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“You don’t need to know The Turn of the Screw to enjoy it. Real atmosphere is increasingly rare in novels and here it is in spades; mysterious towers, faces in mirrors, shadowy corridors and long black dresses. Like James, Harding keeps his dramatis personae tightly confined and ramps up the suspense and mystery until even the most careful reader wonders what’s going on and what isn’t. Your Twilight-reading teen will love it too. A darkly glamorous tour de force.”
Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL
“Florence and Giles is an elegant literary exercise worked out with the strictness of a fugue: imagine Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw reworked by Edgar Allan Poe…Nothing prepares you for the chillingly ruthless but inevitable finale.” THE TIMES
“Brilliantly creepy” DAILY MIRROR
“An intriguing read” GRAZIA
“A good, clever, modern take on old-style American gothic; a creepy haunted house tale in which the living are just as eerie as any real or imagined ghouls.” NEW ZEALAND HERALD
“a scarily good story, in an arrestingly unusual narrative voice.” THE OXFORD TIMES
John Harding was born near Ely. He is the author of the bestselling What We Did On Our Holiday, made into an ITV drama starring Shane Ritchie and Roger Lloyd Pack. He is a book reviewer for the Daily Mail and lives in London.
A gothic thriller at its best. Spoken with the voice of Florence a young girl of twelve years who lives with her younger brother in a mansion in New England in the 1890's,... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Romy
I have to say that I only downloaded this book because it was free and sounded interesting. It took a bit of getting into but what a delightful and engaging read!Published 1 month ago by Hannah R
The twists and turns in this book kept me guessing right to the end, and I really liked Florence’s character- the way she narrates the story is very endearing, with wonderful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LK Chapman
I love and relish the language in which Florence 'thinks'. Found myself reading it quite slowly as I didn't want to miss a word. Very different, clever and well conceived story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by N. D.
Absolutely fantastic.won't tell you anything about it just read it for yourself.
Loved everything about it
Could not put it down....
Now onto the next one,can't wait
I enjoyed this once I spotted what was going on. Turn of the Screw 2 ! Very evocative and scary.Published 2 months ago by Morganlefay
I love to be surprised by a book. It is a rare thing. Cannot recommend this enough. The sequel is also very good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chiara