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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A Spooky Summer read!

A troubled young teen with an unfortunate reliance on filched prescription drugs and a broken heart fills her summer by taking a babysitting job in a beach town that doesn't accept outsiders. In trying to help her young charge, Isa, recover from the tragic loss of her f...
A troubled young teen with an unfortunate reliance on filched prescription drugs and a broken heart fills her summer by taking a babysitting job in a beach town that doesn't accept outsiders. In trying to help her young charge, Isa, recover from the tragic loss of her former babysitter and the girl's boyfriend in a flying accident the previous summer, Jamie comes to realize that all is not well in the beautiful mansion called Skylark. The spirit of the house is not at rest...and it will not let Jamie rest either. Griffin has penned an incredibly spooky psychological ghost story that will hopefully ease teen readers into Henry James "The Turn of the Screw." The characterizations of Jamie, Isa, Connie, Sebastian, the mad Katherine, Pete, Jessie, and certainly Milo make a lasting impression for such a slender volume. I highly recommend it...but with a nightlight.

posted by romancemistress on June 10, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Thrills and chills..

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...
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.

posted by kittydanza on June 3, 2011

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Wonderful Psychological Thriller

    Adele Griffin showed off her creative talent when she wrote Tighter. I started Tighter hoping for an enjoyable, thriller to entertain me... and boy, could I have been more wrong? I have read several other reviews that state Adele's novel is based on the short story The Turn of the Screw, I have never read The Turn of the Screw so can neither agree nor disagree. Tighter has a little of many things: suspense, romance, adventure, paranormal, and more. Adele Griffin's characters are brilliantly created and take on a life of their own, Jamie the sarcastic, pill popping teenager, innocent Isa who's still searching for who she really is, her her vain and flirtatious brother Milo to the ever amusing, and lisp impaired housekeeper Connie. Readers shouldn't bother making predictions of what will happen, reader is never quite sure what is reality and what's all in Jamie's head. Tighter is filled with twists and surprises that just jump off the pages and leave readers fumbling to find the truth. Adele Griffins Tighter is not the hacker/slasher horror, but a great psychological which are sometimes better. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good horror that will stay with you even when it ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

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    Creepy, lyrical and un-put-down-able. This is a great summer rea

    Creepy, lyrical and un-put-down-able. This is a great summer read--with an ending the packs a surprisingly, satisfying punch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Great!!

    This book was so filled up with twists and turns, the end was sooo unpredictable for me. But overall it was a great book. I would highly reccommend it. :D

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

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    I simply adored this book. It hooked me right from the first sen

    I simply adored this book. It hooked me right from the first sentence. I couldn't put it down. Great, easy-to-read writing style, wonderful characters, great plot points. All around very enjoyable. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Great writing, a fantastic plot, and unforgettable characters

    This thrilling page-turner is actually a take on the incredible writing of Henry James and his creation, The Turn of the Screw. In this gripping supernatural story, the audience is introduced to a teenage girl by the name of Jamie. Jamie has an interesting 'side' to her personality. She not only has become addicted to pills for pain - but pretty much any pill she can get her hands on in order to calm herself down and make her feel better. Jamie also has a tendency to see all of her dead relatives in her bedroom when she goes to sleep at night. She becomes a bit terrified when she sees the "suicide victims" that her family tree claims, and wants nothing more than to be left alone. The summer has come and her siblings are off in the world doing the things they love to do. The trip Jamie has to look forward to is a train ride that will take her into a truly posh, wealthy world. Her mother, once upon a time, was a part of this high-class society and dated a man who has now hired Jamie to come and be his daughter's au pair for the summer. Jamie doesn't want to go, but her Mom wants to get her out of the house to hopefully help break Jamie's depression. She also quite likes the fact that her old boyfriend is part of her world again. So Jamie heads onto the train, and when she steps off she is faced with a completely foreign location that is filled with powerful wealthy people. She is brought to a house called Skylark, which is beyond enormous and stunning, yet is referred to as a summer cottage. Connie meets her at the train and goes over the rules with Jamie. Connie is "in charge" at the house and will be a big part of Jamie's life. Not only is this woman snotty, but she has a horrific speech impediment that drives Jamie crazy. When Jamie meets her charge, a beautiful young girl named Isa, and runs into Isa's rebel brother, Miles, who is supposed to be away at camp, but was kicked out for being bad - Jamie's summer takes off like a shot. She not only is thrown in with people she doesn't understand, but a secret is revealed to Jamie about the death of the last au pair from the previous summer. Ghosts, secrets, visions - everything comes out of the woodwork within these incredible pages, making the reader wonder what exactly is real and what is simply a damaged soul who is crying out for Jamie to hear them in order to finally get the justice they deserve. The author has done an incredible job of taking supernatural pathways and combining them with a real-life murder tale that will keep readers up far into the night. Quill Says: Great writing, a fantastic plot, and unforgettable characters that would make Henry James extremely proud.

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    Posted August 23, 2013

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