A.J.Finn’s 2018 hit murder puzzle Amazon is becoming the big-screen treatment using an Oscar-pedigreed cast — Amy Adams is set to star as the protagonist, Anna Fox, with Gary Oldman for a neighbor that arouses Anna’s suspicions.
The addictive 2018 page-turner pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and a host of other noirish films — and fittingly so, because Anna is a lover of those previous movies and finds herself tangled in a dark narrative worthy of Hitchcock himself.
If you’re wondering what exactly it is the girl in the window sees before you see the film, keep on reading.
Otherwise, turn back, because a great deal of spoilers are coming in you.
Anna Fox is a child psychologist in her late 30s, living independently in her Harlem brownstone.
She’s separated from her husband, Ed, who lives away from her with their daughter, Olivia, though she talks to all them daily.
Meanwhile, Anna has not worked in quite a while, having been swallowed by a case of agoraphobia (along with a hefty quantity of wine and pills) that prevents her from ever leaving her house.
Her housebound condition leads her to obsess over all of her neighbors, who include the newly transplanted Russell family, consisting of father Alistair, mom Jane, and teenaged son Ethan.
Jane and Ethan both take an interest in Anna, and she befriends each.
1 day since Anna is looking in their house, she witnesses what resembles Jane being stabbed to death in the living area.
When Anna goes to the authorities, they do not believe her, because she comes off as an agoraphobic drunk who imagined the murder, also — spin! — Jane Russell, the spouse and mother, is still living, but she’s not the woman Anna had met and seen murdered.
Convinced the other Jane is an impostor, Anna stays obsessed with the Russell family, sure that Alistair is the one who killed the original Jane, which he is abusive to his son, Ethan.
As Anna investigates Alistair further, she gets closer to Ethan.
The detectives after up with Anna show the magnificent truth about Anna’s family: Ed and Olivia, her husband and daughter that she talks to everyday, are dead.
It is revealed that the previous calendar year, Anna and her family had gone on a weekend trip to Vermont before a massive snowstorm.
The holiday vibes were short-lived, though, as it was soon disclosed that Ed and Anna split because of Anna’s affair with her business partner.
Ed confronted Anna, forcing her to inform their daughter about his or her separation.
Olivia was so angry she insisted the family drive back home to New York, regardless of the fact that the snowstorm was about to rage.
On the drive home, Anna crashed the car; though she survived the wreck, her husband and daughter didn’t.
This reduction is what drives Anna to restrict herself indoors in the present in the novel, self-medicating with booze and pills.
Pretending they’re alive is only a symptom of her PTSD.
In current day, Alistair continues to terrify Anna and deny the occurrence of the original Jane Russell, but if Anna discovers a picture of the original Jane on her telephone — demonstrating she had been real — Anna presses Ethan for its reality.
He admits the original Jane Anna had fulfilled was his birth mother, Katherine, and Alistair and Jane had embraced him as a kid.
Katherine was hooked on drugs when she had Ethan, along with her lowlife boyfriends frequently beat up him as a kid.
Now clean, she had been lurking round the family, attempting to get close to Ethan, and he shows that Jane had murdered Katherine to protect him.
He informs Anna that his parents took the entire body upstate and buried her, and they now fear Anna because she’s the one person who had really seen Katherine.
While Anna tries to figure out her next move, she has an epiphany that makes her wonder Ethan.
He looks in her bedroom admitting he visits her at night, and was doing this for some time.
In fact, he had also stolen her home secret, catfished her online since an older woman to learn the details of what occurred with her family, injured her kitty, and whined about his mum murdering Katherine.
That was all, he admits, letting on that he’d been diagnosed with a personality disorder.
He’d been having fun manipulating Anna after he’d become obsessed with her, and picked her as his next victim.
Anna realizes the entire time Alistair was attempting to protect her from Ethan, not the other way round.
At a game of cat and mouse in Anna’s home, both have a showdown on the roof garden in a rainstorm, and Anna gets the better of the teen killer, forcing him through the skylight into his death.
The story ends with Anna eventually getting closed over her family’s deaths and Alistair heading to jail for acting as an accessory to Katherine’s murder.
We can not wait to see how these spins play on the huge screen, and if the film will be as spellbinding as one of Anna’s old-movie faves, once the adaptation comes out on May 15.