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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Delacorte Press #Partner For sending me a free copy in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I read the synopsis on a few months ago, and I was instantly sold, I emailed in to request it, that same day. So it was a happy day a few weeks later when it came in the mail. I was excited to start it this month.
From the first page, I was hooked. The random passages from Anna talking to someone, and giving small glimpses into what she was going through was very addicting, I found myself wanting to get to those parts quickly.
I felt so bad for Anna, she was walking around feeling like half of her was missing, and while she couldn’t move on, everyone else around her was.
Awhile into the book, you start to realize that something is adding up. I had plenty of ideas what I thought was happening, and what I thought the outcome was going to be, it was just who I thought Anna was with. Pleasantly, I was wrong, so it was great to end this book with a surprise.
This was a fairly quick read, there is something about YA books that just flow so easily, and it’s nice to be reminded every so often have how good the YA genre is. I enjoyed Brunskill’s writing style, her character development was very enjoyable as well. I sympathized with Jess, I wanted her to get her answers, and to find justice for her sister.
I am a mother of twin boys, I have gotten to witness the bond they have with each other, it’s a bond that no outsider will ever understand. So kudos to Brunskill for capturing that aspect of being twins so perfectly well. And for showing the readers what it feels like for one twin to lose another. I look forward to reading more from Amelia Brunskill. This was a remarkable debut novel.
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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.