Home Before Dark by Riley Sager | Review

Home Before Dark| Riley Sager| Dutton BooksPub: June 30, 2020| Pages: 384

Riley Sager is one of those authors that I will just buy his books, no questions asked!

Riley Sager is such an amazing writer! He can easily bring spooky eerie vibes to a story! This book was fantastic! I’m usually not a fan of paranormal or ghost stories, but this one delivered! It includes all the makings of a horror story; a large, isolated creepy mansion with mysterious noises and music.

Maggie Holt seeks to solve the mystery of her past and the house her family used to live in. I loved that we got both Maggie’s POV in the present, and chapters from her father's book about the history of the house, and things that may have happened. Is the book fiction? Did her dad just want to make money? There are so many questions to be answered in this one!

If you want a dark and spooky thriller! This one is for you! Highly recommend!


What was it like? Living in that house.

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.


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