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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?


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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?

30 review for The Window

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Jody Sanderson goes on a skiing trip at Brevard Pass with a bunch of kids she doesn't really know well. (Jody's friend Kate planned this trip with Jody but then came down with the flu and now she can't go with her. So Kate persuades Jody to go on the ski trip without her.) Jody arrives at Brevard Pass and she meets some of the other kids. After having an accident on the slopes Jody hurts her ankle. She decides to stay indoors in the cabin while the other kids go to a party. Bored and groggy on p Jody Sanderson goes on a skiing trip at Brevard Pass with a bunch of kids she doesn't really know well. (Jody's friend Kate planned this trip with Jody but then came down with the flu and now she can't go with her. So Kate persuades Jody to go on the ski trip without her.) Jody arrives at Brevard Pass and she meets some of the other kids. After having an accident on the slopes Jody hurts her ankle. She decides to stay indoors in the cabin while the other kids go to a party. Bored and groggy on pain pills Kate starts looking out the window...and she thinks she witnesses a murder in another cabin. This was an enjoyable read for young adults but it wasn't very scary. The murder didn't happen till about halfway through the story so there wasn't much action or suspense till then. But it was still a fun, short, entertaining read. This book reminded me slightly of that old Hitchcock movie "Rear Window".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    This is basically Rear Window, which isn’t a bad thing! Jody was supposed to be going on a skiing trip to Brevard Pass with Kate, but with her friend ill with flu she goes on the trip with a group of complete strangers. During the trip Jody slips on the ice and hurts her ankle, whilst resting in bed she witnesses a murder. I still found it to be a really entertaining read, the mystery element was fun having been introduced to the six strangers earlier on in the book. I was surprised by the reveal!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Another blast from the past during my teenage years. This one was an obvious inspiration of Hitchcock’s Rear Window with a young female protagonist. I’m sure I thought this was the bee’s knees back in 1992, but in 2018 it was just okay. Decent writing, interesting characters. The suspense fell flat. Carol Ellis ain’t no Hitchcock, but who is. Still a decent read and one of the better selections in the Point Thriller line.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chantal

    I found this little book at the thrifstore and I thought that nothing would happen in it because it was written for kids. I have to say it surprised me to have a real story of murder in it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Not great literature or great horror but entertaining. Good for an easy read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sati Marie Frost

    One-Line Review: Don’t stay in bed for days, staring out the window, because of a sprained ankle. Full Review: Okay, so it's a total ripoff of Rear Window. At least it's a fairly good ripoff. Jody has gone skiing with a bunch of kids she doesn't know, since she was invited by a friend who's now stuck at home with flu. (Does this really happen? If the only person I knew on a trip had to cancel, I'd likely cancel too, particularly if everyone else knew each other and I hadn't invested any money in i One-Line Review: Don’t stay in bed for days, staring out the window, because of a sprained ankle. Full Review: Okay, so it's a total ripoff of Rear Window. At least it's a fairly good ripoff. Jody has gone skiing with a bunch of kids she doesn't know, since she was invited by a friend who's now stuck at home with flu. (Does this really happen? If the only person I knew on a trip had to cancel, I'd likely cancel too, particularly if everyone else knew each other and I hadn't invested any money in it. Not to mention the fact that my parents would have been iffy about me going away with a bunch of strangers at the age of 17, even strangers that my best friend vouched for. But maybe that's just me.) Anyway, she goes to a ski resort with six strangers, skis for a couple of days, and then sprains her ankle and ends up stuck in bed. (I've had sprained ankles, and torn ligaments, and broken bones. I did NOT end up confined to bed in a single room, doped up on painkillers. Again, maybe just me.) While she's stuck in bed, she watches people in other cabins (not just me!) and sees what might be the murder of the beautiful, spoilt girl in the cabin next door, who is love-hated by two of the guys in Jody's group and just plain hated by the other four. She's not sure that anything really happened. There was a red stain that could have been blood, but it's gone now. The girl hasn't been seen again, but she did say she might be leaving any minute. There was someone dragging something heavy through the snow, but that could have been garbage bags. Then the girl shows up dead. Dear Lord, why do these kids not phone the police?! For all its faults, though, The Window is a pretty good read. Carol Ellis manages to weave a feeling of alienation through the book, allowing the reader to get a pretty good idea of the isolation and confusion that Jody feels, not knowing anyone properly, not really being able to trust anyone, not being mobile enough to just leave. It's a lonely book, with enough bitchiness and friction between the supporting characters to keep you on your toes, and a bizarre villain who somehow works. Tense and creepy. Verdict: Not an especially comfortable read, but quite chilling.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    EDIT 2: Okay, so I got through this latest reread and I really did enjoy the book again. But probably not as much as THE LIFEGUARD, the one I re-read before this one. It's certainly got nice man meat to keep the teens occupied, but in my warped mind apparently nobody can compare to Neale Connell. Hehe. Still, it's a cool and creepy mystery, and I like the main character Jody. Often when I'm reading these books, I'm thinking of how they could be expanded into a "proper" full length novel, really e EDIT 2: Okay, so I got through this latest reread and I really did enjoy the book again. But probably not as much as THE LIFEGUARD, the one I re-read before this one. It's certainly got nice man meat to keep the teens occupied, but in my warped mind apparently nobody can compare to Neale Connell. Hehe. Still, it's a cool and creepy mystery, and I like the main character Jody. Often when I'm reading these books, I'm thinking of how they could be expanded into a "proper" full length novel, really enriched. It makes me wonder if the authors of these works ever wish they'd written them as proper novels. EDIT: I'm reading this again in 2011...yay! This was always one of my favourite Point books. Some nice man meat to choose from, and I still remember my first read and how shocked I was to find out who the murderer was. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Armand

