From the time she was born Anna has never been very easy to notice. As she herself explains: “I don't really disappear, no exactly. I'm just not very noticeable. I'm small and thin, with a face like a glass of water. And I like to hide.” Anna's story begins with her birth and explains how she grew up, eventually making the decision to form an alternate habitat in her family's large mansion-like home. Anna builds a network of false walls, hidden rooms, and narrow passageways that allow her to navigate the home without being seen. Anna disappears into the woodwork, literally, and for years her family does not see her. Anna leaves gifts for her family and uses her mechanical skills to make repairs around the house, and eventually the family comes to regard her almost as a sort of “home spirit” that can fulfill their requests.
Anna's life completely changes however, when she finds a love letter hidden in a crack in the wall. Soon she is exchanging written messages with a mysterious boy who calls himself “F.” But Anna's correspondence with F. reveals important news that gives her a reason to emerge from her hidden world.
I felt that “The Woman in the Wall” was a very interesting book. Anna is very sensitive in some aspects but strong in others, and this divided personality comes through strongly in Patrice Kindl's storyline. The magical world and fascinating heroine make “The Woman in the Wall” a book that I feel is highly worth reading.
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