Anna spends her days watching old black and white movies and spying on her neighbors. She is agoraphobic and hasn’t left her house for 10 month now. She drinks too much and pops in pills like candy. So nobody believes her when she witnesses a murder through her window in the new neighbor’s house. She is just the crazy lady who never leaves her house and is drunk all the time. So did this murder happen or is she going insane?
The book develops very slowly. It is confusing at first because we don’t get much information why Anna is trapped in her house by her anxieties. The pace only picks up later in the book. There is a lot of repetitive and way too many references to those old classic black and white movies. Actually I liked the writing. Anna’s agoraphobia and her tragic loss are written extremely well and touching. The twists are not so shocking. I really saw most of it coming. But that’s not a bad thing and the end was surprising.
I am a bit torn with my final opinion. The book starts very slow and it lasted a while until I was hooked. If you would have asked me halfway into this book how I would rate it I would have said “2 Stars”. As I said the book started to pick up pace very late but then it was quite gripping. I also liked the writing and how the author drew us into Anna’s phobia. Anna’s trauma which led to her condition is heartbreaking and I found it hard to read. But the story was also sometimes drawn and at the end everything was hush hush. Somehow the story did not run smooth and had definitely some rough edges. There are times when it was totally captivating and then it slowed down and drifted off.
I read that this book will be turned into a movie. I can totally imagine that. I did not dislike the book, I only started to enjoy it after 50% into it. I think it was quite unusual and I give it a solid 3 stars.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review