    The pace is as glacial as its snow-bound setting. The murder didn't happen until the halfway mark, and the actual corpse was only discovered near the end. There was some tension alright, but it didn't break out into anything remotely exciting until the climax, which was relatively frigid compared to other retro YA horror books. I do like how the author set up the mystery so as to be nearly inscrutable. Going through the events again though, I believe the crime would have been solved even without The pace is as glacial as its snow-bound setting. The murder didn't happen until the halfway mark, and the actual corpse was only discovered near the end. There was some tension alright, but it didn't break out into anything remotely exciting until the climax, which was relatively frigid compared to other retro YA horror books. I do like how the author set up the mystery so as to be nearly inscrutable. Going through the events again though, I believe the crime would have been solved even without our lead's intervention. If she hasn't been snooping through her window, she won't have put her life in danger and everything would still have been sorted out. It's not terribly engrossing, but I shan't call it a waste of time. I'm rating it 5/10 or 2 stars out of 5.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma Jackson

    This was an interesting re-read. I remember reading this one a fair bit when I was young and I was sure I would breeze through it in just a couple of days but it nearly took me a whole month of dipping in and out! It's a well-done take on Rear Window, with a snowy ski-lodge and bunch of teenagers, plus an actual crime! A proper whodunnit which is well plotted. The main character, Jody, is observant and can put two and two together pretty consistently but...on rereading I found that I didn't real This was an interesting re-read. I remember reading this one a fair bit when I was young and I was sure I would breeze through it in just a couple of days but it nearly took me a whole month of dipping in and out! It's a well-done take on Rear Window, with a snowy ski-lodge and bunch of teenagers, plus an actual crime! A proper whodunnit which is well plotted. The main character, Jody, is observant and can put two and two together pretty consistently but...on rereading I found that I didn't really like her much because she was a bit of a kill-joy. None of the characters were very likeable in fact, which makes sense because you needed to wonder which one was the culprit and see that they all had motives, but it would have been nice to have some relief from the bitchiness, if only from Kate, Jody's friend who couldn't make it to the ski resort. (Also, general sexist toxic attitudes towards the victim, eek! Oh Drew, how disappointing you got dumped - seriously, get over it.) It was well executed though. I'm wondering what I'll think of some of Carol Ellis's other Point Horror's when I reread those too, as Camp Fear was definitely one of my favourites back in the day!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Krista Wagner

