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Jennifer McMahon is masterful ghost storyteller - she has gone back to her roots with The Invitation with a straight up ghost story that will scare your socks off. I haven’t been this spooked by a book since reading Simone St. James’ The Broken Girls which had a similar gothic, haunting vibe. And I so appreciated the nod to history geeks such as myself here.
I have long been a fan of this autho ...more
The Invited is a well written, slower paced book that details a horrible family legacy and how it affects those in present day. The characters and story are both well developed and I’d highly reco ...more
Helen and Nate have decided to move out of suburban Connecticut and venture to rural Vermont, in order to create their dream home. It'll be a beautiful estate, on over forty acres of land, and they'll begin a farm of their own. A simpler life, and they'll be happy together. However, the couple's happiness is deterred once they find out that the land was previo ...more
After previously reading and loving The Winter People, I was eager to read a similar suspense story by the same author. The Invited was well written with decent characterizations. Unfortunately, the plot itself did not live up to my expectations.
I usually love stories that incorporate multiple genres, yet it just did not work in the case of this novel. Blending together suspense, mystery and horror, this narrative failed to push any of these elements far enough to feel satisfying to the ...more
This was an interesting ghost story, in a small town with a haunted history. This gave me gothic vibes, a la Susan Hill, but set in America (Vermont). A mysterious bog, witches, hidden treasures, family trees - The Invited was different and intriguing. I liked the characters and the alternating POVs. The middle was a bit slow and the ending was predictable, but I enjoyed the read overall. I’ll always check out a Jennifer McMahon story, given the chance. This one is perfect for October or ...more
Helen and Nate are building their dream house in the woods of Vermont, woods said to be haunted by generations of murdered women. Nearby young teen Olive desperately searches for her missing mother. Their stories intersect with ghosts, or hoaxes of ghosts, in ways nobody could imagine.
Jennifer McMahon always creates interesting, complex plots that leave no ...more
Definitely not a cheesy ghost story. I give it 4 stars!
Thank you #Netgalley, the publisher and the author for my free arc in exchange for my honest review. Posting to goodreads and Amazon as well.
In The Invited, McMahon brings us a tale of ghosts, witchcraft, and a terrible family legacy.
Told in multiple points of view, we follow the women of one family through lives of heartbreak and ostracism. Their stories hurt.
I did love most of our characters, though our main character’s husband frustrated me immensely.
Some readers may find the novel’s pace a bit frustrating – and ghosts or not, the story is never, ever frightening. But the story is ...more
My actual rating is a 3.5.
This novel is about a couple who pick up their lives and move to a piece of land where they want to build their own home. It turns out that their little bit of heaven has a chilling past. Helen, a former history teacher, is naturally drawn to figuring out what exactly happened. The legend has it that Hattie Breckenridge lived and died on ...more
Helen and Nate leave their jobs and the life they’ve built in Connecticut for a more simple life in rural Vermont. As they build their house, the secrets of the town they’ve moved to swirl around them, reeling them in. Helen and Nate begin seeing strange things, and as Helen is drawn to the history of the land she and Nate now live on, it becomes clear that something is speaking through the years to Helen, and tha ...more
I absolutely loved the scenes in this book with Hattie and her ghost. McMahon is fantastic at writing creepy, unsettling scenes. I also adored Olive. She was precocious, su ...more
Although there are two timelines, McMahon keeps the reader mostly in present time with a young couple, Helen and Nate, that buy land in a small Vermont town.. They want to build their own home. They find that the land was once owned by a woman who was hanged many years ago - a woman that the townspeople said was a witch.
Strange things start ...more
I would like to thank the author/publisher/Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest re ...more
May be a little high, but I am a Jennifer McMahon groupie so I can't not love all books :)
This one is more of a typical ghost/paranormal book than her past books, which was a little disappointing. I love her usual bizarre plots ...and characters that are SO INCREDIBLY UNIQUE. Overall, it was still a good book, but no where near as good as The Winter People or her other books.
I did love the genealogy and fictional history that was brought into this book.
This book was terrifying. I generally read late at night and I found myself jumpi ...more