by Adele Griffin
Exp. May 10, 2011
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.
I’m not sure what I can say about this book without giving the entire plot away. I will say this, there are going to be a lot of book sellers who place this on the wrong shelf. The Goodreads description only tells you one side of this story. Okay. I better stop before I let it slip!
Here’s what I can say. Adele Griffin is an exceptional author. This is the first of her books I’ve read and now I’m dying to read some more. Tighter is like a spider’s web. They take time to build. A spider must find the right anchors, then place each strand of silk in just the right pattern. Weaving, back and forth. Weaving, back and forth. When complete, they glisten with morning dew. But by the time the sun is at its highest they are invisible even to the multiple eyes of a fly. The inpatient insect flies right into the trap and as it struggles, those silken threads pull tighter and tighter. However, in Griffin’s version there is no spider.
Tighter’s ending is not going to sit well with everyone, especially younger readers. They are going to expect one thing and get another. More mature Young Adults will get a lot more out of the book and hopefully also understand its message.
I want to thank my blogging buddy Jan for sharing this galley with me!