A Jealous Ghost, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


There is something rather disquieting about Sallie Declan, a young American in London, and it is not just her obsession with Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, the subject of her PhD thesis.

There is her decision, almost casually taken, to leave her studies for a temporary job as a nanny in a large country house.

She seems to display astonishing naivety as she build a fantasy about her emotional future there.

Surely she can see it is all delusion? But a progressively darker reality unfolds as we are led inexorably towards a terrible and shocking climax.




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This story really disturbed me and haunted me, but as an insight into obsession this is a superb story and very well written. Sallie is an interesting character and I don't want to give too much of the story away, but you really get drawn into her world and her reactions to it.

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