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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It has been a while since I posted on my actual website but this book needed more than just a tiny blurb in Instagram. It is officially spooky season, so of course I have no choice but to read as many books as possible that will get me in the spooky mood! This book checked off all the boxes for me! A mysterious past, a haunted house, a murder, and a woman trying to figure out the truth about her past. Was the book her father wrote about their house fact or fiction? Was there something more sinister at hand? There were so many questions I had right from the beginning and Sager answered them all. So, let’s get into this review!

The book itself is written from two different perspectives…Ewan’s (the father) and Maggie (the grown up daughter). Ewan’s part of the book tells you what happened in the time the family was living in the house. In fact it seems like these parts of the book are just excerpts of the book that he wrote chronicling his experiences. Maggie’s parts focus primarily on her going back to the house once her father died and trying to prove that everything in her father’s book was crap…unfortunately for her there is a lot of truth to what happened in her childhood home…hidden cemetery and all. This is one of the things that I loved the most, the chapters echoed each other. You would read something by Ewan and then Maggie would find the things he mentioned in his chapter making you question what the truth is. Was the house really haunted? Are the ghosts from Ewan’s chapters real? And then when you find out about the truth in the kitchen…Well, I don’t want to spoil anything but that left me in shock!

The characters themselves were very interesting! You could see that Ewan genuinely loved his family and really was trying to protect them. Maggie on the other hand was less likable for me. I understood why she was acting the way she did, but she just came off like a spoiled kid at times. But she was also dealing with a lot of trauma so I kind of get it. I did like that there were moments where she was headstrong enough to run towards the ghosts instead of away. Seriously, If I was alone in a house where I knew tons of people died I would “nope” right out of there. Or I would at least make sure I wasn’t alone in that house.

Overall, this book had me hooked! I could not put the book down because I needed to know the truth. Little did I know that the truth was going to be a lot more twisted than I thought it would be. If you are looking for a book about haunted houses and ghosts you absolutely need to pick this one up. You are not going to be disappointed at all!

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