Blog Tour: The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Posted March 30, 2018 by Bee || 8 Comments

Blog Tour: The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Hello lovelies! Today I’m hosting the tour for The Window by Amelia Brunskill, in which I’m giving you my thoughts on the book as well as an awesome giveaway!

About the Book

Blog Tour: The Window by Amelia BrunskillThe Window by Amelia Brunskill
Published by Delacorte on April 3rd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
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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 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.

Bee’s Thoughts

I’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 Cutter, who just lost her twin sister Anna after she tragically fell climbing out of her window. At least that’s what everyone believes happened. Jess is sure there is more to it. Because it doesn’t make sense. So she starts looking for clues. Because she needs to know what happened. And the deeper she digs, the more secrets come up. Truths no one wants her to uncover.

I was immediately pulled into this book by the writing. It’s very compelling and I was invested in the mystery right away. I wanted to know what happened just as much as Jess did. And while I did have suspicions throughout the story, in the end the truth did come as a surprise to me. I liked the twists and turns of this story and how well the author captured the atmosphere of a small town where everyone has secrets. I also really enjoyed the snippets of Anna’s POV – which were no more than brief thoughts, like diary entries – that were weaved throughout Jess’ narrative. They added a lot to the mystery and overall vibe of the story. I also really liked the growing friendship between Jess and two other girls and how her world kind of opened up more when she starts paying attention.

However, I do have to admit that around the halfway point, things dragged a little. But they sped up pretty quickly after that with a lot happening leading up to the climax. I also suspected that Jess might be lowkey on the autism spectrum. BUT this was never addressed in the book itself, which is a shame and a missed opportunity. Could be that I read into things wrong and that it’s not like that at all. But the way her character is written made it feel a bit obvious to me.

The Window was a wild ride full of twists and turns and I’m glad I read it. It’s a solid mystery and I’d definitely recommend giving this one a shot if you like small town murder mysteries and twin stories. 


Prize: 3 copies of THE WINDOW by Amelia Brunskill (US Only)

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Love, Bee

About Amelia Brunskill

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.


Co-Blogger at Novel Ink & Quite The Novel Idea
Bee (born as Bieke) is 27 years old and from Belgium. (No she won't send waffles.) She's a strange, nerdy and anxious creature floating around somewhere on the ace spectrum. Oh, and she also writes books as Nelly B. Jones. Or tries to anyway. She also blogs over at Quite The Novel Idea.

8 responses to “Blog Tour: The Window by Amelia Brunskill

  1. This sounds very interesting. I hadn’t heard of it, but occasionally I crave books like this one with a mystery. I’m bummed to hear the middle dragged just a bit though.
    Glad you enjoyed it overall!

  2. I’ve never heard of this one, but it does sound interesting! Bummer about the slow middle. I hate when that happens. I don’t read a lot of murder mysteries, but I may have to check this one out!

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  4. John Smith

    “What do you think about ACE OF SHADES? Will you be adding it to your TBR?” I think it sounds good and I have added it to my TBR!

  5. I really do love a good mystery/thriller, and after having read the blurb and your review, I’m pretty keen for this one. I love the title and the cover. They are both creepy and atmospheric, which I love. I also do have a soft spot for stories about twins so I’m hooked. Definitely adding this on to the TBR 😀

    To be honest, I feel like authors are terrified of the word autistic. There are so many books out there with characters that very much read autistic and the author just never states it. I think it’s a problem, to be honest. And I think it’s something the YA book community needs to address. Autistic isn’t a bad word, and authors need to use it if they’re coding their characters.

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