Tighter, by Adele Griffin
At Kirkus this week, I wrote about Adele Griffin's Tighter, which is a modern-day retelling of Henry James' Turn of the Screw:
People still argue about the governess in The Turn of the Screw. Is she lucid or hallucinating? Reliable or unreliable? Sane or insane? Passions run high, and in my experience, you’re either in one camp or the other. In Tighter, it’s clear that 17-year-old Jamie Atkinson is unreliable from her very first line:
The last thing I did before I left home was steal pills.
(I loved it.)