In the vein of Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware, a bold and suspenseful psychological thriller about a young woman with a rare neurological condition who is convinced her neighbor is going to be murdered—from the author of the “timely must-read” (People) The German Girl.
Leah has been living with akinetopsia, or motion blindness, since she was a child. For the last twenty years, she hasn’t been able to see movement. As she walks around her upper Manhattan neighborhood with her white stick tapping in front, most people assume she’s blind. But the truth is Leah sees a good deal, and with her acute senses of smell and hearing, very little escapes her notice.
She has a quiet, orderly life, with little human contact beyond her longtime housekeeper, her doctor, and her elderly neighbor. That all changes when Alice moves into the apartment next door and Leah can immediately smell the anxiety wafting off her. Worse, Leah can’t help but hear Alice and a late-night visitor engage in a violent fight. Worried, she befriends her neighbor and discovers that Alice is in the middle of a messy divorce from an abusive husband.
Then one night, Leah wakes up to someone in her apartment. She blacks out and in the morning is left wondering if she dreamt the episode. And yet the scent of the intruder follows her everywhere. And when she hears Alice through the wall pleading for her help, Leah makes a decision that will test her courage, her strength, and ultimately her sanity.
A woman with a rare neurological condition that prevents her from seeing movement fears her next-door neighbor might be killed in the gripping latest from Correa (In Search of Emma). Twenty-eight-year-old Leah Anderson has lived with akenatopsia, or "motion blindness," for two decades. Only able to perceive objects that are perfectly still, Leah has developed sharper senses of smell and hearing as a result, allowing her to scent a perfume across a crowd or hear someone shrug into a coat on the next floor of her Manhattan apartment building. Her condition has left her isolated, especially since the recent death of her mother, and she has little contact with people aside from her housekeeper, elderly neighbors, and doctor. One evening, however, Leah becomes convinced she's overheard her next-door neighbor, Alice, in a violent fight with her estranged husband. Leah resolves to get close to Alice, worrying that she alone can save the woman from harm. But can Leah trust her senses? Or are they betraying her yet again? Correa brings new life to the familiar Rear Window conceit, wrapping things up with a stunning finale that forces readers to reevaluate each character and their motives. Paula Hawkins fans will devour this.
Held my attention from start to finish. An unusual main character, an intriguing plot. My only note is that all the reveals came all bunched up at the very end.