Tales Point Horror Book Club – The Window by Carol Ellis
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The Window by Carol Ellis
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After spraining her ankle on her ski vacation, Jody winds up all alone in her cabin with nothing to do except look out the window. So she can’t help but see what’s going on in the cabin next door: the fight, the murder, and the murderer. Then Jody realizes the killer saw her, too.
She’s seen the killer. Has the killer seen her?
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
*Stares out of window*
*Turns head to side to ensure window does not steam up*
*Writes name on window*
*Coughs*…erm excuse me your meant to be writing this months Point Horror Book Club about The Window not doing a Jody and being a nosy cabin housemate staring out of the window!
Oh yes! Sorry about that! *coughs*
So poor old Jody Sanderson has been ditched by her friend Kate who is sick with flu and cannot make the skiing trip anymore so Jody goes on the skiing trip to Brevard Pass with six complete strangers!
Woah! Brave girl…..hang on a minute where on earth is Brevard Pass?
Tuts! You mean you don’t know!
Brevard Pass is THE place to go skiing! Named after Charles Brevard it used to be just a plain old mountain pass used by wagons!
You know Charles Brevard! He was the first person to cross it back in 1852!
I’m disappointed in you!
Anyway….Jody starts to enjoy herself but then she has an accident whilst skiing!
Oh No! She didn’t suffer the worst humiliation ever of taking the ski lift DOWN the slope did she?!
Yes! Yes she did! But right after she slipped on some ice in her ski’s banged her head (she thinks) and sprained her ankle!
Oh the horror! The humiliation! What did she do?!
Well basically whilst laid up in bed she decided to snoop on a gorgeous girl in the cabin opposite and even uses binoculars and witnesses something she has to use her observation skills and brain to piece together!
Spoiler alert…. it involved red nail polish or possibly blood and some wilted roses!
What was it?! Did someone lose their temper trying to paint their nails?
Let’s just say that someone saw her watching….and was not a happy wolfy!
Jody had witnessed a murder!
Jody Sanderson! With her dark curly brown hair and love of soup and staring out of windows watching people she was actually a pretty good skier! That is until she sprains her ankle! She was a little over the top on the old invalid act, but overall she was pretty likeable. A Point Horror girl with a brain who thought things through and worked through things in her head. Future detective in the making! I will forgive her for falling for Drew!
The Love Interest
I’m going to class two characters as love interests in this book….
Drew “Mmm-bop” Hanson with his brooding brown eyes, dark blonde hair and quiet and moody manner…he flirts with Jody and basically falls in love with her without even speaking to her or getting to know her, but drooled all over Leahna Calder until she obviously told him bye bye. I give him credit where credit is due though he brought back ribs and flowers for Jody! What a guy! Possibly a typical Point Horror love interest.
Beautiful Leahna Calder! Gorgeous, rich and spoilt (kind of like that Lady Gaga song!). Nothing / nobody lasts with Leahna Calder! Described often throughout the book as poison, rotten, has claws and a beautiful creep she was the love interest of many a character in this Point Horror with Drew and Cal practically fighting over her. I kept picturing Channel number one from Scream Queens! She basically won my heart over when she got the orange peel! She didn’t deserve to die!
Oh wow! This gang were like the cast of Made In Chelsea! I could hardly keep up with all the goings on!
Ellen fancies Drew who flirts with Jody, but Chris fancies Drew who hates Leahna who Cal is crazy about who is killed by Sasha who is horrible to Billy who loves her then hates her and then it turns out Ellen really fancies Cal…… *heads spins*
Spiky blonde haired Christine “Chris” Castello with blue eyes that always stared at the air above your head. With a personality as spiky as her hair and lots of bracelets and rings to boot I kind of liked her. She was edgy and cool and just did not care about anything that was going on around her other than Drew, parties and skiing. We needed to see more of her!
Frail looking thin Ellen Cummings with her soft hazel eyes, light brown hair and airy voice which was kind of sing songy was kind of what it says on the tin. Although I did love it when she raged about Leahna!
Cal Wolf! Twin of Sasha Wolf! Beautiful, tall and slender and basically sexy! He is crazy about Leahna and uses his blue eyes to communicate with his twin rather than speech. I liked him better than Drew.
