Book Review: ‘Home Before Dark’ Is The Next Thrilling Riley Sager Novel

I really like Riley Sager books. His last two The Last Time I Lied and Lock Every Door were awesome. Now he follows them up with a ghostly thriller Home Before Dark, which will have you on the edge of your seat. Is it a haunted mansion or a families imagination that drives them out of the house they have bought and not returned to for 25 years. If you’re like me you won’t be able to put the book down because you’re are on the edge of your seat, you want to know the truth much like our lead character of Maggie.

Maggie Holt was five years old when her family bought Baneberry Hall in Vermont. Before they bought it they learned some of the sorted history of the house. There had been murders over the years, including a double murder just a year ago. A father killed his little girl then himself. Still Ewan and Jess buy the house and move in with Maggie. Then the weirdness starts. Mysterious music plays every morning at the same time. Maggie has imaginary friends. A little girl is hurt during a sleepover. Past owners shocking stories of death. Snakes in the ceiling.

All this is enough to drive the family out of the house never to return. But Ewan, who is a writer, decided to write a book about their scant few weeks there. It became a huge success. Now 25 years later he has died and left everything he owns to Maggie including Baneberry Hall, which shocks her. She had no idea he still owned it. She never believed his book and it caused her live issues since the time it was published.

Now she plans on fixing up and selling the house. She’s not afraid to go there. As soon as she does strange things start to happen like in the book. Maybe her father did tell the truth (or some form of it). She starts talking to anyone she can find from that time to try and figure out what really happened. But there’s an old saying about letting sleeping does lie. Or as Jack Nicholson once said in a movie You Can’t Handle The Truth.

Once Maggie finally figures out the truth it may not actually be the truth. And her life is in jeopardy on more than once occasion. Will she learn the truth or die trying to figure it out?

You can find out for yourself when Home Before Dark is published on Tuesday, June 30th from Dutton.

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