The Invited

Category: Book
By (author): Mcmahon, Jennifer
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: April 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 9.52in x 6.36in x 1.27in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"[A] powerful supernatural thriller. . . . Whether one believes in ghosts, McMahon's consummately crafted chiller is guaranteed to haunt." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[The Invited's] blend of ghost story and modern mystery is flawlessly compelling and evocative. A masterful twist on the haunted-house story." -Booklist, starred review

"[The Invited] 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

"Jennifer McMahon's latest premise is utterly chilling: imagine you don't stumble upon a haunted house, you build one. The Invited deserves a special spot in the canon of great ghost stories, and will remind McMahon's readers why she is such a worthy literary descendant of Shirley Jackson." -Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant
Biographical NoteJENNIFER MCMAHON is the author of nine novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Promise Not to Tell and The Winter People. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College.