The Invited

The Invited Review

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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  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    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. Th...

  • megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars** 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 c...

  • Debra

    3.5 starsNate 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-fo...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five deserved, burning, spooky, creepy, witchy, goosebumps stars! 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 fal...

  • Holly  B

    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 ...

  • marilyn

    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 wan...

  • Diane S ?

    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 j...

  • Melisa

    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 Invitat...

  • Tucker

    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...

  • ABookwormWithWine

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5Anyone 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 ...