    Jody goes on a weekend getaway at a ski resort with a group of strangers. Her best friend Kate is unable to make it, but she encourages Jody to go along anyway because she doesn't want her to miss out on the most incredible ski resort out there. There were two issues I had with the story. One, nothing suspenseful or mysterious happens until halfway through the book. Ellis takes too long focusing on this group of strangers without giving us any intriguing details about them. Two, everybody hates Jody goes on a weekend getaway at a ski resort with a group of strangers. Her best friend Kate is unable to make it, but she encourages Jody to go along anyway because she doesn't want her to miss out on the most incredible ski resort out there. There were two issues I had with the story. One, nothing suspenseful or mysterious happens until halfway through the book. Ellis takes too long focusing on this group of strangers without giving us any intriguing details about them. Two, everybody hates popular girl Leahna with such vicious hatred that it is concerning and not well justified. Aside from those two issues, the story functions quite well once the mystery begins. Jody is certainly the most likeable character given that she is untainted by this closeknit group of friends and their prejudice against Leahna. Also admirable is how she persists spying through the window of Leahna's cabin once she sees her involved in an altercation with an unknown visitor. Despite the vivid hate that the rest of the group has for her, namely because she discards boys' feeling so easily, Jody decides for herself that Leahna is worth looking out for, especially after she gets Jody help when she sprains her ankle and is thereafter bedridden for the rest of the trip. A bit of a Hitchcockian "Rear Window" appeal, the story brings about a good complex energy. We get to be with Jody through what quickly becomes an uncertain few days holed up in a snowbound weekend with an injured ankle. Staying with a bunch of strangers doesn't help, and they all seem suspicious in one way or another when it comes to their candid emotions toward Leahna, who we actually never really meet. The most we get to see is a peripheral view of her when she comes to Jody's aid and then a filtered look through her dark room. This leaves her character both literally and metaphorically in the shadows and makes uncovering her murder that much more fascinating. The sounds and sights that Jody is exposed to while all alone in the cabin (as the others go out) are enough to keep you on edge and suck you into a tangled web of mystery. Lots of red herrings are thrown in and guessing the culprit is virtually impossible in this YA thriller.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bea Tea

    I'm a huge fan of Rear Window, and guessed this was a teen horror version of that story. I went in expecting to hate it (let's face it nothing is ever going to top Rear Window), but was rather surprised to find I really enjoyed it. The protagonist is actually a nice person with a level head on her shoulders. This is almost unheard of in the Point Horror universe. There are a lot of characters, I mean you get blasted with eight on them on the first two pages, so it took me a while to get them all I'm a huge fan of Rear Window, and guessed this was a teen horror version of that story. I went in expecting to hate it (let's face it nothing is ever going to top Rear Window), but was rather surprised to find I really enjoyed it. The protagonist is actually a nice person with a level head on her shoulders. This is almost unheard of in the Point Horror universe. There are a lot of characters, I mean you get blasted with eight on them on the first two pages, so it took me a while to get them all figured out. It's a bit of a teen angst fest, with everybody fancying everybody else and being mad when other people fancy the people that they fancy.... yeah it's convoluted. The basic plot runs like an Agatha Christi who-dunnit with all the suspects in the same location and each one is set up to possibly be the killer. It did a little in the last quarter, and my two guesses of who-dunnit were wrong which was pleasing as the killer made sense... I guess in a wishy washy way. This is one of the better Point Horror books. Worth a read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelley Toy

    4 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2016/01... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofye 4 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2016/01... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/tales-p... All in all I personally liked this book - classic retro point horror! For more reviews and book chat please visit www.talesofyesterday.co.uk Please be aware that the discussion will contain spoilers!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Club de lecture

