The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
Helen and Nate buy a piece of land in Vermont that includes a bog and a story. Hattie Breckenridge was hung by angry parents for being a witch outside her home in the 1920s after her prediction that the school house would burn down came true and three students died. Hattie was hung from an old tree on her property and the foundations of her home are still visible next to the bog. Rumor has it that Hattie buried her treasure, her inherited wealth, somewhere on the property and she comes to those in the shape of a white doe or as herself to guide people into the bog and their death.
Helen, a former history teacher, is determined to bring authentic touches to their saltbox house. She finds the perfect ceiling beam for her living room at a reclaimed building supplies store and the story that goes with it clinches the deal. It is said that the beam was used in the construction of the new schoolhouse, recently dismantled, and the wood was taken from the tree Hattie hung from. Once installed Helen swears she sees Hattie in the corner of her kitchen that night. Helen starts searching out more pieces with gruesome stories in attempts to invite more ghosts into her home. Are the ghosts trying to get help from Helen in some way? Or are they trying to take over her house and her mind?
I’ll admit it. If I had a corpse-like looking ghost appear in my kitchen I think I would have gotten rid of the beam and bought every piece of my new construction brand spanking new. I’m not sure I would have even stayed. But the book is a gripping read that non-horror fans will enjoy; more spooky than scary with a supernatural element that the author describes so matter of fact that you just roll with it to the satisfying conclusion.