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'There are those who claim the ghosts walking the corridors of Sfântul Mihail are not ghosts at all.'

During a midnight journey snaking through the Carpathian Mountains, these are the words whispered to Cath Fenwick. It is the warning she will later wish she'd taken more seriously.

When Cath receives her invitation to The Event - a monetised retreat for social media influencers - she can't believe her luck. Irene Jobert is the most famous influencer in the world, and now Cath will be one of the five participants chosen to stay with Irene in a renovated Transylvanian monastery.

The catch? Their every move will be live-streamed to millions of people around the world. Patrons pay for constant access to their favourite social media stars: Irene, the model, Nathan, the gamer, Jules, the blogger, Daniel, the fitness guru and Cath, the writer. Nestled halfway up a mountain, surrounded by forests teeming with nature, the five are isolated, with nothing but the internet to connect them to the world. That is, until eagle-eyed live-stream followers all around the globe notice a sixth participant. A dark figure lurking in the background. Who - or what - is in the monastery with them?

Wolves roam the nearby forests. Shadows haunt the long corridors of Sfântul Mihail. Slowly, five lonely people begin to lose their minds. You are invited to The Event.

©2020 Sarah Denzil (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Missed opportunity and some deeply unpleasant elements

I loved the plot of this story. social media influencers invited to a sort of big brother experience with a supernatural element. i wish more stories existed with such contemporary themes, sadly this one fell flat. the story started ok tho I was confused at the lack of attendees / characters. there appeared to be only four invited to the event. why ? dan, nathan, jules and the narrator, and all were weird / whiny. nothing happens for long periods of time other than the narrator making tea and thinking about herself. then a token walk or two, some disturbed nights, a party and the narrator thinking about herself even more. yes it got old very quickly, and such self obsession unpleasantly very z generation. she feels some sort of connection with a dead nun, whose story also ends up as an anticlimax so very sadly no ghosts at all. there are wolves who behave like werewolves for some reason, but they are not supernatural either, and the story would have been a great deal better if they were. them a deeply unpleasant and lazy denouement, child porn and nasty graphic violence, blamed on mental illness. please can writers stop with mentally ill people being violent, can they also stop with the baddie also always being a violent alcoholic. such incorrect and belittling stereotypes of serious conditions should have no place in modern story telling. finally, an awful style of narration. shouty and one toned, it hurt my ears.
save your credit for sonething that doesnt resort to violence against women and children for thrills,
urgh.

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Dodgy sound, grating accents, and occasional robotic narration. Story is enjoyable, but let down by the narrator.

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A wonderfully intelligent read.

Thank you author for not copping out down the many easy plot routes. On one occasion I saw an “easy out” coming and literally yell at you not to take it, much to the surprise of my husband who was asleep at the time. It’s a truly fresh idea, well and fearlessly handled. Maybe not the most comfortable narrative but so well told. The characters are believable, I’ve met several of them in my life, and none are totally good or bad. Their reactions are credible if extreme. Treat yourself and listen to this. PS. The reading in a regional accent added immeasurably to the experience.

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good story

i liked this story because it was different from my usual genre. i felt i could relate to the main character who was being haunted by her mothers ghost. the storyteller was part if the reason i liked the book

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One of the best

I’m very fussy about my horror. This had everything I needed, was up there with The Elementals and Bentley Little’s ‘Resort’ my fave books.

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rubbish childish and unimaginative. v annoyed

rubbish childish and unimaginative. v annoyed i kept reading it just did not get better and tge narration is awful

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Sarah Denzil does it again!

Fantastic book. as usual Sarah delivers another fab psychological thriller. This time it reflects social media influencers at their 'stuck up, greedy, fame hungry finest' without giving too much away the book goes on to show the facard we put on hardly ever reflects what is going on when the camera is turned off. LBQT, mental health and our social media obsession runs throughout the ghost story and the environment of the very creepy Romanian monastery in the snow covered wilderness only adds to the atmosphere. Overall a brilliant story, with a really good performance from the narrator. Sarah's books are always so enthralling and she has a way of enveloping the reader right into the plot, as the atmosphere is described so well. Awaiting the next... Thank you. 📚📖

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Bit predictable

Narrator was a bit annoying took a while to get used to, story was predictable wasn't the best sarah denzil but was ok

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  • JJ
  • 10-06-21

Worth a listen

Loved the plot and the narration. Worthy listen that gets more intriguing as you go. You think it's maybe a bit of a simple, even predictable story...but its not!

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Invited

Although this story is very different to the ones before I really enjoyed it will return to this book in the future when my memories have dimmed.

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  • 18-10-20

Constant unbalanced plot keeps it moving

What a whirlwind this psychological horror novel is, and it is a great reminder of how social media drives people to do much for money. Wonderfully creepy setting with believable characters who can’t trust their eyes, what’s happening to them, or one another. The unreliable narrator works exceptionally well in this tale.

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  • Opinion8d
  • 27-06-22

Not much mystery but ghosts aplenty

I found this book a bit far-fetched but I don’t believe in spirits much.

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  • Laken
  • 24-01-22

Pretty good

I won’t say that it’s my favorite story but I did like it. The narrator gets on my nerves sometimes but she did a great job with the different accents of characters.

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  • Victoria Smith
  • 23-12-21

You Are Invited

I don’t want to give anything away but I do want to say this book is not at all what I expected. I almost thought it would be a ghost story and in some ways I guess it is. Everyone deals with their own “demons” and ghost in some way. I’m a big believer in God and in some ways I feel like I’d I was Cath, my experience would have been similar to hers. Cath delt with a lot of trans as a child and in general; and parents- oh manipulative parents can damage us for lode. I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t stop. Great twist

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-21

Great story, mediocre narrator

The narrator was hard to listen to at first but I enjoyed the story enough to suffer through it, and the voice became more tolerable over time. I really enjoyed the book and was thoroughly pleased with the ending.

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  • lpesch
  • 20-08-21

Great Book

Unpredictable ending. I couldn’t stop reading. Compelling characters. Not overly spooky. Just the right amount. Do not miss this read!!

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  • Lawrence Moffitt
  • 29-07-21

Complex, layered, worth the time

My first ever Sarah Denzil novel and my first ever haunted social media thriller. Kind of a new take on a group of strangers gathered in a spooky place. I can identify and sympathize with flawed protagonists if they’re well-drawn, as they are in this story. Excellent performance by Robyn Addison.