Home Before Dark

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What to expect

‘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

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 . . .


One of . . .

Huff Post‘s “10 Of The Most Anticipated Book Releases Of June 2020” – Good Housekeeping‘s “The 35 Best Books of 2020 to Add to Your Reading List” – Travel + Leisure‘s “20 Most Anticipated Summer 2020 Books” – PopSugar‘s 17 Most Anticipated Summer Thrillers – Working Mother‘s “The 20 Most Anticipated Books of 2020” – Newsweek‘s 20 most anticipated summer reads – Publishers Weekly’s “Summer Reads 2020″ – BookPage‘s “2020 Most Anticipated Thrillers and Mysteries” – Today.com’s “16 highly anticipated summer reads” – The Star Tribune‘s “Great Escapes” summer reads – BookPage‘s “Private Eye July” – USA Today‘s”Summer reading guide: 20 new books you won’t want to miss” – CrimeReads “10 New Books Coming Out This Week” – Buzzfeed “17 New Thrillers That Will Keep Your Summer Exciting” – The Everygirl “30 Books That Should Be on Your Summer Reading List.”

(P) 2020 Penguin Random House Audio

Critics Review

  • Praise for Final Girls

  • Great . . . If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this

    Stephen King
  • Fantastic

    Whoopi Goldberg
  • A terrific read

    Karin Slaughter
  • Praise for Home Before Dark

  • Holy moly, I haven’t been that shocked by a twist in quite some time. I actually laughed aloud when the big reveal came-because I was so delighted to have been so fooled. It’s hard to write a book that’s equal parts fun and frightening but Sager has done just that-and thrown in impeccable plotting for good measure. If you liked The Haunting of Hill House, you’re going to love Home Before Dark. Addictive and atmospheric with a twist you definitely won’t see coming

    Stephanie Wrobel, author of, THE RECOVERY OF ROSE GOLD

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