Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark

Name - Home Before Dark

Reviews - 4.6/5

Pages - 432

By - Riley Sager


About Book Home Before Dark

“A haunted house story—with a twist….[Sager] {does not|doesn't} hold back”(Rolling Stone) in this chilling thriller from {the author|the writer|mcdougal} of Final Girls and Survive the Night.
Every house {has a|includes a|features a} story {to tell|to inform|to share with} and {a secret|a key} to share.

Twenty-five {years ago|years back}, Maggie Holt and her parents moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. Three weeks later they fled in the dead of night, an ordeal her father recounted in a memoir called House of Horrors.His story of supernatural happenings and malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Maggie was too young {to remember|to consider|to keep in mind} {any of the|the|some of the} horrific events that supposedly took place, and as {an adult|a grownup|a grown-up} she doesn't believe {a word|a phrase} of her father's claims. Ghosts, {after all|in the end|all things considered}, don't exist. When she inherits Baneberry Hall after his death and returns to renovate {the place|the area|the spot} and sell it, her homecoming is anything but warm. The locals aren't thrilled that their small town has been made infamous, and human characters with starring roles in House of Horrors are waiting in the shadows.
{Even more|Much more|A lot more} unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—{a place|a location|a spot} where unsettling whispers of {the past|yesteryear|days gone by} lurk around every corner. And as Maggie starts {to experience|to see|to have} strange occurrences ripped from the pages of her father's book, {the truth|the reality|the facts} she uncovers {about the|concerning the|in regards to the} house's dark history will challenge everything she believes.

 Editorial Reviews 

Sager's novel is packed with the expected horror-trope-tinged suspense, literary jump-scares, and more than one twist, but its best moments are the quiet ones exploring the history of the house.”
USA Today

“Something fresh, shot through with shocks of real horror.”
—New York Times Book Review

“[A] propulsive thriller . . . There are truly horrifying scenes. . . . Maggie soon learns what we already know: Real life is scarier than ghost stories.”
Washington Post

“Riley Sager reimagines the classic haunted house tale in Home Before Dark, a stunning tale that blends genres with the ease of a master painter mixing colors. . . . This is scintillating suspense writing, Sager leaving no stone unturned in crafting a page-turner of rare depth and complexity.”
The Providence Journal

“This spooky, surreal haunted-house story goes through plenty of twists at the end. . . . Sager has become one of my favorites for gothic stories that scare and make you think.”
The Parkersburg News & Sentinel

“You might believe in ghosts; you might not. But a story with a ghost inhabiting a creaky old house and haunting its new residents is simply irresistible. At least in the right hands, and Riley Sager’s definitely are the right hands. From the shadowy figures in the woods to the sounds that go bump in the night, Home Before Dark is certain to creep you out."

"Clever, twisty, and altogether spine-chilling . . . [A] deliciously terrifying story . . .You'll want to read this one after dark, ideally with the wind whistling in the eaves and a window banging somewhere just out of reach. But keep the light switch handy. You just might need it."
—Ruth Ware, Book of the Month

“Sager has laid out an exciting story that is hard to put down.”
New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Riley Sager is the pseudonymous author of five thrillers. Riley's first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two dozen countries and won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. Sager’s subsequent novels The Last Time I Lied, Lock Every Door, and Home Before Dark, which received the Crimson Scribe Award by Suspense Magazine, were New York Times bestsellers. His next novel, Survive the Night, is forthcoming in Summer 2021.