Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents moved into Baneberry Hall, a huge Victorian estate located in remote Vermont. Baneberry came with its own dark history before her family ever arrived. They spent three weeks there, before fleeing in the dead of night. Maggie’s father decided to recount their terrifying ordeal in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. It became an instant best seller, and proceeded to follow Maggie for the rest of her life. Maggie doesn’t remember any of the events in House of Horrors being that she was only five at the time. She also doesn’t believe that any of it actually happened, because obviously ghosts aren’t real. So when she inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she makes the decision to remodel and sell the house, but not before she learns its secrets and discovers the truth for herself.
This is my second Riley Sager novel. I read Final Girls last year around Halloween, which was perfect for that time of year. When I saw that Home Before Dark was available as a choice for Book of the Month, I picked it right away. I love haunted house stories, and I love how meticulously planned out all the details are in Riley Sager’s novels. There are a bunch of big discoveries, like any true horror novel, and I only saw one of them coming which is pretty great.
Maggie is a great narrator, she’s smart and her story is compelling. The chapters from her father’s book alternate with the current storyline which helps to add context Maggie’s discoveries and amp up the drama. I don’t want to give too many details away, since I think with books like Home Before Dark the less you know the better.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, it’s entertaining and definitely a great book if you are looking to get into the Halloween spirit.