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Open Window: Truth from the Shadows (The Open Window Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Courtney Harvey , Stephanie Jarrach Pugliese , Derek Hall , Amanda Prouty
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"...I offer this recommendation to all of our famous Maine authors: Move over. Make way for Courtney Harvey. She will knock your socks off." - Joni Averill - Bangor Daily News

"Harvey has written a poignant and compelling debut novel that flows well from start to finish. Not only has she crafted a story of the paranormal, but she has, though crafting characters that are quite believable and richly drawn, captured the pain that is often associated with the voyage of self-discovery on which we all must embark." - Paul Collins - Nashua Telegraph

Alex Wells appears from afar as a typical high school senior, yet visions of the dead invade her mind in a way that is anything but typical. Nighttime visits from spirits are commonplace. Questioning her sanity, she struggles inside self-inflicted walls, hiding her secret from the world. As she comes to terms with her strengthening psychic abilities, the latest vision of a young stranger’s violent suicide has her spinning out of control. While attempting to take charge of her life, she is compelled to uncover his story, forcing her to face her own fears and follow him on his journey to seek redemption. As her family and friends watch her spiral into a well of despair, she refuses to give up seeking out his truth, no matter the cost. It may only be the new boy in school who can lift her from the depths of self-destruction, but he too has a secret to hide.

This is a re-edited version of the original publication. Thank you to the readers for the feedback and support.

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  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461144876
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  • Language: English
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Debut! May 13, 2011
Courtney Harvey's debut novel grips you from the very beginning as the main character walks to her death...or does she? This paranormal romance introduces the tormented Alex Wells as she discovers her psychic powers.

A captivating and fun read from start to finish, Ms. Harvey grabs hold of you and doesn't let go through each harrowing twist and turn of the story. Teen angst mixes with psychic phenomena to entertain and delight.

I highly recommend. I seriously hope she writes a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book. July 11, 2012
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For a first book, congratulations to Ms. Harvey. I have to admit, it took me a little while to get into the story but after a few chapters it picked up. I can see this character (Alex Wells) growing and having more supernatural encounters, I believe the author could hone her skills and create an enjoyable series.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised. October 10, 2011
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Open Window Truth from the Shadows is a stunning debut that gripped me from the first chapter to the last. I felt the characters were well drawn and centered. Teenager Alex Wells is a psychic-medium who has courage beyond her years. Courtney Harvey makes you feel the characters so much that you want to meet them again and again. I am in the over 50 crowd and I will be recommending this book to my bood group.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!! May 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What an incredibly well-written novel!! I love how Courtney was able to weave the supernatural in with the "typical" teenage life with such amazing skill. Her characters were well-developed, and you can't help but love them and the relationships they have. She also sucks you in right from the get go and you WON'T be able to put it down!! I kid you not!

If you like stories that are intriguing, that are woven together skillfully, that really keep you hankering for more...go no further. This is THE book for you!

One last don't have to be a teen to enjoy this. At 40 years old, I LOVED it!! :)
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23 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some books are self-published for a reason August 3, 2011
By Jessica
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I heard about this self-published debut on my local radio station. Like many adults, I've enjoyed a number of YA paranormals, and although the fact that the author is self-published gave me pause, I thought the premise was interesting and, at 99 only cents, decided to give it a try.

Unfortunately, the only positive thing I can say about this book is that the formatting and copyediting are excellent. It was an absolute slog to get though.

The writing is just dreadful. From hearing and reading interviews with the author, it seems that, unlike (to take one example) Amanda Hocking, a self-published phenomenon who has been writing since childhood, wrote 17 books before she tried to sell one, took many writing classes, and reads voraciously in her genre, this author figured she could just type away and end up with a terrific book. Um, that's not how it works. Here are a few of examples of what I mean:

"I exhaled a sarcastic sigh and rolled my eyes at her understated words."
"I tried to regulate my breathing and recompose my pulse."
"Camilla deduced my musings."
"It was surprising to see he had a real legitimate reason behind why he was so hurt by the new relationship between Erik and me."

