The Window by Amelia Brunskill

The Window

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...

Details The Window

TitleThe Window
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

Reviews The Window

  • Erin
    With smart, sharp prose and a dark but relatable undercurrent, this book pulls you through the labyrinth-like mystery of a teen girl's life and her tragic end. Yet it's also a poignant story of sisterhood (twinhood, specifically), young romance, and grief, and employs some drop-dead gorgeous imagery (a girl flying through the air before crashing to the ground; the slick walls of a deep, dark well). I particularly enjoyed the little interstitial c...
  • Dylan
    5 stars.I'll have a review up on, soon, BUT HOLY MACARONI.
  • K.A.
    Review to come. But, my god, this book was amazing.
  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
    Twins & mysteries will get me every time!! I had so many theories while reading this book (which is always a good sign for a mystery), and I just had to keep reading to see if any of them were right. The only thing I wanted more from were the characters-- I wished they felt just a little more alive. It's not the most thrilling YA mystery I've read, but it made up for it with a surprising amount of heart. Jess was a pretty clinical, matter-of-fact...
  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    Quite The Novel Idea ~ Novel Ink3.5 starsI'm not sure what to think anymore right now. Not sure how to write this review in a coherent way. Upon finishing The Window, my mind is all over the place. My thoughts scrambled. And while I do have some things that irked me about this book, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Honestly, more than I thought I would before picking it up. And I'm not sure where to go from here.The Window tells the story of Jess ...
  • Jessica
    Well now, this was a pleasant surprise! I don't think I've read too many YA mystery novels, or if I have I don't quite remember them, so this was a nice place to settle in. My first thought is that Amelia Brunskill has quite a talent for pacing, which I'll expand on in a bit. The Window drew me in, and I ran through it so quickly that it actually surprised me. I love effortless reads, and this book definitely fits that bill.Jess and Anna. Anna an...
  • Lindsay
    After the death of her twin sister Anna, Jess vows to figure out what happened. The premises had my attention regarding the mystery, but the plot was very slow. Jess was hard to connect with. She made assumptions on a single piece of evidence and stuck with that story, blaming the beloved English teacher and cross-country/track coach for seducing her twin. She joins track and frequently stalks this teacher, trying to see if he will slip up and do...
  • Dana Mele
    I read an ARC of this book and absolutely loved it. From the first page, I was drawn into this story and had a very hard time putting it down. The narrator, Jess, is investigating the death of her twin, which she refuses to believe is as simply explained as everyone else seems to. Jess is such a complex and beautifully drawn character, as is the sister she lost. Jess makes a series of startling decisions, but the author has written her so well th...
  • Kathy Martin
    This excellent story begins with Jess, thinking in gym class, that she is doomed to be out of fashion for her whole life and eager to tell her twin Anna about her realization. Only the counselor comes to the door, her parents are in the main office, and her sister Anna has been found dead lying on the ground below her bedroom window.The rest of the story follows Jess as she tries to find out what happened to her sister and what she didn't know ab...
  • Katherine Moore
    *Utterly absorbing read; following Jess as she tries to unearth the mystery surrounding her twin sister Anna’s death is both captivating and moving. I’ll have my full review posted for my ‘The Window’ BLOG TOUR post soon (on 3/30/18) here:
  • Deborah Schaumberg
    I found The Window hard to put down. Anyone who has ever felt the connection between sisters will love this book! With powerful imagery and realistically flawed characters, the story weaves Jess's point of view with moments of Anna's. It's tragic and beautiful and dark.
  • Lauren
    The cover is what originally earned The Window a place on my TBR pile. Now that I've read the book, I have two things to say. First, the cover is spot on. It perfectly captures the atmosphere of the story - eerie, dark, and attention-grabing. Second and best of all, The Window posses a lot more than just a stunning cover. When The Window begins Anna is already dead and Jess is reeling from the loss. Jess can't believe, won't believe, that it was ...
  • Rachel León
    Yes, I'm friends with the author so maybe I'm a little biased, but this book is fantastic. It kept me guessing and I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it.
  • Laurie
    I read this quickly, wanting to find out, along with Jess, what really happened to her twin sister Anna, who died from a fall out of a window. Jess's reaction to grief was realistic and well-portrayed, the resolution was surprising, and I especially appreciated that romance didn't solve all of Jess's problems. This was a suspenseful and satisfying read.*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest revi...
  • Alexina
    Thank you to NetGalley for this much-anticipated (by me) ARC in exchange for an honest review.Summary: On a school day as regular as all the others, Jess is pulled from gym class to be told the news that her twin sister, Anna, has been found dead while, presumably, sneaking out the window the night before. Her death is chalked up to an accident, which Jess mostly believes, until she starts paying attention to the world and the things people are s...
  • Jennifer
    Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplierJess is the shy, quiet twin, 100% opposite of her gregarious outgoing sister Anna. But they are twins, they are best friends, they tell each other everything. Or so Jess thought. Until Anna dies while sneaking out her bedroom window. Everyone else is calling it a tragic accident. But Jess has questions: where was Anna going? Who was she going to meet? And how had they gr...
  • Jenni
    I really REALLY enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would.The mystery/suspense wasn't anything award worthy, but I enjoyed the story none-the-less. I've seen others complain about it being slow, but I disagree. It wasn't action packed certainly, but it was a fast read, and the build-up wasn't frustrating when we got to the conclusion. Basically this is about a twin sister who after learning about her sister's "Accidental" death, decides to u...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Mysterious and I really enjoyed the writing style. Not sure if it's a 4.5 or a 5 yet, but either way, a great read!
  • Jessica Bayliss
    A really engaging murder mystery with an authentic main character. Definitely found myself guessing along the way. Beautiful writing. An all-around great read for fans of ONE OF US IS LYING.
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  • Marie Cruz
    I enjoyed this read very much. It’s everything you want in book—complicated relationships and a mystery that will keep you riveted until the end. I highly recommend this book!!
  • Madeline J.
    This book was so captivating! As I read, I felt just as curious and eager to find out the truth as Jess was. Each chapter leaves you wanting more information and you feel compelled to keep going. Amelia's characters are human and real and at the core of this story is a lovely, complicated relationship between twins. The author captured a wide array of emotions that teens experience and did so beautifully. I loved this book!
  • Jennifer H.
    The story was intriguing enough. Twin sister is found dead under her bedroom window leaving her twin no other choice, but to solve the crime herself. I'm a big fan of this subject. I love a good 'who dunnit?' and everything discovered and under covered to get there. Unfortunately this particular story didn't give me anything new that I haven't already read before. Once I knew the story, I could easily pinpoint all the players and having all that ...
  • Brooke
    Thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for a digital ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.When Jess Cutter gets pulled out of her first period gym class by the school counselor, she knows it can’t be good. Her twin sister Anna is dead. Her broken body was found this morning below her bedroom window ... it seems she fell to her death while trying to sneak out last night. As the details of Anna’s death are revealed, a devasta...
  • Breda
    Simultaneously a thriller and an exploration of grief, THE WINDOW is a lovely debut with a fresh perspective.Narrator Jess is closed off to the world, but that's fine, because she has Anna to translate for her. Until Anna's death, when Jess suddenly finds herself wrestling both with her own loss and with a profusion of people she has no idea how to relate to. Alone, she tries to find out the truth about what happened to her sister - and in the pr...