Horror · Thriller

Book Review – Home Before Dark by Riley Sager #20booksofsummer20 #audiobookreview

Book Details
Genre: Horror
Series: None
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: 6/30/2020
Narrated By: Cady McClain & Jon Lindstrom

Goodreads Synopsis –

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.

My Opinion –

This book is a dark, creepy, mysterious read and I loved it!!

Maggie’s father passed away and she is shocked to learn that she has inherited the house she lived in as a child and fled from, with her family, twenty-five years ago! She didn’t even know he still owned the house that has haunted her for her entire life. She is a bit apprehensive, but she sees this as the perfect opportunity to find the answers to all of her unanswered questions.

I loved that this book is told in alternating time periods. One being present day narrated by Cady McClain and the other is narrated by Jon Lindstrom who is reading the best selling book her father wrote after fleeing the house with only the clothes on their backs.

This book is intense! It had me on the edge of my seat and completely immersed, so much so that I jumped when a door was closed in my house, not once but twice!

I thought this book could be an interesting audio read and oh boy was I right!

Never go back there.
It’s not safe there.
Not for you.

Other Riley Sager book I have read and reviewed:

Final Girls
Lock Every Door

*Book 8/20 in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge.

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