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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

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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.

Alternating between Maggie’s uneasy homecoming and chapters from her father’s book, Home Before Dark 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.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published June 30, 2020 by Dutton Books

ISBN: 9781524745172

4 reviews for Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

  1. Chandra

    A book within a book is a hit or miss for me sometimes and it was a definite HIT for me in Home Before Dark. Combine that with some unreliable narrators, dual timelines and riveting pages that keep you flipping them until the wee hours…. and you get another winning book from Sager.

    How comfortable would you be about inheriting a house that was a part of your family, considered haunted and which your father’s famous book is about…. that can’t possibly be true? Old houses scare the begeezuz out of me but I also love that rush. I’m not entirely sure I could handle one by myself…. and Sager gives us some flesh crawling moments.

    “You are sixteen… going on…..” I cannot get this damn song out of my head now! Grrr

    Sager is an autobuy author and I am always thrilled to see a new book come out. Run thriller vibes along with some horror tones, and I am one happy girl. While ghost stories are hit or miss for me, I am always attracted to these reads. And if Sager write it, I’m gonna read it
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  2. KC

    I’m obsessed with Riley Sager, like so many of you, Home Before Dark was my most anticipated read of 2020. So even though I had three other books in progress I put them all out of the way for my #1
    This was my fourth Riley Sager book with the previous rated as followed:

    Lock Every Door ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(favorite of 2019 out of 90)

    Last Time I Lied ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Final Girls ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    In reading some reviews on Goodreads, prior to reading this, I feel as if some of the reviews contained spoilers. Because so many of you already want to read this I am keeping my review vague. 💚
    Sager fans best believe you won’t be disappointed. I absolutely loved the book especially the last half, this book did a fantastic job at keeping my attention throughout. 💚
    Home Before Dark is told from two point of views Maggie (our main character) and her father. This is done exceptionally well and is very easy to follow. You will be wondering where the truth lies, but I promise all questions will be answered. 💚
    Riley Sager does it again and it’s no surprise this is already being turned into movie. So many layers and creepiness through out this book I swear you are going to love it. Now I’m back to waiting for 2021 for Sager’s next one! 💚

  3. Amy

    Maggie and her parents moved into a supposedly haunted mansion and after only a few weeks, they left in the middle of the night and promised never to return! Her father ended up writing a book about their experiences they went through there. Maggie was too young to remember these events but even after reading her father’s book, she doesn’t believe a word of it.

    Shortly after Maggie’s father passed away, she found out she inherited the haunted mansion. She doesn’t want to keep the house though, she wants to fix it up and sell it. While doing so, she also wants to find out what happened the night her family left without any of their belongings and promised never to go back there again!

    I loved the way this story was told, alternating between past (chapters of Maggie’s fathers book) and present, Maggie trying to figure out what happened 25 years ago. It had some pretty solid twists that I didn’t see coming which made for a very entertaining read.

  4. Yolanda Skeete

    Do you like ghost stories? I do. I do. I do.

    To set the perfect mood for this book, I read it in total darkness, only with a little book light on. I love the creepy vibe I get from reading a good ghost story.

    Home Before Dark follows a family who flees their home in the middle of the night never to return again. Following this event, the father writes a bestselling book called The House of Horrors, which retells their experience living in their haunted house.
    Years later after her father’s death, Maggie is shocked to find out the the house is still in their possession. Curious to uncover the truth about the book, Maggie decides to visit the house although she’s been warned to stay away from it.

    I loved reading the parts when we learn about the supernatural elements and spirits that were present in this home. The Ouija board game and the other ways the characters try to communicate with the spirits gave me major chills.

    I was a big fan of Lock Every Door so when my bookclub chose Home Before Dark as our July pick I obviously had to join!

    Once again, Sager delivers another heart pounding thriller.

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