Title: The Turn of the Screw
Author: Henry James
Genre: Horror/ novella/ classic
Available from Audible
From the moment the story opens, the reader is kept in suspense. James uses the clever tactic of a framed story to engage the audience. The reader cannot help but lean forward as we gather around the fire and listen with baited breath for what the narrator will reveal.
Slowly – almost painstakingly- James builds suspense as he carefully twists the screw one anguishing turn at a time. He expertly builds suspense as he winds the thread of the story ever tighter until finally, at long last, the string snaps and the reader is left to recoil from the sudden shock of the ending.
I read the Audible version of this book and the narration was outstanding. Emma Stone gives a particularly skilled performance as the frightened governess and Richard Armitage is the perfect choice for the opening section.
I highly recommend for lovers of classics and those who are interested in psychological thrillers.