Home before dark [electronic resource] / Riley Sager.
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- ISBN: 9781524745189 (electronic bk)
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In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father's bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls? 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 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.
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
Maggie Holt's nearly lifelong nemesis is her father's best-seller, House of Horrors, the tell-all story of her family's haunting at Baneberry Hall. When Maggie was six, her family moved into the historical manor, unaware that the home's price was slashed because of a recent murder-suicide. After two weeks of supernatural events, including Maggie's alleged interactions with a malevolent spirit called Mister Shadow, serpents bursting from the walls, and the disappearance of the housekeeper's teenage daughter, the Holts fled, and Ewan Holt launched a writing career based on their haunting. But Maggie doesn't remember any of it, and she's convinced that House of Horrors is a complete lie. Despite her efforts to distance herself from the book, she remains the little girl tormented by Baneberry Hall's ghosts. So, when she unexpectedly inherits Baneberry Hall from her father, Maggie, now a house flipper, resolves to confront her buried past and prepare the house for sale herself. Another breathtaking hit from Sager, who's proven himself a master at crafting new twists on classic horror tales. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
Home Before Dark is the fourth thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley's first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two dozen countries and won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. Sager's subsequent novels, The Last Time I Lied and Lock Every Door, were New York Times bestsellers.
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