Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Tighter by Adele Griffin

Tighter by Adele Griffin
Published by Knopf Books
Date Published: May 10, 2011
Rating: 4/5

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.

Brilliantly plotted, with startling twists, here is a thrilling page-turner from the award-winning Adele Griffin.
Ah, thrillers, how I love you so. I'm a sucker for a good thriller book, know why? There's little chance the pacing is slow. How can a book be a thriller if there's a slow plot. It can't. But Tighter was definitely well-paced and had it's creepy qualities...

Tighter tells the story of Jamie, a seventeen-year-old girl who takes a job on a small island called Little Bly taking care of a young girl named Isa. While there, she uncovers a dark secret of a tragedy that happened just last summer to the same girl who have her job. She begins sensing the ghosts of the two who died and is unknowingly being drawn tighter into the secrets that have been covered.

I doubt I explained this book well becasue it really is hard to. Though the summary really does say it all. Jamie goes to Little Bly and immediately feels a connection. She sees a guy and girl jump off a cliff but when she runs to look down, it's as if no one was there at all. It escalates to even more sightings of the ghosts and ultimately, well, you'll just have to see for yourself!

This book is full of mystery and ghosts of witness' past. Follow Jamie as she seeks to uncover the truth behind the deaths last summer while she gets in far too deep. I really enjoyed this book, as it did creep me out at points. Which is a good thing!

The characters were very well written as was the story, seeing as it was a retelling of "Turn of the Screw," a short novel written by Henry James in 1898. So if you are in the mood for a quick and creepy read that will leave you questioning what is real, be sure to check out this book!


  1. Sounds really good. I just finished reading The Julian Game not too long ago, which I really enjoyed, so I think I'll be adding this to my TBR list.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. I picked this one up at TLA and will give it a whirl!


  3. This is the first review i've read of Tighter. I've been exited for it though (since I also love thrillers). Thanks for the review!