Book review – The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

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The Invited

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!


CW: death, murder, witchcraft, and parental abandonment

After reading this book, I don’t really know what to say about it. It was an odd book and I seriously considered DNFing it because it wasn’t doing it for me. I know for a fact, I’d recommend it to other people, but I wouldn’t ever read this again.

The book is about a family legacy. Back in the 1900s, Hattie Breckenridge was murdered for witchcraft in front of her daughter. The land, they say, his haunted by her ghost. Bad things happen there. Helen, a schoolteacher, inherits money and decides to build a house on it with her husband. Oliver, otherwise known as Olive, has gone through recent trauma of her mom disappearing and there being rumors of her running off with another man.

Odd things start happening. Things move in the house. Helen and her husband, Nate, see things. Olive isn’t sure what’s going on but knows that there’s something with Hattie’s land.

The mystery is twofold. One, the mystery of Hattie. Two, Olive’s mother. I can honestly say that I guessed the second one early on and wasn’t that surprised by it, even though I wasn’t completely correct with it. The first one was far more compelling, although it felt like the paranormal stuff was misplaced in the book. It didn’t mesh with the overall tone.

And, it also wasn’t that scary. I was expecting it to whig me out and to make it hard for me to put it down at night since I have a bad habit of reading spooky stuff in my bed with all the lights off. But there was nothing.

The plot just progressed so slowly that I nearly stopped reading it about 75% in. I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen. But, I skimmed the last 25% of the book and gathered the information, but I wasn’t enthralled by it.

It’s a good book for someone who wants a slow burn book. The characters are fun to read and interesting. However, I was just looking for something more solid from this book. I ended up feeling rather bored and tired by the end of it. I was glad to see the end of it.

It just wasn’t a book for me, but I know it will be something other people love.

Talk to me!
Have you read this? What did you think?
What’s a slow burn book that you enjoyed?

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