The Invited by Jennifer McMahon


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Invited is a story of a land that is seeped in history. Sometimes it is not necessary that there should be a house for the haunting, the whole plot of land itself becomes the haunted place. Helen and Nate looks forward to building their own home in a plot of land that is rumored to be haunted. Having worked as a history teacher Helen becomes obsessed with the story of the land and the woman called Hattie who haunts the place. Meanwhile Nate even though rationalizes his experience to science, things soon become hard to explain in a scientific way. The past unravels slowly as Hattie’s descendants are discovered and the present offers its own mystery with the missing Lori.Olive who’s her daughter hopes to bring her mom back one way or other and is in the search of a treasure that is said to be hidden in the same haunted place.
The story is fast paced and brilliant at places and keeps the reader hooked.Very entertaining creepy story!

Blurb

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.


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