Damn, who wrote this?
Seriously, I have enjoyed other books and series by Jennifer Estep. Gave them good ratings, devoured series in their entirety and was a fan. But there were always things to pick on, some pacing, some repetitiveness, various other things that didn't stop my enjoying her books.
This book was extremely well written. Start to finish. Fast paced. So fast paced that surprisingly this first book has a very complete story arc, an absolute opposite of a cliffhanger.
The main character -- oh, sheesh. Not perfect but perfectly written. Not in the least perfect, but a fully developed, believable, character to root for.
The story unfolds believably and logically even with the twists.
Boy, I'm not writing good reviews. But I've had these books languishing waiting on a review so for now this is the best I can do.
Definitely continuing the series when more are published. Ms. Estep has gotten really good as an author.
Trouble is on the docket and no one is exempt. A Devilish Deceit is full of backstabbing, intrigue and drama. Greer finds herself entangled in a battle of exes, colleagues and matching wits with a killer. It's anybody's guess what will happen next. Bramseth is always thinking up new ways to captivate readers. She succeeded perfectly with this smartly written thriller.
Jennifer McMahon’s gothic novel, The Invited, is a suspenseful and atmospheric ghost story that lures the reader in like the haunted bog that provides its setting. The book opens in 1924 Vermont with Hattie Breckenridge on the day of her death just as she had predicted it – hunted down and hung by the townspeople accusing her of witchcraft. The novel then flashes forward to the current day with Helen and Nate, a young couple who have left their teaching jobs to embark on a back-to-the-land endeavor. They try to dismiss the local rumors about Hattie’s ghost haunting their property, but they quickly begin to experience strange sights and sounds as they build their new home. Both disbelieve the other’s account, becoming obsessed and secretive as they follow their separate paths in order to provide proof. Meanwhile, their young neighbor, Olive, is seeking some answers of her own on the land. Olive is coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance and suspects it is possibly tied to a hidden treasure that Hattie may have left behind. Each chapter of The Invited is titled after a phase of construction, and building/demolition metaphors are threaded throughout the novel. As Helen and Nate work to erect a house that recalls the past, the surrounding town and its actual historical remnants seem to have been reduced to rubble. Salvaging both information and artifacts about Hattie and her descendants, Helen visits the sites that relate to their tragic lives. Just as secrets and mistrust have destroyed the foundations of these actual structures, they also are threatening to erode Helen and Nate’s relationship. The Invited is nicely paced and plotted, with some genuine surprises and interesting diversions. Fans of supernatural tales or meandering mysteries will find Jennifer McMahon’s newest release a chilling and satisfying addition to her body of work.
With Audio Performed by Cassandra Morris
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-