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Next Reading Group Meeting

Venue: Jane Edsall’s house in Labastide Saves

Date: Monday 1st April

Time: 2pm

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Reading Group Review – The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn

TWIG Reading Group March 2019

‘The Woman in the Window’ by A.J.Finn proved to be a very popular read this February.
This is a psychological thriller set in New York City. The woman of the title, Anna lives in a brownstone house in Harlech which she is unable to leave due to the devastating effects of agoraphobia.
Anna spends her time drinking red wine, to numb some pain, talking to her cat and spying on her neighbours with a high resolution camera.
She has home physio once a week and there is a lodger who lives in a flat downstairs. She speaks regularly to her young daughter and estranged husband via the phone.
On one occasion she hears a piercing scream and witnesses what appears to be a murder. She reports this incident to the police who do arrive but don’t believe what she claims to have observed as credible.
The majority of the group enjoyed this book. It is well written with vivid descriptions of people and incidents. One person felt that the main protagonist came across as so repulsive and manipulative that she felt unable to continue reading.
It was felt to be very Hitchcockian (if that’s a real word) comparing very positively to Rear window, with the appropriate feeling of suspense and tension which made it very page turning. The main character Anna is a woman and many of us were surprised to discover that the author is actually a man because his depiction of Anna was so convincing.
Some people felt the book was a little difficult to get into at the start and that the ending was perhaps a little rushed but generally speaking a very enjoyable read.