    After spraining her ankle at the beginning of a ski vacation, Jody finds herself stuck inside with nothing to do but to spy on her neighbours through her bedroom window. One night, she witnesses a violent altercation in the cabin next door. What she doesn’t know is that she has just seen a murder, and that the murderer has seen her too. This is like Rear Window, but with horny teenagers instead of Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart. The ending felt very abrupt, especially compared to the pacing of th After spraining her ankle at the beginning of a ski vacation, Jody finds herself stuck inside with nothing to do but to spy on her neighbours through her bedroom window. One night, she witnesses a violent altercation in the cabin next door. What she doesn’t know is that she has just seen a murder, and that the murderer has seen her too. This is like Rear Window, but with horny teenagers instead of Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart. The ending felt very abrupt, especially compared to the pacing of the rest of the book, and the motive for the murder was pretty flimsy, but it was a fun and nostalgic read. ⭐⭐⭐

  14. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    This was hands down one of the best point horror books I’ve read so far! Even the beginning when not much was happening I still found it interesting. the characters were enjoyable and not completely bland. The suspense was amazing, I was guessing who the visitor was the entire time I didn’t even think it was who it ended up being. It almost plays out like a Psychological thriller which I like. A much better written story then some of the point horror books I’ve read lately. Definitely recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Overall, it was pretty good. Took me a bit to get into it but then I started wondering what was happening next, then I didn't want to put it down. I would read this again & recommend this book to others. Overall, it was pretty good. Took me a bit to get into it but then I started wondering what was happening next, then I didn't want to put it down. I would read this again & recommend this book to others.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Loftis

    I really really wanted to like this book. It was just too slow for me. It seemed like it was uneventful. I didn't hate it and I am glad that I read it. I just usually get into the whodunit type mysteries and thrillers a lot more than I did with this one. I really really wanted to like this book. It was just too slow for me. It seemed like it was uneventful. I didn't hate it and I am glad that I read it. I just usually get into the whodunit type mysteries and thrillers a lot more than I did with this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    This was one of my favorite books as a teen; read it 100 times or more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erica Leigh

    Rear Window x teens on a ski trip. Not bad, but not very memorable either.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liam Underwood

    Clearly taking inspiration from Rear Window (1954), The Window is a relatively tame Point Horror book. The pacing is on the slower side and there are very few attempts at any horror - no prank phone calls or threatening notes or flights of wild imagination. Instead we have a character who mostly looks out of a window and tries to piece together what she thinks she maybe saw. It's hardly a riveting read. But I actually didn't mind The Window. I loved the ski resort setting, and although I usually Clearly taking inspiration from Rear Window (1954), The Window is a relatively tame Point Horror book. The pacing is on the slower side and there are very few attempts at any horror - no prank phone calls or threatening notes or flights of wild imagination. Instead we have a character who mostly looks out of a window and tries to piece together what she thinks she maybe saw. It's hardly a riveting read. But I actually didn't mind The Window. I loved the ski resort setting, and although I usually gripe when Point Horror books quickly introduce a lot of characters, I felt that Carol Ellis did a good job with depicting their different personalities, and it wasn't long before I could easily differentiate who was who. I also quite liked the protagonist, Jody - she never seemed to do anything too silly and was surprisingly sensible. So far the only other Point Horror contributions I've read by Carol Ellis have been My Secret Admirer and her short story in Thirteen Tales of Horror . She's a solid writer but I'm keen to see if her future Point Horror entries delve more into the horror, as I'd characterise her efforts so far as thrillers more than anything else. The Window is a fine Point Horror book, but beyond the setting I don't think there's anything that will prove to be particularly memorable about this. 3/5 Point Horror Ranked 1) The Girlfriend - 4/5 2) Trick or Treat - 3.5/5 3) Fatal Secrets - 3.5/5 4) Teacher's Pet - 3.5/5 5) The Baby-Sitter II - 3.5/5 6) The Cheerleader - 3.5/5 7) The Hitchhiker - 3.5/5 8) April Fools - 3.5/5 9) My Secret Admirer - 3.5/5 10) The Lifeguard - 3.5/5 11) Freeze Tag - 3/5 12) Thirteen Tales of Horror - 3/5 13) The Accident - 3/5 14) Funhouse - 3/5 15) The Window - 3/5 16) The Invitation - 2.5/5 17) The Train - 2.5/5 18) The Waitress - 2.5/5 19) The Snowman - 2.5/5 20) The Mall - 2.5/5 21) The Boyfriend - 2/5 22) The Cemetery - 2/5 23) Mother's Helper - 2/5 24) The Baby-Sitter - 1.5/5 25) Hit and Run - 1.5/5 26) The Return of the Vampire - 1/5 27) Beach Party - 1/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    JOCA

