The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
Contributed by Eleanor Sherer
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Chapter 1

The first chapter starts with a flashback in which Anna’s character discusses the themes of marriage and loyalty. From her window, Anna highlight...

Chapter 2

The author uses hyperbole to exaggerate the “death” of her neighbors’ marriages. This is evident in her descriptions of them; in which she li...

Chapter 3

In this section, Anna recalls of her family’s plans to sell their house and move to Lenox Hill. In the previous year, Ed had made plans for a new...

Chapter 4

The author conveys Anna’s habit of late night watching of movies. The fact that the first activity she does when she wakes up is to watch her nei...

Chapter 5

The author describes how Anna learns about the identity of her new neighbors after looking them up on social media platforms. They are Alistair and...

Chapter 6

In this section, the author explains to the audience why the woman in the window never goes outdoors. Anna describes that her fear for the outdoors...

Chapter 7

The tone applied by the author is melancholic. He describes how Anna recalls meeting with David for the first time. Since they had started dating, ...

Chapter 8

Anna receives an unexpected guest. Ethan, the teenage son of Alistair and Jane Russell visits her to deliver a gift from his mother. The author des...

Chapter 9

In this section, Anna pries on her previous patients from her phone. She looks up their online profiles to check whether the patients had made any ...

Chapter 10

It’s Halloween, and Anna has no plans. She decides to switch off the lights of her house to avoid treat-or-tricking children who might come to he...

Chapter 11

As Anna watches a French film, she repeatedly hears a thumping sound on her window. Upon investigating the strange sound, it comes to her realizati...

Chapter 12

Luckily, a woman comes to the rescue of the injured persona. She drags her back into the house and gives her first-aid. Anna engages her in a conve...

Chapter 13

Anna’s morning routine starts with breakfast. She then replies to the “Agora” forum in which she offers medical advice to her online patients...

Chapter 14

In this chapter, the author emphasizes the importance of David as Anna’s tenant. He had leased part of the house in her time of need of a person ...

Chapter 15

Once again, the author depicts a discourse between Anna, Ed and Olivia. In the dialogue, Anna is concern about the candy intake of Olivia because t...

Chapter 16

Anna describes that she had sought therapy earlier in the year in order to deal with her condition. She vividly explains her therapy sessions with ...

Chapter 17

The author describes the routine of Anna. With one arm grasping an alcoholic beverage, Anna pries on her neighbors from her Nikon camera using the ...

Chapter 18

When Anna opens the door, she is surprised to find Jane who has carried a bottle of white wine. Although Anna expected her to be angered by her pry...

Chapter 19

Anna spends nearly three hours accompanied by Jane Russell. Anna can barely recall the last time she spent such a long duration with anyone. After ...

Chapter 20

After binge drinking with Jane, Ann wakes up the following morning with a nasty hangover. She recalls the fun that she had had with Jane and the su...

Chapter 21

The author uses dialog to show the close relationship that had existed between Anna and Ed. Anna informs her husband of the previous night’s acti...

Chapter 22

Just as Anna clicks dial, she is met by David who is looking for a tool to help Mr. Russell assemble furniture. The suspicious entry of David into ...

Chapter 23

As David leaves, he lets Bina into the house for Anna’s weekly therapy session. The author reveals the nature of the injury that Anna had agonize...

Chapter 24

In this chapter, the author builds up a virtual relationship between Anna and Lizzie via the Agora site. Anna receives a message from her patient, ...

Chapter 25

Later on, Anna goes to the basement to ask David whether he too had heard the scream. David admits he was at the Russells assembling furniture but ...

Chapter 26

As Anna takes a shower, she acknowledges that her medication could have psychotic effects on her. Since she is a psychologist, Anna fears that by m...

Chapter 27

Anna wakes up after a dream in which she has about her husband. The author still indicates that she missed Ed. While awake, she remembers the domes...

Chapter 28

Contrary to Dr. Fielding’s warning, Anna still takes her pills with wine. Ironically, she wrote a medical journal on the effects of depression an...

Chapter 29

Anna interacts with “grannylizzie” through the Agora forum. From her communication, the misspelt words are an indication that Anna is quite int...

Chapter 30

Anna narrates her road trip with the rest of her family to the snowcapped mountains where they would ski. The author describes how the Ed’s and O...

Chapter 31

The connection that Anna has to Lizzie makes it easy for her to describe her family. However, after narrating her story to Lizzie, Anna starts to f...

Chapter 32

The setting in this section is such that Anna lies on the couch watching a movie. Her drug abuse has gotten so bad that she refers to the wine and ...

Chapter 33

In Anna’s view the ambulance is running late thus it’s up to her to rescue Jane. Just as Jane helped Anna on the day that she collapsed, Anna f...

