The Invited

The Invited

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In 1924, a young mother, Hattie Breckenridge, is hanged from a tree in her yard by the town mob, accused of a crime that was actually committed by her daughter. Nearly a century later, a young married couple, Helen and Nate, abandon the comforts of suburbia to begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams on the same forty-four acres of rural land where Hattie once lived. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by Hattie's story and the tragic legend of her descendants, three generations of "Breckenridge women, " each of whom died amid suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something elusive and dangerous in the present day.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385541381
Branch Call Number: F MCMAHON
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 25, 2020

4 stars. This is a contemporary ghost story with a twist or two. Helen and Nate are building their dream home in the wilds of Vermont. As they work on the build, strange things start to happen and Helen finds herself face to face with the ghost of a woman named Hattie. Helen starts investigating Hattie's history and discovers she was hanged for being a witch in the early 1900's. As Hattie keeps on appearing to Helen, she seems to want her to find someone, someone who could be in danger. This was an interesting supernatural thriller and a good read.

Oct 30, 2020

Good story about the legacy of Hattie Breckenridge, her gathering and guidance through the years

Aug 31, 2020

Small town is so small town.
What an opening to a pretty great story. The fast paced ending was fun. Will probably check out another title from this author in the future.
Any suggestions from anyone?

Aug 21, 2020

This was pretty good! I love good ol fashioned ghost stories, and this didn't disappoint. It did seem to drag on here and there though, and it took me forever to finish because there were parts that just didn't keep my attention. Overall, worth a read.

Oct 21, 2019

I really enjoyed this book -- I couldn't put it down! A great, spooky read for this time of year.

JCLMeghanF Oct 15, 2019

Such a great twist on a classic theme! Instead of moving into a haunted house, Helen and Nate Wetherell build one. Using artifacts from their small Vermont town, they infuse their house with ghosts - and start to find some answers to the town's mysterious past.

KHCPL_Wagner Oct 15, 2019

This horror novel features a haunted house.

Jul 31, 2019

I was fully immersed in this book but I predicted halfway through where it was headed and drew my own conclusion which turned out to be right. I wasn't happy about the ending though. I actually envisioned an old Scooby Doo episode and half expected The Mystery Machine to pull up any minute.

Jul 17, 2019

An enjoyable, modern take on the haunted house. Instead of moving into one, the protagonist builds her own haunted house after becoming obsessed with a local family's multi generational tale of tragedy. Most of the ending was easy to figure out, but there was enough intrigue to keep me hooked until the conclusion.

Jul 11, 2019

This isn't your typical ghost story. It is more character-based and so it's a little slow for the average ghost-story reader. It IS however, a really good mystery, so I recommend it.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally May 25, 2019

"What people don't understand, they destroy."

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 25, 2019

“First, we’ve got a witch ghost, now there’s a buried treasure? Is this Scooby fucking Doo?”


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