So this is a book blog you say, why are they reviewing Netflix series. Because the Netflix series is haunting and perfect for this time of year. Based on Henry James’ work particularly his 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw.
Part of the ‘Haunting’ Series by Mike Flannagan the first season of which is an adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House.
The series starts out with a woman with some friends the night before a wedding, they land on the topic of ghosts and she shares that she has a ghost story if they are interested, though she promises it isn’t short.
The story starts out with a governess sent by a rich man to care for two odd children, the children have lost their parents. At first it seems like a simple assignment, till the woman, Dani, played by Victoria Pedretti. Starts to notice things aren’t as they seem the children are strange, with strange rules about when Dani shouldn’t be in and out of bed. They start playing tricks and won’t explain why.
And Dani is sure there are ghosts about, but the question is who living and who’s not? Dani knows the ghosts have power but when things start going on beyond what she ever imagined she isn’t sure who she can trust. Except for the gardener Jamie.
But when things come down to protecting the children, Dani has to make a tragic choice, one that perhaps is the most haunting of all.
I loved this series, it was queer, it was creepy, and it makes me want to watch it again I can’t wait to go back and look for details.