Tighter by Adele Griffin
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: May 10th, 2011
Age Level: 14+
Source: For review from author.
Synopsis via 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.
Brilliantly plotted, with startling twists, here is a thrilling page-turner from the award-winning Adele Griffin.
Jamie; pg. 83
Slowly and methodically, I made myself step forward. My fingers reached out to touch the canvas, tracing lightly across the bumpy, cool surface, passing over the older boy's cheek and up to his eye, the center of his pupil, where a tiny hole had been stabbed clean through. I could feel the rough notch of its split against my fingertips.
I touched the other eye. Same. Both eyes of every single child had been punctured through the center. More than a pin, less than a fork. So precise as to be undetected.
Jamie & Milo; pg. 139-140
I went rigid. Milo's voice wasn't his own anymore. It was low, an entirely different cadence and octave. But I couldn't look at him, I couldn't even speak. I waited. "After all, we both know you're the crazy one, Jamie."
"I'm not crazy," I whispered. "Stop talking like that."
"You're onto what happened here," he continued in the same hollowed tone that didn't belong to Milo at all. "How it all went down. They say the crazy people can always see clear down to the ugliest truth. Problem is, nobody believes 'em."
I thought both of these passages did a wonderful job emanating the chilling tone of this story. Hope they've encouraged you to pick this one up and to find out more of my thoughts on Tighter, check out my Review.
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