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 a rambling Victorian estate called Baneberry Hall. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a memoir called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon.
Now, Maggie has inherited Baneberry Hall after her father’s death. She was too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist.
But when she returns to Baneberry Hall to prepare it for sale, her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the pages of her father’s book lurk in the shadows, and locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself – a place that hints of dark deeds and unexplained happenings.
As the days pass, Maggie begins to believe that what her father wrote was more fact than fiction. That, either way, someone – or something – doesn’t want her here. And that she might be in danger all over again . . .
I think Riley Sager has definitely become one of my favourite authors-all the novels are beautifully creepy, really well plotted keeping them unpredictable and always always keep me up at night.
Home Before Dark might be my favourite yet, a ghost story within a mystery, but is there really something supernatural going on just nefarious human intentions..
As ever the author keeps you on your toes..offering many possibilities and creating a nerve wracking undertone to the story that does make you suddenly open your eyes into the darkness feeling like there might be someone there.
I loved it. Obviously I’m not going to tell you if there are spirits floating through the narrative or not but either way this is a haunting, clever story that put me in mind of Amityville.