Sasha Wolf….. like Cal, beautiful, long dark hair, slender and blue eyes to help communicate non verbally with Cal. She was the driver that makes you reach for the sick bag and with her apparently low throaty voice was a little pushy and liked to organise things…including killing her brothers crush…yes murder! And then dumping the body and losing her bracelet in the process! She got what was coming to her…..Smacked and knocked off her feet by a pair of binoculars! She deserved everything she got….especially after being so horrible to Billy!
Which leads me onto….Billy Feldman (not to be confused with Corey Feldman who along with Point Horror Book Club member Billy I kept imaging throughout the whole book….like a Corey/Billy mix and match!). I loved Billy! He made me laugh! He was the comedian of the group and of the book. The laugh man! He can’t ski, but went on a skiing holiday! With his liquid brown eyes, his comedic charm and stuffy breathing he won me over. I also loved how a rug sent him over the edge of one minute loving Sasha and the next hating her so much! He deserved to be the hero at the end pinning Sasha on the floor in a citizens arrest and making her drop the knife! Go Billy Go!
And just a quick mention to Kate, Jody’s “Best Friend”….. basically the most selfish worst friend EVER!
Fashion Faux Pas
With the exception of bright coloured ski clothes which I presume are still in fashion (?) although I kept picturing them as shell suites I didn’t spot anything between the pink wool sweaters that appeared occasionally.
I can’t believe these words are about to be typed….but I didn’t find that many dialogue disasters in this one! I know! Did I just miss them?
Of course I did find a few that made me chuckle….
“Who’s want to spend their time staring into windows?”
Do I win a prize for guessing the answer correctly?
“She’s beautiful like Snow White’s step-mother”
I think I wrote this down because I got confused with Cinderella and thought of the ugly step sisters and……. *brain explodes*
“But my parents are away”
That old chestnut!
“It’ll be wild!”
So you think this would be about the skiing or the parties or the fact that his sister is a murderer wouldn’t you….well no…this was Cal’s response to having a 5ft sub sandwich at the party!
“I’m fine, not frothing at the mouth or anything”
Jody…just before she says oh my ankle I couldn’t possibly have another pain pill for the 100th time for the sympathy vote!
“Don’t you think you’re taking this invalid act a little too far?”
I did not write down who said this to Jody but *hi fives*
And of course…..you totally knew this was going to happen Point Horror Book Club member Billy….
“Billy was kind of a klutz”
“Billy laughed a little too loudly at his small joke”
“I’m the laugh man”
Well now I feel as mean as Sasha! *Stares at Billy to communicate my feelings*
A half on the page, half off the page murder!
*throws red nail polish at wall in homage*
Is it scary?
Hmmmmmm not really. Mainly Jody sitting around the cabin feeling sorry for herself and…well basically staring out of the window and watching someone get murdered!
Actually I have to admit that I was slightly terrified by the whole knife from the kitchen I am going to murder you end! It did get my heart racing quite a bit!
Oh and also when Jody is watching the killer looking for something in the snow and then looks directly up at her! Oh that gave me the shivers!
Did the best friend do it?
Nope! Jody was brave / crazy enough to go on the ski trip without her best friend and with six strangers…who would have thought one of them was a killer?!
Some Mild Peril?
Snow and Ice! And lots of it!
Also Sasha’s driving!
Oh and SASHA!
Is it any good?
I liked this one! Although I found quite a lot of the Jody in bed / cabin / invalid scenes a little stretched out and longish, but I liked the story. I even liked the reveal and the ending and enjoyed it.
This one didn’t feel dated like some we have read or cheesy (pun intended) and would do well nowadays.
I also liked the reminder of the good old fashioned telephone in the kitchen and one in the bedroom and the click of either receiver being put down whilst on the phone….pre mobiles…those were the days!
Was it just me or did anyone think Jody’s friend Kate was really at Brevard Pass and was basically just avoiding Jody?!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- What colour ski suit would you don yourself in for Brevard Pass?
- In honour of the character Billy in The Window what truth would you ask Point Horror Book Club member Billy which he HAS to answer?
- What party food and games would you play?
- Why was Kate so horrible to Jody?!
Point Horror Book Club member Mark has sent me the American cover for The Window!
I think this is better than the UK one….and sums up the book well! Although I do like the blood stain on the UK one I have to admit!
What does everyone think?
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