The Window by Amelia Brunskill
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside–it’s hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything. Or so Jess thought. After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?
Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it’s a way to stay busy and find closure . . . but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover. Because Anna wasn’t the only one with secrets. Taut and atmospheric, THE WINDOW will keep you guessing until the end.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy of The Window for an honest review.
The Window is a gripping book dealing with grief. The questions of when should you let go and should you follow your instincts if you think there was more to their death or is it just a way of not letting go. This book was one I connected with on an emotional level as an identical twin, I felt that the author really understood the connection and bond we have and that others sometimes feel left out of. I also loved that she knew about identity issues among twins because that is a huge thing, wanting to separate a little to be your own person, even though you love the other one so much.
“Time only moves in one direction, though, so I just kept looking up at the sky and watching the unnamed clouds go by.”
The mystery aspect of what happened to Anna the night she died was really a great added bonus to this book. I will say that it was unexpected and that I was guessing all sorts of things and it was all wrong. I loved that I was wrong.
Will solving what happened to Anna give Jess the closure she is seeking? Will Jess find a new her along the way? You have to read to find out!
This is a fast paced read that you will not want to miss out on. I really enjoyed the writings from Anna that we got along the way as clues to her life. This book will be a treasure for me and I can’t wait to see what Amelia writes next. I would definitely recommend and I am giving it 4.5 out 5 stars.
AMELIA BRUNSKILL lives in Chicago with her husband and her dog, Max the corgi. She is a librarian who drinks excessive amounts of tea and does not always return her books on time. The Window is her first novel.
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