Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I am an avid Jennifer McMahon fan and have read many of her books. All different, all suspenseful. The Invited is one that incorporates a haunting, building a new home and a touch of Ancestry.com. You might think it is a strange combination, but you will be surprisingly mistaken.
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 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. 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.
This book has many twist and turns, which if you have read any of my reviews in the past, you KNOW I LOVE!
Please, do yourself a favor and read The Invited. It might be your first Jennifer McMahon, but it definitely won’t be your last!