Home Before Dark

“Every house has a story to tell and a secret to share.”

Thank you Dutton Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Riley Sager’s most anticipated new novel, HOME BEFORE DARK. 

“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.”

Well… this book is going to be a top contender for my favorite book of the year. It is definitely, hands down, my favorite Riley Sager book. His writing and storytelling get better and better with each novel that he writes. 

I went into this book thinking that it would likely be fantastic and that I would likely be raving about it after I finished reading it. However, I had NO idea how much I would enjoy reading this book. Let me back up.. when I say ‘enjoy’, I don’t mean that this was a fun and light book to read – I meant that I enjoyed it but that it scared the daylights out of me. I actually couldn’t read it before bed because it had me so on edge. 

I loved how Sager crafted this book to flip between the current time with Maggie Holt as she returns to Baneberry Hall and segments from the novel that her father wrote, House of Horrors. It gave the book that much more of a sinister feel as I read along with what her father wrote had occurred to their family while living in Baneberry. How Maggie dared to return to that house is completely beyond me. 

I can’t praise this novel enough. The twist was mind-blowing and left me speechless. After finishing HOME BEFORE DARK, I read that the movie rights were acquired by the producers of Stranger Things and I am ecstatic. It will be a phenomenal movie and will probably still terrify me even though I know what to expect. The storyline is THAT good. 

Add this to your reading list, pre-order it; do whatever you need to do to make sure that you read Sager’s newest novel when it’s released over the summer. 

Thank you Dutton Books and Riley Sager for the opportunity to read this book before its release date. 

HOME BEFORE DARK will be published on June 30, 2020, and is available to pre-order now!

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