Affinity’s window is a 294 page horror book that feels more like dark suspense until around page 60. The book starts in the past where we meet Affinity, her strange window, her magical doll, Mr. Moppet, and Bell Manor, which is a sprawling mansion with more hidden secrets that you can count. Readers are taken through a little bit of Affinity's life and her past until Chapter 4. Without giving away any details, we can safely say that Affinity's past was horrific, and the Bell family had its fair share of strife for the short time they lived in the house.
At chapter 4, the book jumps 30 years to 1974. That may be a little jarring. Chapter 3 ends abruptly and Chapter 4 starts after a large time jump. The good news is that the story started in the first three chapters doesn’t end, but it does become conversations, psychic visions and flashbacks once the book time jumps.
At the time jump, we meet Tanner Dan and psychic Linda. Tanner is working on a book and trying to prove that ghosts exist. Linda is trying to help him believe in ghosts and finish his book. She also knows that Tanner is trying to solve the mystery of his brother, who disappeared in a house very similiar to Bell Manner.
Author Douglas L Wilson has a very interesting writing style in the fact that nearly every detail is described. I would classify it at an older writing style versus the modern writing style of only describing extremely important things. This means that if you like books with a lot of description, you’ll love this one.
Because of the description and the slow pacing (It’s not a thriller horror by any means.), the actual horror doesn’t start until page 60, so it may very well catch you off guard. The entire book is like a cross between The Ring, Poltergeist, The Others and Cujo, if Cujo were a demonic ghost dog, and you can throw a little Chucky in there as well. It’s a mishmash of a lot of different elements, and it’s done well.
Overall, it’s a pretty good book. I’d give it a solid 4 stars. The description is what got me at a few points because it almost gets tedious, but the story itself is fine. It’s interesting, and it will certainly suck you in. Affinity's Window does hit its paranormal horror genre, as in it hits the old definition of horror. I would say that it is certainly worth the read. Whether or not you want to sleep with your nightlight on after you read it is up to you.