Chapter 34

Anna stumbles and falls several times as she walks outside. As she goes to save Jane, she recalls of a case in which one of her patients had develo...

Chapter 35

This section continues the narration of Anna’s family vacation. The author gives a flashback of Anna’s family when they had gone for skiing. Ol...

Chapter 36

The author leaves the audience in the state of suspense when he changes the narration from the family trip. The author describes how Anna wakes up ...

Chapter 37

This chapter describes Anna’s and detective Little’s journey from the hospital. Little tells Anna that the police had assumed that her 9-1-1 ca...

Chapter 38

As the detective’s car eases into Anna’s street, she remarks at the changes that have happened. Some of the sites and buildings that she views ...

Chapter 39

Detective Little helps Anna out of the car and into the house. The house is just as she had left it the previous night. The detective finds her pil...

Chapter 40

Detective Little’s partner escorts Alistair into the house. She plays the 911 call in front of everyone in the house. From the call, the detectiv...

Chapter 41

The author describes the “strange” Jane in this chapter. He uses comparison and contrasting techniques to describe the different features betwe...

Chapter 42

Anna feels distressed when she is proven wrong. The author represents her as an alcoholic character especially when she is upset. Anna opens a merl...

Chapter 43

Anna becomes obsessively invested in proving that Alistair was guilty of murder. Since Anna feels that no one else will believe her, she reaches ou...

Chapter 44

Bina seems like the only person that Anna can trust at this time. Anna explains everything to her, from Jane’s visits, the candle that she sends ...

Chapter 45

The author describes a nightmare that Anna has about the character of Jane. At first, the real Jane appears in her dream while holding the locket w...

Chapter 46

Bina leaves early in the morning. As Anna talks to the ghost of Ed, she describes the murder incident to him. Ed is of the theory that perhaps Alis...

Chapter 47

Anna avoids the kitchen windows because she has been traumatized by the death she witnessed. She also fears that Alistair could be watching her fro...

Chapter 48

Conversely, Anna starts to watch the Alistair house again. She gets disappointed when she finds that their windows have been covered with blinds. H...

Chapter 49

As Anna plays online chess and drinks wine, she remembers that David had worked at Russell’s home and would definitely know the real Jane. Anna g...

Chapter 50

David is surprised to find Anna in the basement. This is a violation of his privacy. In his dialog with Anna, his tone is that of anger. Although A...

Chapter 51

In this section, the author focuses on Anna’s treatment regimen. Dr. Fielding calls Anna in a concerned tone to find out whether she needed anyth...

Chapter 52

The author gives a flashback of Anna playing chess with Jane. She is melancholic because she lost Jane. As she recalls the murder, she looks to the...

Chapter 53

The author continues the narration of Anna about how she came to be estranged with her husband. Anna describes how she drove her family through the...

Chapter 54

The author still leaves the audience in suspense when he fails to continue with the narration of the accident. Instead, he highlights the awkward r...

Chapter 55

David and Anna get intimate. The author shows how Anna longs for love and affection. With her agoraphobia, Anna had failed to meet new men whom she...

Chapter 56

Anna wakes up the following morning feeling guilty that she made love to David in her daughter’s bed. This presents a moral predicament to the re...

Chapter 57

The author emphasizes on the depression of Anna. She is filled with resentment and self-pity for herself. Although she witnessed a gruesome murder,...

Chapter 58

In this section, the author highlights Anna’s changed suspicions about Jane’s murderer. She is filled with suspicions against David, being the ...

Chapter 59

Anna’s hate for Alistair makes her suspicions about him to be based on her bias. Driven by her obsession to prove that Alistair is guilty, Anna c...

Chapter 60

Anna is bored and alone in her house. She engages the ghost of her husband in a dialog. As she talks to Ed, she covers her windows to ensure that t...

Chapter 61

Anna has the perception that the impostor is likely to reveal the details about the gruesome murder because Alistair won’t be around to scare her...

Chapter 62

Anna, who is left confused in the coffee shop, is offered help by the Takeda’s son- Nick. She is disappointed because she was unable to confront ...

Chapter 63

When Anna and Ethan are in the house, Anna asks him a series of questions that imply that he knows the whereabouts of his mother. Although Ethan co...

Chapter 64

In Anna’s view, both the imposter and Ethan are frightened of Alistair. As she thinks about this, she drinks wine while referring to herself as t...

Chapter 65

In this chapter, Anna struggles to recall her phone passcode. The author implies that Anna may have probably forgotten it, or it was changed. Anna ...

Chapter 66

The author continues with the description of the scene of Anna’s family road accident. He describes the character of Anna as a strong, empowered ...

Chapter 67

The author changes the narration from the flashback scene of the accident to Anna’s present timeline. After her nap, Anna wakes up with an urge t...

