Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Jess has always shared everything with her twin sister Anna as well as relying on Anna to be the outgoing one.  After Anna dies, apparently by falling from her window while sneaking out for the night, Jess is lost.  Of course she's grieving, but she also has some questions about Anna's last night because the police report doesn't seem to add up.  The more Jess looks into her death, the more secrets finds her twin was keeping from her.  Did Jess actually know anything about her sister?  And who can she trust now to help her uncover the truth about Anna's death?

I wasn't sure about this book at the beginning because it got off to a slow, but familiar, start.  Jess is the quiet one who is left essentially voiceless after the death of her outgoing friend/family member and needs to find her own way in the world.  Having read several titles with that framework, I was unimpressed, especially since Jess didn't grab me as a compelling character and I thought the book was primarily going to be about her grieving process.  But fairly quickly we began to find out that Anna had her secrets, one that is pretty darn big, and I found myself zipping through the chapters.  I was even fooled by the red herring of who is to blame for Anna's death.  For a little while, at least.  It's not the finest mystery I've ever read, but I was engaged and I know my students will like it if I can booktalk them past the slow beginning.


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