In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of ...more
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. It is so eerie.
Helen also finds out about the tragic ...more
Blurring the lines between the past and the present, the dead and the living.
With dreams of a less complicated life, Helen and Nate decide to uproot from urban-CT and move 'out to the country'. Using money Helen recently inherited after her father's passing, they make a plan to start over and build a new home with their own hands.
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 ...more
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 ...more
The reasons I enjoyed so much about this book:
- We meet with Hattie, a real gifted witch, who was just being killed by locals with false accusations. ( She’s still witch but not she is not danger to the community, she just wanted to help for saving children) That prologue gives you creeps, by disturbing your feelings push you turn pages faster!!!
- It starts with the moving of couple, Helen and Nate, recently resigned from teaching ...more
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 ...more
I love how this author puts her stories together, out ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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...more
At first, neither of them believes it, but when weird things begin ...more
Let’s start off by addressing the giant pink elephant which will make this book be a failure for many. As the blurb says, the story here is about a young couple who “abandon the comforts of suburbia and their 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.” What it doesn’t tell you is these two are literal ...more
Beautifully written fictional ghost story filled with intriguing and tragic history.
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 ...more
Helen and Nate decided to pursue their dream of ...more
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 ...more
And there's a bit of an icy flow in those veins. When you feel a spike of connection with things that go bump in the night......a certain unexplainable tap on the shoulder and a wayward vision from the corner of one's eye.
Helen and Nate are now Vermont transplants from Connecticut where life found them teaching middle school students in a private school. She in history filled with the past. He i ...more
The Invited is a ghost story by Jennifer McMahon. This is the first book that I’ve read by McMahon and I plan on reading more! The writing was pretty good along with being atmospheric.
The Invited starts off with Helen and Nate deciding to go off the grid and live a simpler life. They are both teachers and decide to pick up stakes in Connecticut and head towards Vermont. They find a huge piece of land in Vermont that’s perfect for building their dream home.
Turns ou ...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
I'm a huge fan of a good ghost story, but man, this didn't work for me at all.
The best way I can describe this book is an easy read with a light mystery to it. That's it.
I see that some have categorized this as a horror book, even a thriller, and I can assure you- it is neither of those two.
I think that lack of intensity is what made this read flat line for me. The characters are portrayed as not the sharpest tools in the shed (at least that's my read) and as much as I tried, I just couldn't fin ...more
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 Nat ...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
THE INVITED is the latest novel I read by Jennifer McMahon. I have previously read several of her other novels and am generally impressed with her imagination, characters, and twisted endings. The premise of this novel was one I found intriguing. Instead of your normal, "move into a house only to find out later that it's haunted" theme, our main couple is moving from the city with plans to build a classic "saltbox" style house of their own.
In essence, BUILD a house to be haunted.
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Truly a ghost story with an outcome I didn't predict at all. The book starts with the hanging of Hattie Breckenridge for witchcraft. (Incidentally, I like the last name because of Breckenridge, Colorado)
We flash forward to present day when a couple decides to move to the country in Vermont and build their dream home, modeled on a historic saltbox house. Almost right away, strange things start happening and items are disappearing and it isn't clear if someone is sabotaging their bu ...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