Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Bells that ring themselves. Record players that turn on an play music to empty rooms. Ghosts that can climb out of wardrobes... Maggie Holt doesn't believe in these things, even though they are the details of the story that made her family famous. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved to Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent twenty days there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a horror memoir, House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with the malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity - and skepticism. Maggie has lived her life in the shadow of her father's book, so when she inherits Baneberry Hall after his death, she returns to renovate the house to prepare it for sale. However, her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in the 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 Ewan's book, she starts to wonder if what he wrote was more fact than fiction. Alternating between Maggie's uneasy homecoming and chapters from her father's book, this is the story of a house with long-buried secrets and a woman's quest to uncover them - even if the truth is far more terrifying than any haunting" --Publisher.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2020]
ISBN: 9781524745172
Branch Call Number: FIC SAGE
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 12, 2021

Really spooky. I’ve never read this author before. 5 stars!

Dec 24, 2020

While I'm not a huge fan of ghost stories this one reminded me a bit of A Turn of the Key by Ruth Were. I did enjoy it but I still have zero idea what the title has to do with the book!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 12, 2020

Another "is it horror or is it a mystery?" from Sager. The challenge is that at this point anyone who has read her books knows the answer. This particular plot well may be dry for this author at this point.

Sep 05, 2020

Absolutely loved it! Riley Sager just keeps getting better!

Aug 30, 2020

There was a time when horror, supernatural books were my favorite genre. Among the many haunting books I read was The Amityville Horror. I was a young mother with a husband who traveled for work back when I read The Amityville Horror. So when I read the preview for this novel and The Amityville Horror was mentioned I could not resist checking out this book so see how they compare.

Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall and goes home, she tells herself, to prepare the house for resale but really to get the answers to what happened twenty-five years before when her family fled in the middle of the night.

I liked the alternating chapters that lets the reader read chapters from Maggie's father's novel House of Horror and then read what is happening in Baneberry Hall now. The book is tightly written with the tension building and enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing. Not surprising are similarities to the events in Baneberry Hall twenty-five years before and what Maggie is experiencing now. There are even similarities to the events in the Amityville Horror

I know Maggie comes home for answers and that is what the author gives the reader in the end. I will not write about them because this is a book you do not want to know the ending in advance. Explaining the unknown seems to be common in this genre now taking away some of the terror the reader feels. This book did not scare me the way The Amityville Horror did. Is it because I am 40 years older? I don't know. I do know that while I was reading the Amityville Horror and my husband was out of town I had someone banging on my front door in the middle of the night. I went to the door with my husband's rifle and yelled through the door asking who it was and what they wanted. The person on the other side of the door said they were hurt and wanted to call for help. Back then in our rural area we did not have 911 services. I said I would call the sheriff's office and the individual could wait outside. About that time my daughter woke up and started yelling that there were shining eyes in her bedroom. I don't know what happened to the person. To my knowledge no one from the sheriff's office ever came. I told myself the shining eyes in my daughter's bedroom were reflections of a car's headlights. That is when I decided I needed to find a different genre to read when my husband was out of town. I remember jumping at strange noises in my house. That is my standard for a really great book in this genre. Home Before Dark did not scare me.

My daughter lives in Atlanta and also likes this genre. She has the book on hold. I am eager to hear her review.

Jul 07, 2020

5 outta 5 stars......e-book complete and fucking loved it....breezed by this book..no problem...Riley Sager with another great hit....future is bright for this author...lock every door now this....what's next who knows??? READ THIS I BEG YOU!!!!

Jul 05, 2020

Fantastic! I've loved Riley Sager since The Final Girls, and this is his best yet!


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