When an unconscionable event happens (the brutal death of her daughter), Anna turns to wine and drugs to dull her pain. It takes another murder to get Anna out of the house and into big trouble.
The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window is a dark comedy/drama series created by Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf. The eight-episode series stars Kristen Bell, Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, and Samsara Yetti.
Anna (Kristen Bell) is divorced from her FBI forensic psychiatrist husband, Douglas (Michael Ealy). They are both dealing with the death of their young child at the hands of a serial killer. Anna has never forgiven herself for pestering Douglas into taking their daughter to his job that fateful day. It was “Bring your child to work day” but her husband gave in even though he had an appointment to speak with a serial killer who not only killed his victims, but also ate them. Due to circumstances beyond his control, the child is locked in the interrogation room with the killer. The day of the death was a rainy day and since the loss, Anna is unable to go outside in the rain due to a phobia called Ombrophobia.
Anna spends her time drinking and taking pills to stop the pain which causes her to have frequent hallucinations. Ostracized by her neighbors, Anna stays to herself until a new neighbor moves in across the street. Neil (Tom Riley), a widower, and his young daughter, Emma (Samsara Yetti) at first welcome Anna’s friendship and her casseroles. Anna begins to fall for the handsome neighbor until he introduces her to his girlfriend, Lisa (Shelley Hennig).
When Anna, spying on Neil, witnesses the murder of Lisa, she immediately calls the police, but the investigating officer, Detective Lane (Christina Anthony) thinks Anna is crazy especially since there is no evidence of a crime. Anna decides to solve the crime on her own.
Throughout the eight episodes, we have many suspects which include: Neil, Buell (Cameron Britton) Anna’s handyman who has been repairing the same mailbox for months, and Lisa’s friend Rex (Benjamin Levy Aguilar). The only person who believes Anna is her artist friend, Sloane (Mary Holland). Everyone thinks that Anna is crazy and now Neil won’t even allow Anna to see his daughter.
The series which can be seen on Netflix has not received positive reviews, but I liked it. I love Kristen Bell ever since I saw her on the series The Good Place. I felt that The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window was a great mystery. It had a bit of an Agatha Christie Miss Marple sort of vibe. It was funny and scary in parts, but I definitely wasn’t expecting the ending. I think for most people, they had a problem with the ending. I did not. I loved it, and it leaves room for another season with a new crime. Sometimes, you need to watch a series or film for yourself and just ignore what the critics say. I know for myself, I have come across many a gem that was put down by critics.
Watch The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window and let me know what you think.