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Mystery, History and Ghosts, Oh My!

By Library Staff

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

From the publisher:

"A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don't simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it's too late..."


The inside jacket cover of The Invited by Jennifer McMahon caught my attention with just a few words….”The story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house-they build one….” 

This quote embodies the foreboding I felt when I started reading. The author begins with events occurring in 1924 and weaves them into the central story, which takes place in 2015. As in many thrillers, small events happen that the characters brush off as nothing more that animals in the woods making noises, but of course, we know that these occurrences foreshadow something more sinister.

The Invited is part history, part supernatural, and part mystery. It grabs your attention and holds it from the first chapter on. I had a hard time putting the book down, as I wanted to see how the characters, house, land, and hauntings were all connected.

After reading this, I plan to check out (literally) the author’s other books.


The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

From the publisher:

"Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper's kid sister Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel's past, something that ruined their friendship forever."

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

From the publisher:

"West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself."


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