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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager|Book Review

I’ve adored all three of Riley Sager’s previous novels, so my expectations for Home Before Dark were pretty high. It’s safe to say they were met and then some. The novel centers on a woman named Maggie, who as a child lived in a historic home called Baneberry Hall. After living there for twenty days, her family fled and never returned. Her father then wrote a bestselling novel titled “House of Horrors” which detailed the haunting of the home. As an adult, Maggie considers the book to be complete BS. After her father’s death, she learns she has inherited Baneberry Hall and returns to the home, against her family’s wishes. Once arriving, though, she learns maybe her father’s novel wasn’t complete fiction after all…

I really liked how Home Before Dark was structured. The chapters alternate between Maggie in the current day and chapters from “House of Horrors”.  This allows the backstory to be fleshed out in a clever manner while also keeping the pace quick and keeping you hooked. I devoured this book in two sittings, and was genuinely creeped out by the story. Sager is exceptionally talented at crafting unique horror novels that are packed with twists and unexpected elements, and he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite current authors. I highly recommend picking this up if you’re looking for a spooky good time.

VERDICT: 5/5

One thought on “Home Before Dark by Riley Sager|Book Review

  1. I’ve heard of Riley Sager’s books but never paid that much attention to them, but this one sounds like it has a pretty cool premise. I like how it’s a different take on the ‘skeptic staying in haunted house’ trope that’s used a lot. I think I’d like to give it a try, great review. 🙂

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