Book Tour Review: The Window


The Window

by Amelia Brunskill
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 3, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
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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 toher 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 touncover.

Because Anna wasn’t the only one with secrets.
 Having twins myself, the story-line immediately drew me in as we follow Jess Cutter whose twin sister, Anna, was lost after climbing out of her window. Being unable to believe this, she set about trying to solve the mystery on her own. I felt the plot dragged at certain points and Jess, who was the shy, quiet twin had the same autistic tendencies as my twin son actually. This drew me in a little bit more and let me graze over the dragging feeling I had. The flip-side to the twins, Anna, reminded me of my twin daughter also, very outgoing.
The “who done it” aspect of the mystery, for me, was quick for me to figure out, however the “why” took a bit longer and even then, still had me wondering if there was a twist to it. Really good debut novel that I was thrilled to have received for a book tour; looking forward to more from the author, Amelia Brunskill.

My Favorite Quotes

My favorite quotes all made me think of my own twins:
Good at school, bad at life. That could be my slogan. ~ This reminded me of my twin son with how he believes his life is.
As Jess is walking through the halls of the school, everything that is running through her head is making her feel even more worrisome and even nauseous. With the end-all thought also making me think of my son; Anna would know, though; Anna paid attention.
This one is gut-wrenching for me; She had been the only one who’d understood that. Who understood me. There is a bond with twins, scary, yet comforting.


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 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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