The Invited (Paperback)Jennifer McMahon (author)
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In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia and 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.
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 231 x 152 x 28 mm
Edition: Large type / large print edition
-- Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant
A dream home becomes one of nightmares for a husband and wife attempting to start a new life in the woods of Vermont. Board by board, stone by stone, tragic events of the past creep toward the light in this delicious slow burn of a haunted tale.
-- J.D. Barker, bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey and Dracul
"[The] blend of ghost story and modern mystery is flawlessly compelling and evocative. A masterful twist on the haunted-house story."
-- Booklist (starred review)
"[A] powerful supernatural thriller.... Whether one believes in ghosts, McMahon's consummately crafted chiller is guaranteed to haunt."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The latest from McMahon is like a nesting doll - a thriller inside a murder mystery inside a ghost story - and will chill readers with every sideways glimpse of a passing shadow."
-- Library Journal
"Entertaining. . . powerful. . . supplies a plethora of frights that emerge from believable characters trying to navigate normal lives. McMahon again proves that the modern ghost story is more than things that go bump in the night. It hinges on reality, slowly building to a terror that seems real and sometimes personal, as it does in THE INVITED."
"Ghostly. . . engaging. . . unnerving."
"McMahon finds ingenuity in the likes of Shirley Jackson to craft a story. The chills come from equal helpings of both unearthly and tangible disquiet throughout."
"THE INVITED ha(s) one hell of a hook. . . I've been devouring it. McMahon's prose is clean and unfussy, with a steady attention to tension. . . I don't get scared by horror novels much anymore, but a scene of something otherworldly unfolding in the night actually gave me goosebumps."
--Alex McLevy, The A.V. Club
"Rich enough in shivers to make a good fireside read for McMahon's many fans."
--Seven Days Vermont