Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"The Window" by Carol Ellis

Scholastic Children's Books

Jody Used the binoculars to see if she could see light anywhere else in the cabin, maybe the hall, but all she saw was darkness.  She moved the binoculars slightly, to where she'd seen the figure last night, and gasped out loud.

Somebody was there.

Jody tightened her grip on the binoculars.  The somebody wasn't just walking by.  He was bent over, like last night, but not dragging anything.  What was he doing?  Kicking, that was it.  Kicking at the snow and looking down.  Looking for something.  For that shiny thing?  He'd lost something last night when he'd dragged the bag away, and now he'd come back to find it.

But why at night?  The moon was out, but so were the clouds, and they kept drifting across the light, making it harder than ever for Jody to see.  Half the time she thought the person had gone, but then she'd catch a movement agin, and know he was still there, kicking at the snow.

Then the kicking stopped.  But the person was still there.  She could just make out a dark form, motionless in the snow.  Standing there.  Staring.  Staring up at her.

Jody suddenly shrank backa nd ducked down, her heart pounding like a drum.  She'd been seen.  The glass in the binoculars must have caugt the moonlight and given her away.  And now, whoever was out there knew Jody had been watching everything...

Back Cover Synopsis:

It should have been the skiing holiday of a lifetime. But Jody sprains her ankle and finds herself alone with nothing to do but gaze out of her cabin window.

Gazing into the cabin of a beautiful neighbor she witnesses the fight, the murder and the killer...or does she?

And if the murder is real, has the killer been watching Jody?

I liked this book well enough.  I found the beginning a little confusing at the author pretty much attempted to introduce a whole group of people in the span of a few pages.  However, the rest of the story made up for the slow start.

The storyline will keep you flipping the pages, it totally kept me immersed so I completed the book in on sitting.  It gave me a wintry, cozy feeling.  I just wanted to cuddle up in a fleece blanket and drink some hot chocolate as I read.

Worth the read for adults and YA readers alike!

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