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The Invited

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  261 reviews
A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times bestselling 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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Doubleday
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Kimberly I just noticed that. I entered the giveaway just now and it added The Invited to my Want to Read list. Now they're both on it. Hmmm

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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the very beginning of the story, Hattie Breckenridge is hung for being a witch.
Nate and Emily decide that they want to build a house in Vermount. The plot of land that they purchase is haunted. They then learn that Hattie use to live on the land that they purchased a century ago near the Bog. Then things get really interesting. Helen doesn't know it but she ends up building a haunted house from sctatch. Then strange things start happening.

Helen also finds out about the tragic lives of Halli
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Nate and Helen decided to change their lives. They resigned from their teaching jobs and moved to rural Vermont where they began building the home of their dreams. They purchased the forty-four acres of land from a man who was extremely motivated to sell. So happy to have a good deal, in a beautiful setting, they soon learned that their land was once owned by a suspected witch, Hattie Breckenridge. A woman who the town chased down and hung for being a witch. Rumors about the land are al
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read

Blurring the lines between the past and the present, the dead and the living.

With dreams of a less complicated life, Helen and Nate decided to uproot their lives in CT and move to the country. Using money Helen recently inherited after her father's passing, they make a plan to start over and build their own home.

Ultimately, they decide on a large plot of land in rural-Vermont with a rich history. Leaving their cushy CT-lives behind, they move into an old trailer on the new proper
Holly  B
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A couple decide to buy some land in Vermont that local legend has deemed "haunted". They get a "discount".

Nate asks his wife, Helen what would make her "happy".  She tells him that she dreams of a country life, away from the demands of the city.  She wants land, a garden, chickens, goats, reminiscent of her childhood reading of the Little House on the Prairie.

Nate and Helen buy the land and begin building the home of their dreams. They are building it themselves and adding some pieces of local
Middle school teachers, Helen and Nate, living a comfortable, sane life in the city, decide to ditch their jobs, new condo, and city life, after Helen's father dies and has her rethinking what she wants to do with her life. They buy 44 acres in the Vermont woods, with it's very own bog. In line with their new way of life, they are building their house themselves and Helen goes about finding things that are related in some way to Hattie Breckenridge, a rumored witch who lived on that property a c ...more
Diane S ☔
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
One doesn't always need to move into a house that is haunted, sometimes even building new the land itself could be taunted. This is what happens in the Vermont woods, when Helen and Nate leave their jobs, taking Helen's inheritance, to build a new house. What they didn't know was that this spot was the place of an horrific injustice, and a lost treasure. It soon become clear that they are not alone, and that someone wants something from the m.

I love how this author puts her stories together, out
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
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: megs_bookrack
This book is nothing short of astounding.

If you've been following me for a while (or even for a week or two), then you know that I love horror. I love reading every single word and letting it sink in. I love the heart pounding, fear I get when I read scary books. Of course, if you know me in real life, you know that I am a big scaredy cat. I hate dark places, tight spaces and scary situations. So why, would I like horror books? Mostly because I can control the situation. When I'm reading, I kno
No scary horror here, but we do have one fine creep factor!

After receiving an inheritance, Helen and Nate leave the city...and their comfortable teaching jobs to self-build the home of their dreams....but many strange spirited obstacles arise.

Unknowingly, the 44 acres they purchased in a small Vermont village near a bog turns out to have a dark and violent history....and the townspeople make it known they aren't too happy with the presence of outsiders even before Helen decides to dig deep int

Theresa Alan
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-done work of paranormal fiction. I’m not usually a big fan of the paranormal, but it works well here because the story is grounded in history and science since Helen is a history teacher and her husband, Nate, is a science teacher. After Helen receives a large inheritance, they give up their teaching jobs and buy property in the woods of Vermont, even though the realtor tells them the land is alleged to be haunted.

At first, neither of them believes it, but when weird things begin
JuJu (Julie)
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ghost Story lovers
Short summary
Beautifully written fictional ghost story filled with intriguing and tragic history.

My thoughts
This story begins with a bang. The back story about Hattie Breckenridge—who died a century ago—is so interesting, it grabbed my attention right away. The book slows down a bit as it comes back to the present, alternating from the POV’s of Helen and Olive. Once things pick up, the book is hard to put down! Every once in a while we get a chapter that goes back in history—to fill in some mi
Kim ~ Traveling Sister
Witchcraft, a wicked creepy town history, things that go bump in the night. Yes please! I loved this book! I didn't know what to expect when I agreed to read this book as a group read with some fellow Traveling Sisters. Whew, let me tell you it was fantastic. I was creeped out right down to my toes. I am not a fan of horror and I have never read a witchcraft, or witch themed book, oh gasp...... yes I know. I could not get enough of this book though.

