Wednesday, October 23, 2013

review: TIGHTER by Adele Griffin

TIGHTER by Adele Griffin
Random House: Alfred A. Knopf
Released: May 10, 2011
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 216

Rating: Didn't like it

Why did I come here? The easy answers are: to mend my broken heart, to earn somemoney, to escape my night terrors. in some ways, Littl eBly is the perfect island paradise - beautiful, and far away from my parents' endless worries. For the first time, because of Isa, I feel needed. And I've met Sebastian . . .

But the secrets buried in these walls are too frightening, and if it weren't for Isa, I'd be long gone. Every day, J & P move closer. Every night, the trap they've set draws tighter around me.

When seventeen-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 preceded 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 Jamie's perception of the paranormal tests the limits - and expanses - of her core beliefs, she 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.

My Thoughts

Tighter is one of those books that comes off as one thing from the jacket flap but actually turns out to be something completely different. I took a chance on this title because I had really enjoyed Griffin's Vampire Island, and this looked like another paranormal title. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. From the beginning, I couldn't bring myself to relate to the narrator, Jamie - who is addicted to various pills, including painkillers and antihistamines. I am not a fan of "damaged" narrators. Quite honestly, the only reason I forced myself to finish the book was because I was only forty pages from the end! Had the book been more like the description on the jacket flap, I would have loved it. However, I can't even describe this as a paranormal title, because all of that boils down to the events uncovered at the climax of the story. So much for truth in advertising!

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