Review: The Invited
Title: The Invited
Author: Jennifer McMahon
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: I love McMahon’s writing style and adored Winter People but this book just didn’t really do it for me. I didn’t like the jumping back and forth between time lines and found that several things were predictable for me. The story is also a lot more character driven than I thought it would be. The book was well written and their was definitely a very creepy vibe, which was more than enough for me, but I think horror fans will find it lacking. Overall it’s a good book, just not for me. I do think other reads will enjoy it.
*I received this book from Doubleday in exchange for an honest review*