September 23, 2012

The Turning

cover image of The Turning
Francine Prose

Set in a creepy old mansion on an isolated island, Prose's (Touch, 2009) contemporary horror story retells Henry James' classic The Turn of the Screw through the letters of Jack Branch to his girlfriend, Sophie. There is no Internet or phone service on the island, where Jack, a high school senior, gets a summer job looking after two very peculiar orphaned children. On the ferry, Jack hears stories about the murder of a former caregiver, and the kids turn out to be secretive and strange. Why has Miles been expelled from school? And is there a ghost at the window?