The fact that we are discussing The Turn of the Screw over 100 years after its original publication should be review enough: Read it.

The prologue sets up the backstory and provides the modern reader with an opportunity to become comfortable with the book’s 19th century voice. After that, welcome to Bly, where the reader becomes an observer, an eavesdropper following the plight of the manor’s governess. She’ll tell you the tale that she’s told all the others, and like all the others, you’ll be left wondering what’s true, and what is only true to her.

The Turn of the Screw has lasted because it tells more than just the story on the page, it engages the imagination of the reader, leaving you with a mind full of accusations you cannot prove and explanations for events that may never have taken place.

The writing is lush and effective. The writer is at all times in complete control. And the ending? It’s meant to make you feel that way.

Conclusion: We all have ghosts in our past, perhaps you’ll find yours here.