My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you’re a big suspense thriller fan – drop everything, turn off your cell phone, get a huge cup of coffee (tea, cocoa, whatever your favorite drink is), find a comfy reading spot and read this book ASAP. I could not put the book down. To me, this book has a lot in common with Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” film from 1954 and another thriller book from 2015 (and a movie) “The Girl on the Train” (I still think the book was so much better). But trust me, you will be glued to the pages of this book.
Anna Fox, ahem excuse me, Dr. Fox has not left her home in 10 months as she is suffering from Agoraphobia, fear of open spaces. Anna fills her life with chess games, online chat with people who share the same phobia, old suspense thriller movies, lots of Merlot and… spying on her neighbors. What else is there to do when you’re locked in Manhattan townhouse that you’re afraid to leave?! Anna knows her neighbors pretty well, by doing research on them online and by simply looking into their windows thru her very expensive camera lens. She is visited once a week by her physician and physical therapist, who she builds a friendship with and her tenant from the downstairs basement apartment. None of the neighbors visit Dr. Fox, none… except for Russells, a new family that recently moved in into the house across the street.
Every day (and night) goes by just like the previous one… and one night Anna hears a scream. She is aware that something is happening at the house across the street. But after phoning the Russells Anna is being told that she has imagined it all. The next night, thru her window Anna sees something even more horrific, a murder. In a panic, she calls 911, and despite her phobia – runs outside to Russell’s house to help her friend… but Anna collapses shortly after she leaves her door, and is being hospitalized. At the hospital, Anna meets a very kind Detective Little, who listens to her, and promises to look into the case. However, after the thorough investigation, Detective Little assures Anna that the incident has never happened, and it was a simple hallucination that was caused by the mixture of multiple medications and wine. “I know what I saw. It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening…” or is it?
Phenomenal, astonishing and captivating story. This book deserves to be a bestseller.