Publisher: Knopf Books YR (May 10, 2011)
ARC: 208 Pages
Genre: YA Horror/Mystery
Book from Publisher*
From Goodreads. When 17-year-old Jamie arrives on the idyllic New England island of Little Bly to work as a summer au pair, she is stunned to learn of the horror that precedes her. Seeking the truth surrounding a young couple's tragic deaths, Jamie discovers that she herself looks shockingly like the dead girl—and that she has a disturbing ability to sense the two ghosts. Why is Jamie's connection to the couple so intense? What really happened last summer at Little Bly? As the secrets of the house wrap tighter and tighter around her, Jamie must navigate the increasingly blurred divide between the worlds of the living and the dead.
Review by Kate
TIGHTER, by Adele Griffin, is a modern re-telling of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I was not familiar with this story prior to the book but from some research I found the similarities of the plot within Tighter but Griffin made her own fabulous twist to it.
I was quite shocked in the beginning of the story when it was made known that Jamie was a 'pill-popper'. I'd yet to see that in YA literature but I was definitely interested to see how that would come into play in the book. I didn't really connect with Jamie as the narrator at all. But by the end I understood that that was probably the point. I was torn back and forth wondering if what she discovered was true or just a part of her confusion while on various unprescribed medications. I loved all the characters in the book in their own special way. I felt that each of them held a secret that I was anxious to uncover.
I'm a big fan of Griffin's and this book only added to my love for this author. Her prose is beautiful and I felt that I was inside the book trying to discover the mystery myself. Although horror/ghost stories are not normally my thing, I did enjoy this book and I am definitely going to check out the story that this was loosely based off of.
Cover note: How awesome/scary is this cover? When I first saw it I was determined to read it to understand the significance.
*FTC Disclosure: I received this ARC from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.