The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4 stars
Helen and Nate decide to use her small inheritance and leave their comfortable middle-class lives in Connecticut in order to live in rural Vermont. They decided to build their dream house themselves on the 44 acre parcel of they land they purchased at a deeply discount rate. Little did they know that this land was the site of a horrific case of vigilante justice, a lost treasure, and quite possibly haunted. On top of everything, it seems like there are people who don't want any newcomers in their village. Despite the adversity, Helen is especially motivated to learn about the mysterious history of their new home.
I found myself at a continuous state of unease, or at least heightened awareness, while reading; most likely because I read it at night in my own house in the woods with the sounds of animals surrounding me. Such an atmospheric setting is not required to like The Invited though; I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of mystery, history, and supernatural in daylight just as much. McMahon is a master at sustaining the spooky elements within the story without going over the top. There are several unexpected twists and turns throughout that keep the reader intrigued, even when the plot starts getting a little predictable. If you want a good thriller that will spook you a little, this is definitely a book for you.