Chapter 68

Although she chooses to maintain her sobriety as she awaits Wesley’s call, by noon she has already downed a bottle. This shows that her mannerism...

Chapter 69

Anna concludes that the email address couldn’t have been Jane’s. In her opinion, somebody else is using her identity to hide behind the façade...

Chapter 70

The sketch proves that Anna indeed spent some time with Jane. The author uses flashback to describe the activities that they engaged in together. A...

Chapter 71

This section begins with the ring of Anna’s doorbell. Although she expects that detective Little is at the door, she is surprised to see Ethan. S...

Chapter 72

Alistair is ushered into the house. He is angry that Anna lured his son into her house. In addition, he claims that Anna infringes on their privacy...

Chapter 73

Among the characters present at her house, David seems to be the only one on her side. As Little interrogates David, the author shows his haughtine...

Chapter 74

The revelation of Anna’s family members deaths leaves the characters in her house baffled. Anna agrees that her family members are dead, but she ...

Chapter 75

Detective Little describes how Anna and her family were rescued after thirty-three hours in the snow. Ed was found dead by the rescue team while Ol...

Chapter 76

After the detectives have also left, Anna is left alone. As she thinks about detective Little’s utterances, she struggles to shut down the voices...

Chapter 77

While still in bed Anna cancels her session with Dr. Fielding. The author indicates the protagonist’s hopelessness that makes her prefer living i...

Chapter 78

The author employs the analogy of movies depicting death for the audience to presume that Anna is likely to be suicidal. This shows that one of the...

Chapter 79

The author emphasizes Anna’s seclusion in this section. When Bina arrives at the house for their weekly therapy sessions, Anna sends her off. She...

Chapter 80

Anna logs into her Agora account and deletes all the new messages. This also shows that she wanted to seclude herself even from her patients on the...

Chapter 81

The author describes Anna’s depressed state. There is, however, hope for the protagonist. It’s been three days since she last drank wine. Nonet...

Chapter 82

As Anna watches her movies, she states that she has filled Punch’s bowl with extra food. This emphasizes that Anna could be seriously considering...

Chapter 83

Anna feels that she has made a remarkable improvement. For the first time in a long time, she makes herself a sandwich. She also gets rid of her ni...

Chapter 84

After the chess game, Anna changes her notion of the imposter and Jane Russell. The wrong chess move has Anna questioning whether the Jane that was...

Chapter 85

With the new ideology of Jane’s murder, Ann decides to reach out to her confidant o share her new theory. She makes a call to Bina to let her kno...

Chapter 86

As Anna has a flashback of the whole incident, she remembers how she met Jane. From her perspective, Anna preempted the woman’s name as Jane Russ...

Chapter 87

Anna is startled by the noise. She realizes that she left her phone elsewhere, so she cannot call for help. As she creeps out of bed to look for he...

Chapter 88

The startling voice is familiar to Anna. When she gets downstairs, she is surprised to see Alistair. He is drunk and angry. The fact that he wears ...

Chapter 89

When Anna wakes up the following day, she inspects her bruised throat. She decides against reporting the incident to the police because she fears t...

Chapter 90

In the evening, Anna chooses to remain in bed to forget about Jane and the previous night’s incident when Alistair had nearly choked her to death...

Chapter 91

Anna is exuberated by her new discovery. She is happy that the reflection in the picture affirms the existence of Jane. With the picture, she has a...

Chapter 92

The thought that Ethan had been caught talking to Anna on the phone frightens her. Anna is petrified for Ethan who’s in trouble because of her. I...

Chapter 93

Ethan is taken aback by this. He admits that the woman in the photo was his biological mother. Ethan says that he had been adopted when he was five...

Chapter 94

Anna is terrified that she allowed Ethan to return home after he confessed the truth. She fears that Alistair would reprimand him for this. The aut...

Chapter 95

The author twists the narrative when Ethan appears at Anna’s house and incriminates himself. He gets into Anna’s bedroom in the middle of the n...

Chapter 96

This section depicts Anna’s brawl with Ethan. She kicks him and runs out of the room while Ethan follows in pursuit. Anna hides in one of the roo...

Chapter 97

Anna must overcome her fear of the outdoors by climbing through the roof. The author shows Anna as a bold character when she gets on the roof despi...

Chapter 98

Ethan falls on the glass with a thud. The skylight disintegrates, and Ethan falls through the glass. The nasty fall kills him instantly. The author...

Chapter 99

This section marks the anticlimax of the author’s narration. The conflict in the novel has been resolved. Katie’s mystery murder has been unrav...

Chapter 100

The final chapter of the book shows a happy ending. The tone in this section is optimistic. The author indicates that Anna has come to terms with t...

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