Dual Thriller Review

The start of my year has been especially thrilling thanks to the introduction of Mystery Thrillers to my reading regimen. I have always been drawn to mystery stories but I usually only read fantasy stories that contained mysteries.

34848682The Woman in the Window

By A. J. Finn

Published January 2nd 2018

Rating 5/5 leafs

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Overview

I’ve already heard talk of this book becoming a movie and that is one of the best decisions Hollywood has ever made. This is going to be a hit. Although this seems like a story that might get boring, being that it follows one woman in her house for the whole book, it never gets old. With very limited resources to work with, A. J. Finn creates an intelligent and satisfying mystery.

What To Expect

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Anna is a very interesting character to read from. Her viewpoint is addictive because she is obviously smart but she dulls her intelligence with mixing her medication with alcohol. This makes her alternatively observant and unbalanced. She knows that some of her habits are bad for her (alcohol, spying on her neighbors) but she does it without thinking as if she can’t help it. I really felt for Anna and even cried at her struggle at some points in the story.

leaf iconAgoraphobia

Although this is fiction, this book taught me many things I didn’t know about agoraphobia. The fact that Anna is a psychologist helps this because she knows all about her condition. She even helps people on a Agoraphobia support group.

leaf iconSmall Setting

This book takes place basically in one house. The farthest we get from this house is the end of the street. Although this is the case, it never gets boring. You learn so much about Anna and her past and the neighbors and it all adds up to make a spectacular twist.

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By Jane Harper

Published May 31st 2016

Rating 5/5 leafs

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Synopsis from Goodreads

A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning new author.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

Overview

The synopsis says that this novel is atmospheric and that is right. Although this book was released in 2016, it came onto my radar in a big way recently with the release of the second novel in the series, Force of Nature. When I finished The Dry I immediately went out and bought the second, it was that good. One of my YouTubers, Kendra Winchester, recently spoke of these books saying that they didn’t need to do the usual flashy twists because Jane Harper’s writing is beautiful. I agree with this wholeheartedly.

What To Expect

leaf iconSetting

The setting of this is what makes the whole novel extremely interesting. Not only is it a small town which can be deliciously unwelcoming and weird, the town is full of farmers that haven’t had decent rain in two years. The whole town feels like it’s about to catch fire just like the land.

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The history that Aaron Falk has with this town is just as much of a mystery as the current dilemma that the town has of the deaths of some of it’s most prominent members. I often wondered if they had something to do with each other or if you ever going to find out what happened all those years ago.

leaf iconCharacters

All the characters walk the line of being helpful and suspicious. They all take their turn being under the microscope. I feel that Harper did a really excellent job hiding and revealing people’s secrets in their time. She led us masterfully where Aaron Falk was thinking.

Let’s chat! Have you read any of these thrillers? What did you think? What has been your favorite thriller? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

10 Responses

  1. They were both pretty awesome!
    I loved the claustrophobic feel of the woman in the window.

    The Dry was one of the most atmospheric stories i read last year, and the main character, Falk, is awesome ❤

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  2. Rachel

    Woop guess I’ve found 2 more books to add to my TBR! I was so excited to see you wrote another review! I love the way your format them with the leafletts! The Dry sounds especially interesting; I love atmospheric reads!

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