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The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction by Henry James
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Nov 03, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: book-club, mystery-crime
Read in December, 2009

November/December book club pick. Review is only for The Turn of the Screw.

Interesting, but I felt like I was waiting the whole book to find out what happens at the end and it doesn't happen until the last sentence. I also find it difficult to read books where I'm not sure if I can trust the narrator. As far as the debate over whether the ghosts were real or not, I remained skeptical throughout. Although I'm still undecided, it seemed the governess jumped to many conclusions and became quite hysterical at times, making it hard for me to believe her. I was also left curious as to the reaction of the crowd hearing the story. It would have made a nice conclusion. Why set up the whole book as a "round the fireplace" ghost-story session and not wrap it up? Overall, would give it a 2.5 stars if possible.

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