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Review: The Invited

The Invited

The Invited
By Jennifer McMahon
Doubleday, 9780385541381, April 2019, 368pp.

The Short of It:

Not your typical ghost story.

The Rest of It:

Nate and Helen come to town with the hopes of building their dream house and living out their lives in peace and tranquility. The land they purchased was a good price, secluded, surrounded by nature and… haunted. Helen figures this out fairly quickly but Nate is not convinced even though one bad thing happens after another.

As they build their home from scratch, Helen learns of the history behind the land and also gets to know her teen neighbor, Olive, quite well after she attempts to scare them away, pretending to be the ghost of Hattie, a young mother who was hanged for witchcraft years ago.

But there is something mysterious going on and both Helen and Olive attempt to get to the bottom of it. Helen, out of curiosity and later, duty. For Olive though, her mother walked away from her and her dad without a trace and she believes the stories surrounding Helen’s land has something to do with it.

The Invited was a welcome surprise. It had a little bit of everything and the story was rock solid. Reading it was a nice way to spend a couple of days. I’ve not read this author before but I would absolutely read her again.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Movie Review: The Conjuring (2013) (#RIPXII)

The Conjuring

Apparently there are many of these Conjuring movies out there but I only knew of this one, so when #RIPXII came around I quickly added it to my list of movies to see. I am sharing the review here so I can post it on the RIP XII review site.


The Conjuring is the perfect horror movie. It includes all of the good stuff: a scary old house, lots of spirits, jump scares, and pretty good acting by Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Patrick Wilson. This move has very little gore. It’s mostly very suspenseful with a lot of “surprises” to make you jump out of your skin. The story isn’t bad either:

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. ~ IMDb

Sometimes these types of movies are throw aways where you watch them once and move on, but I could see myself owning a copy and I can for sure see myself watching the other movies in the franchise.