Dear Ms. Griffin,
Wow, what can I say about your book? I loved it. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by ghost stories (and later, at night, I would start obsessing about them and end up scared out of my mind), and the thing I love the most about “Tighter” is that by the end of the story, you don’t really know if it is, in fact, a ghost story by the end. I don’t want to give too much away, because I want other people to read it, but this is easily one of the best books I have read so far this year. Even after finishing it yesterday, I am still thinking about it, which is, as you may well know, a very, very good thing.
I have never read “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James (shame on me, having an English degree and all), and I think I’m going to have to now. You’ve piqued my curiosity. I loved how you used supernatural elements in your book, and Jamie (the main character) treated it like it was old hat – which it was to her. The pills she steals were a good move on your part – it gave credibility to her craziness. She is a person coming apart at the seams, and she kept me guessing; I am still not sure what actually happened and what was in Jamie’s head. Take Milo, for example. Was he real or invented? I can’t make up my mind.
Because I loved this book so much, you can bet I will be looking for and reading your other books. I am excited now. Despite the fact that I am way past the age of your target audience (young adults), I think you are a brilliant writer. Your work pesters my mind… in a good way, of course. Makes me think, makes me wonder. All the best stories do.
P.S. The book cover is extremely creepy.