“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.

“Ghost Story” by Peter Straub

I finished reading this book last night and wanted to share it here. I had several people recommend this to me or tell me this would be a really good horror novel to read…..they were not wrong. There may be times where it seems like the are straying off the main story but they are not. You’ll see when you get to the end of the novel….all of that has something to do with the story. I did end up liking this novel because the author did a good job of building the suspense all the way through the end. It’s a good book to keep you on the edge of your seat or if you like ghost stories.

Synopsis: What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?

In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.

But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever…

“Pet Sematary” by Stephen King

I finished reading this on my Kindle this morning and I thought I’d share it here. This book looked interesting from the synopsis so I thought I’d give it a shot. I thought it was good, especially the way it ended. The book kept a good pace throughout and kept me turning the pages because I couldn’t wait till I got to the end. Now, I have to go watch the movie they released earlier this year, plus, I’ll have to watch the original they made.

Synopsis: When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better

Latest purchase!

I was able to shop at a Barnes & Noble today and I wanted to share what I purchased at said store. I thought this store was pretty big in size. However, they did not have books by a certain author that I was looking for. My only regret was that I could have spent more time in the store. I would have ended up spending more money if I could have stayed longer. But I am happy with the books I did find while I was there.

“The October Country” by Ray Bradbury
“The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon
“Bad Man” by Dathan Auerbach
“Miss Buncle’s Book” by D. E. Stevenson
“Miss Buncle Married” by D. E. Stevenson

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This movie came out in theaters this weekend and I got to go see it. This movie actually ended up doing better in the box office than I thought it was going to. In the theater I went to, they only had this movie showing on one screen so I figured they didn’t expect this movie to make much if it’s only showing on one screen. My hubby even mentioned that there were more people in that theater than he was expecting (he went to see the movie with me). My hubby found out that the Hobbs and Shaw movie was the only movie to beat out this movie as far as sales and he said they didn’t beat it out by much.

Anyway, this movie was different than what I was expecting going into it but I still liked the movie. I don’t think my hubby liked it but he’s not big into any of the horror movies anyway. I liked how they left this open for a sequel (and whether or not we get a sequel will probably depend on how well this movie does) which makes sense because there are three of these books. But I’m not going to ruin anything for you in case you haven’t seen the movie yet and want to see it. Now I think I will go back and re-read the books (haven’t read them since I was a kid).

Another purchase!

I almost forgot to mention, I got to make a second purchase at my local book store. I got “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena (paperback), “What the Night Sings” by Vesper Stamper (hardcover), “Enter the Dark House” (Welcome to the Dark House & Return to the Dark House) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (paperback). I just love going to my local book store. Plus, I’ve noticed that they’ve rearranged the store a bit so I had to spend some time getting myself reacquainted with where stuff is. I didn’t mind them rearranging the store since I normally make sure that I have plenty of time to shop when I go to the book store because I know I’m going to spend a while in there anyway.

“Ten” by Gretchen McNeil

This is the latest novel that I’ve finished reading over the weekend. It is similar to Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” novel but it deals with teenagers instead of adults. With that comes some teenage angst or teenage drama mixed in with the story. I think this book would be geared more towards the young adult audience who like a good thriller. The story is good but I don’t know if an adult would like sitting through the teenage angst/drama that is mixed in.

Synopsis: It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Recommendations!

I’m always looking for that next book to read so I’m willing to take recommendations from others, especially if I know that person likes to read similar books. Anyway, if you like to read, I wouldn’t mind hearing your recommendations for some new literature for me to read.

Genre: Horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery & thriller. I can take in the occasional romance if it’s good.

Have read: The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, the Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, Murder Has a Motive by Frances Duncan, Murder for Christmas by Frances Duncan, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox, Carrie by Stephen King, The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, etc.

Books I refuse to read: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. I read this book once upon a time and I really got into it at first but the ending disappointed me. This book really turned me away from that particular author and I won’t read anything remotely similar again.

Age Range: I normally read young adult and up. I will read children’s literature if it’s good enough to hold my interest (Harry Potter series is a good example).

“The Truth Lies Here” by Lindsey Klingele

I’ve finished another book last night right before I went to bed and I wanted to share it with you before I forget. This book didn’t end the way that I thought it would but that’s okay. I was thoroughly surprised when I got to the end and I like to be surprised. I don’t like being able to guess the ending before I get there. The story did move along at a nice pace, enough to keep you coming back to the story. I didn’t find any slow parts where I could have gotten derailed and not picked the book back up. This book will probably be the type of book for people who liked the tv show the X-Files.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN BONE LAKE? THE TRUTH WILL SURPRISE YOU.

In small town Michigan, Penny Hardjoy, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy next door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other people turn up dead in the woods.

The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of Penny’s memory go missing.

Pretty soon, her research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .

“The Bone Keeper” by Luca Veste

I’ve finished another novel and wanted to share it with you. This novel is a stand alone and was a really creepy read. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t see the ending coming. I imagined that the killer was a particular person and it wasn’t who I thought it was. Plus, it seems that the author is trying to throw you a few curve balls to throw you off. But if you’re looking for a crime novel that is really creepy, than this book may be right up your alley.

Synopsis: Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three returned.

Now, a woman is found wandering the streets, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the evil urban myth.

And then a body turns up.