“The Invited” by Jennifer McMahon

Finished another book today. I was not aware this book had come out until I came across this book at the book store by accident. I like haunted house stories but this was interesting to me since the haunted house in this one is being built. I don’t want to say too much so as not to spoil it for anyone interested in reading it but it’s interesting. It moves along at a nice pace and keeps you coming back for more with each chapter you read. I was also surprised by the end. It didn’t end like I thought it would but I am happy with how it ended.

Synopsis: 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 . . .

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.

“The Night Sister” by Jennifer McMahon

I just finished reading this last night and I wanted to share it with you. I had gotten a gift card to the local bookstore for Christmas and they were having a sale on their bargain books at the time (buy 2 books and get the 3rd one free on all books from the bargain section) and this was one of the books I picked out. I stayed entertained throughout the entire book. There was no “slow beginning” parts that I had to get through either to get to what everybody calls “the good parts”. This novel held my attention from start to finish. I think I’ll try some of the author’s other novels and see if they are just as good. If you want a good, spooky novel to read around Halloween time (or any time you want a good scare), then this book would be a good one to read.

Synopsis: 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.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.

“A Haunting” by L. I. Albemont

I have been reading this book on my Kindle Fire that I have and I recently finished reading it. It’s my first e-book for this year and I now have to see what I’ll read next on my Kindle. Anyway, I did enjoy this book and I have no regrets about purchasing it. The book started out good and stayed that way throughout the entire story. I didn’t want it to end. As a matter of fact, I hope the author makes a sequel to this book. If you plan on picking up your own copy of this book to read, you may want to leave the lights on while reading.

Synopsis: Fleeing a troubled past, Sarah Faust thinks she has found the perfect place to start a new life. Tucked away on a charming side street and surrounded by lush grounds, the three-hundred year old fixer upper in the port city of Charleston offers a refuge and a place to start over. But all is not as it seems at 5 Rue Lane and she soon finds that her new house harbors something that has been there for a very long time. Something that refuses to stay buried. In A Haunting, Albemont brings us parallel tales of old and modern horror, weaving colonial era events into a modern ghost story you won’t soon forget.