PUBLICATION DATE: June 30th, 2020
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Thank you to Dutton for the eARC of this book via NetGalley and to Penguin Random House Canada for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
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?
Wow! Another addictive, amazing, MUST READ novel by Riley Sager. I have read and LOVED all of his previous novels and this book did NOT disappoint! I was thrilled when I learned he was coming out with another novel, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy to read! SO of course as soon as I received a copy of this book I began straight away!
Can we just take a few moments to admire the beauty (and creepiness!) of this book cover!! I absolutely LOVE it. P.S. The hardcover copy of the book actually glows in the dark! Super creepy right!? I love it!! How eerie and creepy the cover is only adds to the creepiness of the novel, and fits perfectly with the storyline.
I loved reading about all that went on in Baneberry hall. Not only do we get to read chapters here and there of the book “House of Horrors” that Ewan wrote about the time he and his family lived in Baneberry Hall, but we also get to compare the stories he recounts in his novel to the experience Maggie has now that she moved into the house all these years ago and was skeptical about the stories he wrote. Afterall, she has no memory of any of the events he talks about in his book actually taking place.
Strange and creepy, unexplainable things begin happening and they were so creepy to read about and I absolutely loved reading about them. I cannot imagine living in a house like this and having all of those strange things happening.
Maggie was a very likeable character and I loved reading about her life and her braveness to move into the house and get it ready for resale. She uncovers and discovers a lot of things while staying in the house and begins to learn that maybe not everything her father said and wrote about in his book was made up but actual truth. Many shocking revelations and discoveries are to be had in this house.
All the stars for this addictive and creepy book and I cannot recommend this book enough! You need to grab your own copy of this book today! You’ll love it!
Way to go Riley Sager! I cannot wait to see what book you come out with next! I’ll definitely be waiting for it!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars