- Expected Apr 30, 2019
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 build one . . .
In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia 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 beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house--a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse--objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jennifer McMahon’s novel puts a thoughtful spin on the haunted-house story. Helen wants to live in a house with “a sense of history,” but when she and her husband decide to build their dream home in Vermont, she gets way more than she bargained for. The local legends about the boggy piece of land attached to the property are alluring until strange things start to happen. The Invited is a captivating meditation on place and belonging—and a supernatural pageturner driven by well-written characters with very human needs.