Monday, April 2, 2018

Review—The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Publisher: Delacorte 
Published: April 3, 2018
Genre: Mystery
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 3 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.

I enjoyed The Window for the fact that it had twins. I don’t know what it is about stories with that feature twin storylines that has me so intrigued, but I know I always have to read them when I see one available. This is the story about Jess and the tragic death of her twin sister, Anna. Jess doesn’t think her death is all what it seems. 

This is a story where it seems like anyone and everyone could be the culprit involved in Anna’s death. But how could that be? Especially when Anna hadn’t been very truthful and kept a bunch of secrets. 

I like this book, it kept me turning the pages wondering what would happen next. But it was a little slow at times causing me to put the book down. I’ll admit that the big reveal in the end was a little anticlimactic and predictable. Overall, I thought this was a good mystery novel with multidimensional characters and I look forward to reading more from the author. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:
Amelia Brunskill was born in Melbourne, Australia, but she grew up mostly in Washington state where she picked a lot of blackberries, read a lot of books, and failed to properly appreciate the epic beauty of the mountains and the Pacific ocean.

She earned her bachelors degrees in psychology and art from the University of Washington and her master in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Chicago, where she eats as much Thai food as possible and works as a librarian.

The Window is her debut novel. 


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