Reviewer: Christine Davis
A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Timesbestselling 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.
We all fantasize of that perfect place. A place to build your dream home and live life like you always wanted to. Should that place include those who lived there long ago, decades ago?
Author Jennifer McMahon takes her characters in her book ‘The Invited’ to the point where they must ask themselves; “who does belong and who doesn’t ?” at their new home. Where does the history of a place, a family, belong beside the living of today? How far should someone go to find out if history was correct in condemning another to death? And what do you do if the dead won’t stay quiet? Do you invite them in?
My heart clenched and my eyes popped wide as I read how closely intertwined the lives of people became with “the other realms” in this story. A haunted house scary book you say? Nope. Scary graveyard tale? Not in any traditional sense! To find out who’s been invited you’ll have to read and wonder if the decision to give invitations was wise!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.