What did she see?
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
The fact that Dr Anna Fox is a fan of the classic black and white thriller certainly adds to the mood of this book. When Anna sees something whilst looking around the neighbourhood using her camera as a telescope / binoculars just smacks of the wonderful Rear Window.
I was drawn into the book from the start. I have read a couple of reviews stating that it’s a slow starter but for me, I was drawn in from the start. The fact that Anna was a child psychologist who now has mental health issues is very interesting. Even more so when you discover that Anna doesn’t live with her husband and daughter. Although they seem to speak on the phone quite often and have a good relationship. What on earth happened to cause this? Which then makes you ask how reliable is Anna? She is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the comfort of her house for almost a year. She offers advice on a forum for other agoraphobes, plays online Chess and keeps an eye on her neighbours through a camera.
We know that she’s on a cocktail of medication, she drinks Merlot as though it’s water and you begin to wonder what did she actually see? Did she even see anything? Is it all just a figment of her imagination?
This book really does keep you in suspense. Or rather, it kept me in suspense. This isn’t the kind of book that I normally read so maybe I’m not the best judge but it kept me wondering about what was going on. You get just enough snippets of information about Anna’s past to keep you coming back and want to know how it’s all going to end.
I find it hard to believe that this is a debut novel. It’s written so well and with so many twists and turns. and I shall certainly look out for more by this author in the future.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.