Jan 23, 2012

Review: Tighter by Adele Griffin

3.5 snickerdoodles.

Cover Love:
Yes, this is a cool cover.  IT fits the tone of the book too.

Why I Wanted to Read This:  I read a few blogs that had this as one of their best of 2011.  It made me want to read it!  Here's the synopsis from 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.
I Kept Reading Because: I was as caught up in the mystery as Jamie was.

Romance?: The start of one.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
I didn't love Jamie when I met her, but I appreciated that she was trying to get her life back in shape.

There was so much weird with Jamie's job that I don't even know where to start.  But Jamie did a good job stepping in and working with Isa, who was as weird as everything else.

I had heard there was similarities to Choker, which had me kind of expecting what was going to happen.  But there were a few other things that I didn't expect, which made it much more interesting to me.

Sebastian was such a good guy.  I was glad Jamie met someone who treated her right.

The setting of Little Bly was interesting.  There seemed to be a mix of summer and town folk, instead of the usual us-against-them vibe that most resort island have.  It would have been really interesting to have this book set there in the winter, with it's ghosts.

Jamie didn't grow and change a lot during the book, but I did like her the more I got to know her.  She did have an epiphany though and I felt she had a lot of hope for her future at the end.

To Sum Up:  Spooky and interesting read.  I will but a copy for my library because I know several girls who would be interested in this story.

Sent to me by Random House.  Thanks!


  1. You’ve convinced me. I’ve put it on hold at my library. I love spooky books and snickerdoodles!

  2. I'm glad you liked it! Have you read The Turn of the Screw? I really liked how she referenced the original. The twist at the end about Isa's brother surprised me!

    1. This is the first Adele Griffin I have ever read, but I am going to look into reading more for sure.
      It really surprised me too, I felt that was the one twist that she wrote really well. But the whole book was good.