    I liked this to begin with. It felt like an I Know What You Did Last Summer slasher, except given we're told that the MC witnesses a murder in the blurb and this doesn't happen until about halfway through the book, I was utterly bored by the time we got to that point. The use of the window is pretty minimal up to that point as well (only used a few times up to that point) and I really didn't care about the character that was murdered because she was pretty much insufferable. This was a huge disa I liked this to begin with. It felt like an I Know What You Did Last Summer slasher, except given we're told that the MC witnesses a murder in the blurb and this doesn't happen until about halfway through the book, I was utterly bored by the time we got to that point. The use of the window is pretty minimal up to that point as well (only used a few times up to that point) and I really didn't care about the character that was murdered because she was pretty much insufferable. This was a huge disappointment after an engaging start.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Classic point horror thriller. Good points: - Everyone is a suspect and honestly the ending could have been any of them and would have been equally satisfying - Suspense was developed well Bad points: - The villainous monologue at the end came from nowhere and it was all wrapped up too quick - the main character Jody was really wet at the end and didn't do anything really. I Was expecting more of a showdown, maybe even a fight in the snow Classic point horror thriller. Good points: - Everyone is a suspect and honestly the ending could have been any of them and would have been equally satisfying - Suspense was developed well Bad points: - The villainous monologue at the end came from nowhere and it was all wrapped up too quick - the main character Jody was really wet at the end and didn't do anything really. I Was expecting more of a showdown, maybe even a fight in the snow

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raynor

    This one was really good! It was surprisingly low key, and had a nice slow build. Things really don't start to ramp up until the last quarter of the book, and I appreciated that. The reveal didn't reinvent the wheel, but made sense within the narrative, and the writer did a good job of throwing in enough red herrings and ambiguity to keep things interesting. A fun and easy read, and probably my favorite Point Horror re/read so far. This one was really good! It was surprisingly low key, and had a nice slow build. Things really don't start to ramp up until the last quarter of the book, and I appreciated that. The reveal didn't reinvent the wheel, but made sense within the narrative, and the writer did a good job of throwing in enough red herrings and ambiguity to keep things interesting. A fun and easy read, and probably my favorite Point Horror re/read so far.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Basically a ski-based rip off of Rear Window, but this mean it's fun and the setting is nice and atmospheric. As ever with CE, there are twice as many characters as there needs to be, but if you give up on trying to understand who is who, it's a fun read. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Basically a ski-based rip off of Rear Window, but this mean it's fun and the setting is nice and atmospheric. As ever with CE, there are twice as many characters as there needs to be, but if you give up on trying to understand who is who, it's a fun read. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    I remember reading point horror books when I was a teenager and I was a little sceptical about reading them at 37. But god I was hooked, it’s was so gripping and I enjoyed reading just as much 20 odd years later.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jade Scott

    Lust, unrequited love, and skiing, with the blandest murder plot thrown in. It does create a sense of paranoia quite well. The ending was disappointing. I was hoping the murderer was going to be someone else.

  26. 5 out of 5

    B.

    Old school YA murder mystery. Stands up to the test of time reasonably well, and was a nice re-read. For those who haven't read it before, it's kind of a YA "Rear Window" book. The conclusion's a bit rushed, but that's true for a lot of the older YA. Old school YA murder mystery. Stands up to the test of time reasonably well, and was a nice re-read. For those who haven't read it before, it's kind of a YA "Rear Window" book. The conclusion's a bit rushed, but that's true for a lot of the older YA.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Rear Window - Point Horror style.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Just re-read this for Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror): https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Just re-read this for Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror): https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book was really boring until the last two chapters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    sebastien

    It was okay to long for something To happen but it des okay

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