The Invited

The Invited

Large Print - 2019
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A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times best-selling author of THE WINTER PEOPLE, returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don't simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it's too late...

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia and teaching jobs 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 charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. As Helen starts carefully sourcing decorative building materials for her home - wooden beams, mantles, historic bricks -- she starts to unearth, and literally conjure, the tragic lives of Hattie's descendants, three generations of "Breckenridge women," each of whom died amidst suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something precious and elusive in the present day.

Baker & Taylor
When an inspired effort to build her dream home is overshadowed by discoveries about her rural property's violent past, a former history teacher becomes obsessed with the stories of three generations of local women who died under suspicious circumstances.

& Taylor

When an inspired effort to build her dream home is overshadowed by discoveries about her rural property's violent past, a former history teacher becomes obsessed with the stories of three generations of local women who died under suspicious circumstances. (suspense). Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9781984883223
Branch Call Number: Fiction Mcmahon Large Type
Characteristics: 556 pages ; 24 cm
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Jun 15, 2019

Another great ghost story from Jennifer McMahon. This and The Winter People are my 2 favourites from this author. It was really interesting and creative, lots of nature which I also enjoyed.

Nicr Jun 14, 2019

Effective tale of the ghost of Breckenridge Bog in Vermont, where Nate and Helen have moved to build their dream house.They meet up with Olive, a 14-year-old ragamuffin who's looking for the ghost Hattie's buried treasure on their property. Gradually, the ghost-hunting begins and their stories converge. Saw some things coming a mile away; some genuine surprises.

Jun 06, 2019

A very enjoyable haunted house tale that gets it's foundation from a family curse--until I got to the ending where it all kinda falls flat. A disappointment, really, since it has all the components that appeal to me: hauntings, psychic abilities, family trees and their mystery members. It even has buried treasure! For me, the story was all about Hattie and her tragic end (and those of her descendants); everyone else was secondary. Still, those other characters are interesting; young motherless Olive and her grieving father; city folks Helen and Nate who decide to build their own home in the country and inadvertently stir up Hattie's spirit. There are a few unanswered questions left hanging by the end, however. For the most part, it's such a riveting read, but the ending simply doesn't do it justice. 3.5 stars.

May 30, 2019

Absolutely loved this book!

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 25, 2019

I LOVE Jennifer McMahon! Her stories are not strictly horror but more like supernatural suspense. They always span across a few different points in time and they always suck me in with really interesting, different characters. I really liked the supernatural elements of this story and they way each section was broken up into the house building process segments. And I know we are not supposed to judge a book by it's cover but I totally love the cover.

May 09, 2019

Read it in two days! Loved it, really gripping at the end

May 08, 2019

What if you had the chance to build your own haunted house? Historically rich and eerie, this "horror light" ghost story will be perfect for you if you want to dabble in horror.

May 08, 2019

Another good one by this author, my second read from her! This is a good haunting story, different in that the house that is haunted has yet to be built! The husband and wife plan their dream house, buy the land and begin to build it themselves! The land has a horrible history with years of sightings of a woman who was wrongly accused and murdered on the property years ago!

The wife starts buying up local antiques that she reacts to, feelings she gets that she is meant to put these in her home! With these she has invited in the spirits of a family that the locals believed have haunted the area for generations.

May 07, 2019

I really enjoyed this ghost story seeped in history! The story starts out in the past and sets the tone for what's to come.

The author did a fantastic job setting the scenery and building characters that were unique. Told from the alternating perspectives of Olive and Helen with little tidbits of chapters from the past.

The bog setting mixed with a real life ghost makes this book high up there for creep factor, but this is not a horror story! A great piece of paranormal fiction!

I hate to dive into too much detail about this fine piece of work, for fear that I will give away spoilers. Twists and turns are littered throughout the novel.

The Invited is available now to read! I highly suggest adding it to your TBR list! It was a 5 star read for me!

Thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for allowing me a copy to read and give my honest review!

Happy Reading!


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ReadingAdviser_Sally May 25, 2019

"What people don't understand, they destroy."

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 25, 2019

“First, we’ve got a witch ghost, now there’s a buried treasure? Is this Scooby fucking Doo?”


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