Title: The Invited
Author: Jennifer McMahon
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Page Count: 368
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter Peoplereturns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house–they build one . . .
In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house–a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse–objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon is a horror or supernatural thriller. The story is one that is told through multiple points of views and different times on occasion. The two main voices belong to Helen and Olive but there are occasional chapters with others too.
Readers start with a brief prologue set in 1924 that is about Hattie Breckenridge who at that time was accused of being a witch. This little glimpse ties into the land that Helen and Nate decide to buy when the story begins. Helen and Nate want to move out to the country and build their own home on the land.
Once Helen and Nate set up a temporary living arrangement on the property they purchased they begin work on their dream home. Things of course don’t go as they planned and they begin to hear of how the land is said to be haunted by the ghost of Hattie Breckenridge.
The Invited had the atmosphere down perfectly in this ghost story with a hauntingly creepy and sinister vibe all around. The story is done in a bit of a layered style giving the reader those moments of is it or isn’t it, just what is happening. It’s one that while the style sounded complicated it still read with ease through the tense moments. Fun read that some may need a light on for.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.
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