The Window review by JesusFreak
The Window
by Amelia Brunskill
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Fiction
Five Star Award

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Age at time of review - 18
Reviewer's Location - Yucaipa, CA, United States
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Jess has always been quieter than her identical twin, Anna. Anna has always been the likeable one – outgoing, confident, and athletic. Jess has always been awkward and unapproachable. However, Jess believes that they share an inseparable bond. That is, until Anna is found dead just outside her bedroom window.

Everyone tries to tell Jess that it was just an accident, but Jess knows better. There are too many questions and not enough answers. Why would Anna be sneaking out at night? Was she seeing somebody? Nothing seems to be adding up. Will Jess figure it out?

Opinion: 

I absolutely LOVED this book! When I first held it in my hands, I had a feeling that I would enjoy it. From the beginning to the end, this book was an absolute delight to read.

First things first – the cover art. It was absolutely gorgeous. It was very simplistic, yet created the perfect mood for the story: dark, somber, and mysterious. I also loved the font used. It was just an incredibly well-made book cover.

Now, onto the words shelled within the cover. The author’s style felt like that of an experienced writer. In fact, I was surprised to learn that The Window was her first novel. It was so incredibly professional and well-written. From the details of the locations that the characters visited down to the characters themselves, I was always intrigued. If the author ever chooses to write another novel, I’ll be sure to pick it up.

All of the characters were expertly written in their own way, but the main character, Jess, was especially well-written. I believe that one of the most important factors of any story is who the main character is. If the main character is annoying and angsty, I’ll immediately be turned off from the book. However, Jess was extremely likeable, and I felt like I could connect with her easily. I could always understand her motives and thoughts. She didn’t whine and could always handle herself without coming off as a know-it-all.

I also enjoyed the passages written by Anna  that were intertwined throughout the book. They gave the novel a kind of ghost-like feeling, as if Anna were watching Jess.

I really wish I could wipe my memory just so that I could re-read this incredible story for the first time again! With relatable characters and a heart-pounding conclusion, The Window will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

 

Rating:
5
Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

Explain your content rating: 

The book’s plot revolves around death and the aftermath of losing a loved one. It has a very dark, somber feel to it throughout the whole story. A few references to sex but nothing explicit. Would recommend for older readers due to the theme of the book.

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