Helen and Nate decided to pursue their dream of
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
I always get excited about a new Jennifer McMahon book. I've mentioned before that I became acquainted with her work quite a long time ago when I devoured a few of her earlier novels, namely PROMISE NOT TO TELL and DON'T BREATHE A WORD.
Still, my favorite McMahon is THE WINTER PEOPLE. She's had a few releases after it, THE NIGHT SISTER and BURNTOWN but I didn't get on so well with either of those.
Unfortunately, I'm afraid I had similar issues with this book too--but let's see if I can unpack this
Helen and Nate have a nice, settled life as teachers at a private school in Connecticut. But they also have aspirations for a simpler life. So using their savings and an inheritance, they buy 40+ acres in the tiny village of Hartsboro, Vermont and decide to build their own dream house themselves. Helen, a history teacher, wants a house and land with history--and she gets her wish when she discovers the story of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who apparently lived (and died) on their property over a ...more
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

Anyone that knows me well at all knows I absolutely A-D-O-R-E Jennifer McMahon. She writes some of the creepiest and most chilling books I have ever read. Unfortunately, while I still really enjoyed The Invited, it was not my absolute favorite from her.

What it's about: Helen and Nate have decided to leave their teaching jobs and move from the suburbs of Connecticut to forty-four acres in Hartsboro, Vermont. Using money she received after her dad died, Helen and Nate decide to build a hou
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this ghost story. I thought it was well written and I liked the characters Nate and Helen and Olive. Nate and Helen decided to build a house in Vermont and live in a trailer on the land while they are building. During this time they found out the land is haunted by its former owner, Hattie, who was hung on the property. Helen spends time researching Hattie and her descendants and compiling information. All kinds of "ghostly" things happen and the story is suspenseful. I highly recommend it ...more
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
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
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I stayed up WAY too late finishing this book but it was definitely worth it. As a fan of McMahon's previous book, The Winter People, I was eager to try another one of hers but nervous it wouldn't live up to my expectations. Spoiler alert, it did. McMahon is incredible at creating atmospheric settings that pull you in and make you feel like you're part of the story. The Invited was the perfect mix of spooky -- with ghosts and haunted houses -- and creepy. A cross between a thriller and a ghost st ...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
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
Jenna Bookish
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to Doubleday Books and NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. 

The Invited is a super fun ghost story from Jennifer McMahon with an intriguing mystery to unravel. Helen and Nate abandon their jobs and the city life they know to build their own house in the woods of Vermont. The setup is a bit tropey and cliche; unwelcoming backwoods locals clash with outsiders from the city, rumors o
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Helen and Nate were ready for a change in their lives. Nate, a science teacher, and Helen, a history teacher, lived in the suburbs, but they both yearned to be closer to nature, more removed from city-life. So they bought 44-acre plot of land in Vermont and decided to build a house from scratch. Helen learns that the land they purchased used to belong to the Breckenridge family and comes with a spooky past. Hattie Breckenridge was said to be a witch and people still believe she haunts the bog on ...more
Monika Sadowski
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put this book down. Great ghost story with some tragedies and mystery. It’s not horror story so you don’t have to be scared. Like always Jennifer McMahon didn’t disappoint me.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
They thought they would find a simpler life, feel closer to nature, get in touch with themselves, but what city dwellers Helen and Nate found could freeze even the heartiest in their tracks. The piece of heaven they purchased has a dark past and that past haunts the property to this day, cursed by the witch who swung from a tree all those years ago or is it something more contemporary, but just as evil? As they worked, nail by nail to build their home, they were being watched by something in the ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Invited is a very interesting suspenseful book. Helen and Nate move from the city to build their own house They leave their teaching jobs and everything they knkw behind. They move to a small town where it’s rumored to be haunted by the tragic life of Hattie.
Apr 15, 2019 marked it as dnf
I read about 70 pages of The Invited, and this is not working for me. Nothing has happened, and the characters are insufferable to me. YOU CAN'T READ BOOKS AND JUST KNOW HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE. NO. Anyway, I guess I was expecting something closer to The Winter People, and this was not it. There's no spook factor in this one. I'm out.
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Were they really invited? Or were they lured into making irrational decisions, becoming uncharacteristically obsessed with fanciful creatures and inatimit objects? Various people have tried to untangle the mystery and find the treasure left by Hattie, who was blamed for deaths and hung as a witch, but no one as determined and resourceful as newly wed Helen. She and her husband bought land next to a bog where Hattie was buried by irate townspeople.
The couple start to build their dream home on the
Taryn Johnson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I do not know what I was expecting prior to reading this book, but overall it was an interesting premise. I loved the idea of building a haunted house. What kept me from loving the story was its lack of darkness. I believe I was expecting the story to be creepy, twisted, and scary. I enjoyed the major plot twist at the end. I definitely wanted all my answers solved, so this book did keep me turning the pages, which was enjoyable. The characters were written very well and the writing style of the ...more
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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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