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Home Before Dark: A Novel de Riley Sager
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Home Before Dark: A Novel (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Riley Sager (Autor)

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Títol:Home Before Dark: A Novel
Autors:Riley Sager (Autor)
Informació:Dutton (2020), 400 pages
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Etiquetes:fiction, thrillers, horror, haunted houses, ghost stories, Vermont, family secrets

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Home Before Dark de Riley Sager (2020)

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I freaking *LOVED* this book so much. A book within a book? The protagonist goes to a haunted mansion alone after her father dies?

Seriously, this book gave me everything. Twists, turns, heart attacks (almost). I LOVED it. I think this was Sagers best, in my opinion.

BTW, this book GLOWS IN THE DARK so you've been warned. I didn't realize this and I was up late reading till 1am when I thought the book had a life of it's own and it freaked me OUT. ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
There's really only so many plot twists one book can have. This one goes about 4 twists too far.

This is a bad mystery book, if you can't solve the mystery as the reader, it's a bad mystery book. That being said, it's a good suspense book and I still enjoyed my time with it. ( )
  shotagofish | May 3, 2021 |
I have mixed emotions about this book. After his other three books, I had high expectations. Spooky suspense is one of my favorite genres and I was a little disappointed with this one. It just felt like he borrowed too much from other popular movies and books. For example, the armoire scenes were highly similar to The Conjuring and the plot as a whole was too similar to The Haunting of Hill House series, based on the Shirley Jackson novel. It was written very well and I liked the flashbacks from the novel to current day. It just felt too similar to other works and the ending was totally disappointing as well. ( )
  amyghilton | Apr 7, 2021 |
Finally! a creepy book that actually gave me the chills and thrills! (I may have been desensitized to this due to watching horror movies at a young age) I loved the mood and atmosphere this book gave. It had all the elements of a good horror thriller and the plot was so engrossing it was hard to put down.

The plot itself bounces back from Ewan and Maggie. Their point of views keep you guessing on the origins of the house and the haunting. Naturally, Ewan's point of view is so good and the most creepiest. The mystery surrounding the house is good and the climax of the plot is well done.

Character wise, none really stand out and they're there to keep the plot moving. The ending does give off a bit of a feeling of frustration as it could all have been avoided (trying to keep it spoiler free here!) but because it's so well written with the mood, the setting, and the creep factor it's forgivable.

Definitely pick this up for a good haunted house read. It'll keep you turning the pages and maybe jump at things that go bump in the night. ( )
  sensitivemuse | Mar 31, 2021 |
I've read all of Riley Sager's books so far, so when I saw that he had released Home Before Dark, I knew I had to read that book too. While it wasn't Sager's best work, I still enjoyed reading it.

After Maggie's father dies, she inherits Baneberry Hall, a place Maggie and her family escaped many years ago when she was 5 years old. Maggie's father has written a best seller about their stay in Baneberry Hall, but Maggie doesn't believe it. However, when she returns to Baneberry Hall, strange things start happening...things that Maggie's father wrote about in the book. Could it be ghosts or is Maggie just imagining things?

The plot of Home Before Dark is certainly intriguing. However, the first three quarters of the book were a bit too slow of a pace for my liking. I only kept reading because I was hoping the book would get better. My patience was rewarded in the last quarter of Home Before Dark when the pacing sped up, and I couldn't put this book down. I kept trying to figure out if Maggie was experiencing a haunting and who the ghosts could be. Home Before Dark has a great plot twist (that I didn't see coming). Even its plot twist had a plot twist which was exciting! I also thought it was pretty cool how Home Before Dark reads as two books since we get to read the book Maggie's father wrote as well as what is happening to Maggie in the here and now. Both stories flow together smoothly. At the end of the book, my jaw was left on the floor after what all had happened. All loose ends are tied up nicely, and there are no cliffhangers.

I enjoyed the characters in Home Before Dark. Each character was fleshed out well and had enough backstory where it was easy to picture each individual one. I enjoyed reading about Maggie. Her skepticism was a nice touch, and her thought process was interesting. I could totally relate with her wanting to know if her father's book was actually true and wanting to find out the mystery of why her family actually left Banebury Hall when she was 5 without taking any belongings. I also loved reading about Maggie's father and her mother Jess through Maggie's father's book. (I felt like their story was a bit more interesting than Maggie's.) I get why they did what they did many years ago even if I didn't agree with what they did.

Trigger warnings for Home Before Dark include violence, death, murder, talks of suicide, attempted murder, some profanity, and the occult.

Although Home Before Dark starts out slow, it definitely makes up for it towards the end. With an intriguing plot and well written characters, Home Before Dark is a book worth reading. I would recommend Home Before Dark by Riley Sager to those aged 16+ who are after a creepy thrilling read. ( )
  khal_khaleesi | Mar 26, 2021 |
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