The Invited

The Invited

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.

Title:The Invited
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385541381
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    The Invited Reviews

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    In the very beginning of the story, Hattie Breckenridge is hung for being a witch. Nate and Helen decide that they want to build a house in Vermount. The plot of land that they purchase is haunted. Th...

  • megs_bookrack

    Protagonist couple, Helen and Nate, decide to uproot from urban-CT and move out to the country with dreams of living a more simplistic life.Using money Helen inherited after her father's recent passin...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Lets 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 ...