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The Invited

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  38 reviews
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 an
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Doubleday
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    Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this multi-layered, multi-generational ghost story and mystery, steeped in tragedy.

    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
    My reaction upon hearing news of my approval for this ARC is best summed up as follows:

    Haunted House stories give me life. Jazzed to get into this one!

    Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: horror-dark
    The Invited was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around a married couple, who decide to leave their respective teaching jobs to build a house in rural Vermont. While building their dream home, strange things start to happen around Helen and Nate, and they learn that the location is said to be haunted.
    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
    The Invited is my first read by suspense author Jennifer McMahon, and I'm intrigued to learn more about her after finishing this title.

    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
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

    Review to come
    Thank you to the publisher for this copy to review. If you want a creepy ghost story, this is the perfect book for you guys. The story is about a couple building a new home on haunted land. Hattie Breckenridge and her descendants had a tragic family history! I wanted to know so much more about the family that once lived on the land. I found this book interesting because I needed to know what was going on. It took a while for the story to pick up pace, but once the story gets going it packs a gre ...more
    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    3.0 Stars
    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
    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    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
    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE INVITED by Jennifer McMahon in exchange for my honest review.***

    3.5 STARS

    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
    Melissa In The City 🥂
    Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    A really enjoyed this book. It’s a super intense paranormal story, written absolutely beautifully. The story has many twists and turns and a pretty wow BAM of an ending.
    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.
    Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This is a slower, but ultimately satisfying read.

    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
    Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019-arcs
    Helen and Nate abandoned their city lives for rural Vermont, where they will build their dream home on their new property, amidst the woods and the nearby bog. Helen, formerly a history teacher, is intrigued when learns about Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there nearly a century ago. Hattie's tragic story becomes merged with the house when Helen used materials related to Hattie (such as a wooden beam made from the oak tree where she was hanged) to decorate the interior of the ho ...more
    Vivian Stevenson
    Thank you Doubleday Books/Netgalley for allowing me to read this! It was my first Jennifer McMahon novel, and I was not disappointed.
    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
    Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I'd like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to receive this as I had just finished 3 of Jennifer's books this month alone and loved them, especially The Winter People, with that being said, I loved this too. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one sitting. I enjoyed both the characters Helen and Olive and their stories and how they intertwined and how the story of Hattie and the past blew right into the future. Can' ...more
    Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I enjoyed this novel about a couple who's building their dream house on haunted property. It's a shivery ghost story that's compelling and creepy. I saw the big twists coming, so that was a little disappointing, but the tale was still enjoyable overall. McMahon's a good writer whose books I always enjoy. This one wasn't my favorite, although it was still a diverting page turner. I'd give it a B-.
    Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mystery, netgalley
    Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

    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
    Lauren Keen
    Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgally
    I’ll be honest, when I first started reading this book I wasn’t loving it. It had a lot of backstories at the beginning and was a bit of a slow start butttttttt (and this is a big BUT) as I carried on reading I began to love it. When I first picked up this book and discovered it was a paranormal read I was really apprehensive. I had never read anything in this genre before but watch a lot of TV shows/movies on it, so I was curious to discover how it was going to be written into a book and still ...more
    Paula  Phillips
    Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This book starts with Hattie and her daughter Jane being accused of witchcraft as Hattie had an idea something terrible was going to happen at the school and told her daughter to stay home. The schoolhouse ended up burning down, and Hattie and her daughter are blamed for the fire. Hattie tells Jane to run, and Hattie is sadly burnt at the stake. Centuries later, a new couple has moved into the property that once housed Hattie's house. Helen and Nate have decided to move to a quieter backwoods to ...more
    Erin Healey
    Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
    The Invited is a gothic ghost story set in Vermont that follows a couple, Helen and Nate, as they build their new home on a plot of land that is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Hattie. Helen becomes obsessed with Hattie and her story, and begins to research her story to find out the truth behind her life.

    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
    McKenzie Allyshia
    Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Honestly, this book went in a different direction than I had anticipated. However, I really loved it! I found myself eating up the history behind the property. Not to mention, the Breckenridge women. Each chapter pulled me a little bit deeper. There was a lot of great story telling and a lot of paths that were intertwined. The main characters were all very memorable and believable. I think that the author did a great job building both the characters and the settings. While the action took quite ...more
    Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read The Invited by Jennifer McMahon. I loved the Winter People - and McMahon's next installment is just as eerie.
    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
    Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
    I've read a number of books by Jennifer McMahon and I feel like I keep chasing the high I got from the first book I read by her, Don't Breathe a Word, which I absolutely loved. None of her other books have quite measured up for me, and this book was no exception. This book takes place in a small town in Vermont where a couple has moved and is building a house on land that is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a witch named Hattie who was killed there in the 1920s. Meanwhile their teenage neighbo ...more
    Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: literature, favorites
    Jennifer McMahon hits another one out of the park with her sinister story of a family descended from a witch. Hattie repeatedly warned of impending disasters, and was hung for her foresight. When Nate and Helen buy Hattie's old property at the edge of a bog and begin to build their dream house, the townspeople are less than thrilled. Soon things are disappearing, Helen and Nate are seeing things, warnings are revealed, and evil (?) things are left on their doorstep. Exploring themes of family, r ...more
    I was truly entertained by this book. Parts of it truly spooked me and freaked me out, I tried not to read it too late at night! I enjoyed the history and science lessons scattered throughout as well. I think the only issue I have is that I strongly disliked the character of Nate and I found most of his conversations with Helen to be super awkward and not like a married couple should sound. I didn't get a good handle on their relationship. I loved the parts of the book that had to do with Hattie ...more
    Amber Lehman Laurito
    Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I recently read Jennifer McMahon's book Promise Not to Tell and absolutely loved it. I have since devoured as many of her books as I have been able to get my hands on, so I was super stoked to receive this arc of her next novel, and it did not disappoint. This book was incredibly entertaining to read, a mystery mixed with a ghost story...yes please! I loved the way each chapter was a different chara ...more
    Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Started and finished in the same day - it was that good! A wonderful take on a classic ghost story. The author did a wonderful job with character development and storyline. I was hooked from the beginning. I loved the theme and the relationships of the various characters. The past and present flowed well and were not difficult to follow. I definitely recommend this book.

    I would like to thank the author/publisher/Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest re
    Ali Wolpern
    Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Rating for this is 4 🌟
    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.
    Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: net-galley
    This was an interesting ghost story with some twists and turns.

    Many thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for this advanced readers copy.
    Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Jennifer McMahon never fails! I love her "ghostly" books.
    Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2018, december-2018
    Helen and Nate decide to pick up and move from their cozy Connecticut condo to Vermont - where they plan to build their dream house. The land that they purchase comes complete with a swamp...and a ghost. As they begin to build, Helen becomes more and more preoccupied with finding out more about the ghost and her family, while Nate is obsessed with finding and photographing the elusive white deer on their property...

    This book was terrifying. I generally read late at night and I found myself jumpi
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    I'm the author of seven suspense novels, including Promise Not to Telll, The Winter People, and most recently, The Night Sister . I live in central Vermont with my partner and daughter, in an old Victorian that some neighbors call The Addams Family house.
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