Book: Home Before Dark
Author: Riley Sager
My rating: 5 chilling stars
Hey bookworms! Remember a few weeks ago when I posted a list of books I had read on vacation? Well, I went on vacation. Anyone wanna guess if I’m reading one of my vacation reads? Hint: I didn’t. If you know me, that doesn’t shock you. But I read Home Before Dark and it was captivating!
I feel very privileged to not be a car sick person, which means long car trips are IDEAL for reading. And Home Before Dark was such a page-turner that I started it in the morning at Sequoia National Park, California, and finished it shortly before arriving in Flagstaff, Arizona tonight. -the. I was sucked into the mystery so quickly and I just couldn’t let go.
It’s a spin on the classic haunted house story. Reminiscent of Amityville Horror, this story follows Maggie, the adult daughter of a family who spent 20 days living in a haunted house before abandoning it in the middle of the night as a child. I found it fascinating to think about how using this story to generate fame would affect a child. And it was told in the present, but all the other chapters were an excerpt from his father’s book about their experiences. The really tricky part is that as a reader, I was never entirely sure if her father’s book was fact or fiction. On top of that, there was an even bigger mystery than whether or not her family had been haunted. I’m not going to spoil anything for you, so you’ll just have to read the book to experience all the twists and turns for yourself.
I thought Maggie was a great main character and felt her desperate need to find out the truth. Although there are quite a few other characters in the book, none of them are developed in depth. So, it’s a good thing I loved Maggie, otherwise everything would have fallen flat for me. I thought the story was a typical haunted house tale, but told in such a quirky way that it felt really fresh. There were so many twists and turns that I never thought I had solved the mystery. I was really shocked by one of the last big reveals towards the end.
I’m so glad I read this on a day when I could devour it in one sitting. Because honestly, I don’t know how I would have put the book down, each chapter makes you want more. There are no good stopping points. So, I highly recommend it. But beware, once you get started, you won’t want to stop until the last page.
Krystle Goodman is a cat freak, who loves drinking exorbitant amounts of coffee and reading a shocking amount of books. She lives in Benton with her husband Josh, her son Roman and their two cats Roxanne and Abby. When she’s not reading, you’ll find her cooking, painting, or watching real crime shows. Watch for Krystle’s book reviews every other Friday. Send a fanmail to: [email protected]
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