This book is also incredibly boring. At 577 KB (longer than, say, the first Twilight book), you would think it is chock full of characters and plot. No. What it is actually chock full of is (a) tortured internal monologue, (b) way too much description of mundane activities, like eating breakfast -- and what everyone else is eating for breakfast - driving to school, walking from class to class, taking classes, etc., and (c) taking way too many words to communicate something simple (like, "I sighed hard in a vain attempt to rid myself of the nausea in my stomach.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is a nightmare for Alex! September 24, 2011
By Squeak
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a nicely done debut novel from Courtney Harvey. This novel follows Alex Wells as she explores and developes her psychic powers. Alex has been psychic since she was a little girl. Her parents and older sister do not believe she has real psychic powers and that leaves Alex to try to deal with her nightmares and ablitly to see dead people mostly by herself. Her little sister, Camilla, tries to be supportive and understanding but the more psychic stuff that happens the more Alex feels isolated from the world.

This novel makes me wonder if this is what life would be like for someone like a young Allison DuBois of the television show Medium. The television drama Medium, which aired from 2005 until 2011 on NBC and CBS Who would really belive you if you started telling people that you could talk to dead people.

This novel was a bit on the wordy side, but for a new author she did very good in keeping your attention and keeping the suspense built up throughout the novel. It will be interesting to see what Courtney Harvey does next. Will it be another Alex Wells novel? Maybe follow her through her growth and development. We will see ...

** Note **
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate, worldly goods, or any other compensation for my review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse into the Life of a YA Medium February 26, 2014
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~ Dark and sinister. A glimpse into the invisible pathway between life and the afterlife, and those gifted to be the voice for both.

From the onset, it's obvious Alex is struggling. She's edgy and self-conscious, yet does her best to hide both. The nightmares that have plagued her are only getting worse, to the point of truly scaring her. And she's come to realize they are not just dreams. Someone has been visiting her - someone who no longer lives on the earthly plane but has passed on. The author does a nice job of complicating this fact by allowing Alex to recognize that she is a medium. Since she was a little girl voices have rattled in her head. But really, they were spirits trying to get through to her. Even deceased relatives have paid her visits.

There are two big clinchers for this story's purposes: Alex's psychiatrist mother does not believe in physic abilities, which adds loads of teenage/parent tension. Although her younger sister knows of her gift and supports her, Alex struggles endlessly to hide it from her mother, showing some real character for a teen. (FYI - Her dad is involved, but mostly as referee.) The second is discovering that the spirit currently visiting her is linked to Erik, the new boy at school, and somehow Alex must figure out how to tell him without sounding totally insane. But darker forces infiltrate Alex's psychic space with each visit from this spirit. This adds a whole new realm of eerie and danger.

Harvey takes the reader on a journey of growth for both parents and teenager, how to accept and believe in each other. Then there's the other family, the one Alex must help by sharing what her invisible visitor wants to tell them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
I was looking for my book(An Open Window) on Amazon and was delighted to find yours. It was great, I literally couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bonitasuellen
5.0 out of 5 stars A very intriguing read
Love the way Courtney pulls us into Alex's life and keeps us there...I can't wait to read the next book!
Published 16 months ago by Jennifer Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I absolutely loved this book. The way Courtney Harvey describes the characters you really get to know them well!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peggy Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story...
Loved the other one, can't wait for the next one and I hope there are more in the series than 3! Great storytelling!
Published 17 months ago by K. K. Neaverth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I was told about this author by a friend who is a good friend of the author. It was a good story. You do have to over look the wordiness at first and the not so good editing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down...
literally! This is a page turning, attention grabbing book. The story line really grabbed me, and I am already looking forward to the next book by this author!
Published 20 months ago by MRT2
5.0 out of 5 stars Open window
This is my second time reading this book and I loved it even more than the first time! I can't wait for the story to continue! Great job Courtney!
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
Love it couldn't put it down.must have if you like this kind of story. have recomended to family and friends
Published 21 months ago by SEvans
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this story..
I enjoy Paranormal novels.. Even though Alex was a teenager.. I enjoyed her character and the way she handled herself.. I hope there will be more to come
Published 22 months ago by Viki Siderakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
I just finished this and was sad to see it end! I would love to see the story of Alex and Erik continue, along with stories of how she uses her mediumship to help others. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pam Van Schijndel
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