The Invited

Jennifer McMahon. Doubleday, $25.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-385-54138-1
In this powerful supernatural thriller from bestseller McMahon (Burntown), history teacher Helen Wetherell and her husband, Nate, buy 44 acres in rural Vermont on which to build their dream house, land the locals believe to be cursed by the spirit of Hattie Breckenridge, who was hanged there a century earlier as a witch. Days after the young do-it-yourselfers move into a trailer on the property, they find an ominous bundle containing an animal’s tooth on the doorstep—and that’s just the first of a series of events intended to scare them into leaving. Subsequently, Nate, a science teacher who scoffs at the supernatural, catches their 14-year-old neighbor, Olive Kissner, made up like a ghost, trespassing. But it quickly becomes clear the feisty teen isn’t responsible for everything. As Helen draws closer to Olive, she gleans more about the legends surrounding Hattie, which include the treasure the doomed woman supposedly buried on the property. Whether one believes in ghosts, McMahon’s consummately crafted chiller is guaranteed to haunt. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/18/2019
Release date: 04/30/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-385-68706-5
Paperback - 535 pages - 978-1-9848-8322-3
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