You Are Invited: A Ghost Story Kindle Edition
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"You know you've read a great horror book when, hours after you've finished reading, you're still freaked to the nth level. Sarah A. Denzil is amazing!!!" - Netgalley Reviewer
"Strong 'The Haunting of Hill House' vibes, and a little bit of 'The Shining' too. It's easily one of my favourite reads of the year." - Netgalley Reviewer
"Thrilling, scary and compelling." - Netgalley Reviewer
"Tense, mysterious, and a modern-day ghost story. I found it impossible to put down and enjoyed it from beginning to end." - Netgalley reviewer
"Wow wow wow wow! I absolutely loved this book. Easy to follow, well written, and the twist at the end....my jaw actually dropped!" - Netgalley Reviewer
"I loved everything about this book! It's one of those stories that I didn't want to end. I could have crawled inside this book and lived." - Goodreads Reviewer--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Silent Child.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B088VGV1ZN
- Publication date : September 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1543 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 233 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,615 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the crux of my problem with this novel: I never got a handle on precisely what I was reading. Denzil's writing is smooth and effortless; she can tell a great story, and I wish she had just settled on what direction she wanted to go and stuck with it. Instead, I feel like she was undecided about what genre or what story she was telling. Usually when I'm reading a Sarah Denzil story, I know I'm reading a mystery/thriller. At the end, I'm not entirely sure I wasn't reading one. Perhaps the author was counting on that level of uncertainty.
However. I don't feel like any of the events in the novel gelled for me. Every event, every plot point can be seen through too many lenses to feel committed to one view point. At the end, I feel like the novel is a little bit of a hot mess, although a well-written hot mess.
The plot: Several important influencers from around the web, are invited to The Event, where all five of them will livestream their every waking moment to a group of their loyal, paying fans. Cath has been writing her series for several years, and is thrilled to be invited. Several of the other influencers are more famous, but as they all vie for attention, she begins to find herself altered by their lives at this (remodeled) mysterious and dark Transylvanian nunnery, with its horrifying past and whispers of ghostly visitations. As the weeks continue, she wonders if she is becoming consumed by the past, as she begins to pick up echoes of the lives of those who have lived in the nunnery, and the paying subscribers are posting comments about dark figures on the livestream. Other influencers seem to hear and see things.
What is going on? Without divulging too much, I stand by my earlier assertion that Denzil never decides which kind of story she is telling. Without a firm decision one way or another, the narrative falters. This could have been a FANTASTIC horror novel, or an AMAZING thriller. An UNBELIEVABLE vampire tale. But when several threads are wound together and loosely held together, with no commitment to any one genre, I can't really get a sense that Denzil KNEW what story she wanted to tell.
It's a shame. I wanted to love this book. The writing is crisp, clean, and the characters (mostly) popped. But the story didn't gel completely. I would love to read another Denzil novel with a total commitment to her storyline. Otherwise, I'm not totally hooked.
Cath arrives with four other influencers for The Event: a month-long live-stream in a beautiful, remote location. Paying viewers will be able to access their favorite social media celebrities and offer to pay them to do things like karaoke, or yoga…or killing one of the group.
Things start taking a dark turn right away, and the group— a model, a fitness buff, a gamer, a life-advice guru, and Cath, a writer— don’t exactly mesh. Cath is the one to tell them the story of what happened in the monastery years ago, how the slaughter of a group of nuns left Sfantul Mihail cursed. Drunk on wine, everyone is creeped out, but no one believes it. Until one of their body cams turns up something they—and all their viewers— are able to see.
I thought the premise of The Event was great—a fairly plausible reason for five strangers to be alone together in a strange and haunted location. The ways in which modern technology wound through this novel were also really well thought out and interesting. The characters were believable, with some more fully drawn than others. Parts of Cath’s pasts, and her mental illness, weren’t filled in enough for my liking, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying the story. This is a page-turner, well-written, and quite creepy.
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The opening chapters of this novel are great and really draw you in. It's narrated by Cath (a writer) who's something of a wallflower and a private, shy character who clearly has some issues of her own. The event itself has been set up and hosted by Irene - the most famous influencer among them. She's also joined by Dan (a fitness guru), Nathan (a gamer) and Jules (a blogger).
Part of the problem with this novel is that there aren't enough characters to make it exciting yet, with so few characters, it felt that none were properly developed or fleshed out. They all seemed like cardboard cut out clichés. It probably didn't help that the character chosen to be the narrator was very insular - meaning her interactions with the others were pretty dull. This also felt like a novel that didn't know exactly what it wanted to be; a number of themes were present and it flip-flopped between seeming like a vampire tale, a ghost story and a simple psychological thriller (sans many thrills).
Ultimately, if I'm reading something that's touted as a ghost story, I expect for it to be, if not scary, at least somewhat chilling or spooky. This had none of those elements. Not very much happened (a figure on film - but that didn't really go anywhere), a few 'sightings' by Cath although, by this point, the reader felt that was probably due to hallucinations brought on by the fact her schizophrenia medication was stolen. By the time a few later incidents happen, it began to feel like there was a human hand in that.
Add in the fact that none of the characters were particularly pleasant and Cath herself was a bit of a wet fish, and the novel lacked the gritty edge it needed. It actually became quite dull - nobody (despite being well known influencers) seemed to be doing much of that, and there was a lot of wandering around the cloisters, making tea, talking about live feeds, working out who was taking the late-shift to talk to fans etc. The ghostly element was so subtle as to become boring - and perhaps that was the goal of the writer; that we weren't meant to be quite sure if the ghosts were real or in Cath's head. However, I think this would have worked a lot better had this been a story about a group of individuals terrorised by some supernatural element in an isolated nunnery.
As a novel, this just wasn't single minded enough, or interesting enough or spooky enough and, by the end, I was glad to have finished it.
Denzil is a skilled writer, masterful in this genre, tapping into all the senses to deliver a truly immersive and chilling ghost story. I was so lucky to have read this before Halloween, where the story starts. When the host of The Event took out the ouija board on Halloween night, I was almost too scared to continue reading. The ending is left slightly open for the reader's interpretation, which is absolutely fine and what I expect from a ghost story. I also thought Cath was one of the best characters I've read, especially as a fellow writer: I could understand her frustrations and anxieties, especially when releasing new writing, and I thought Denvil expertly captured this rollarcoater ride of emotions.
You Are Invited is the perfect ghost story in the perfect setting. Accept the offer and read it!
The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I did not want to
stop reading, but I needed to sleep. I read it in 3 enjoyable days.
An excellent story. It did not turn out as I expected but was
very good. Now going to read 'One for Sorrow'.