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Home Before Dark

(2020)
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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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Houses breathe. Some have a heartbeat. None forget. Grabbing you from the first page, Riley Sager crafts a devilish plot, twisted timelines, and horrors that linger in this haunting thriller that needs to be on your reading list!" - J D Barker

"What could be better than a haunted house with ghosts aplenty? Home Before Dark is equally superb and terrifying. Buckle up for a wild ride. This book should come with a warning not to be read after dark." - Mary Kubica

"Flawless pacing, a dexterous dual narrative, and character through the roof. But the biggest revelation to be found in Home Before Dark is this: There’s nobody writing scarier books than Riley Sager is right now." - Josh Malerman


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Hardback Editions

July 2020 : USA Library Binding

Title: Home Before Dark
Author(s): Riley Sager
ISBN: 1-4328-8047-0 / 978-1-4328-8047-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Home Before Dark: A Novel
Author(s): Riley Sager
ISBN: 1-5247-4517-0 / 978-1-5247-4517-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

July 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: Home Before Dark
Author(s): Riley Sager
ISBN: 1-5293-5823-X / 978-1-5293-5823-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Home Before Dark: A Novel
Author(s): Riley Sager
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Home Before Dark: A Novel
Author(s): Riley Sager
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2020 : Australia Kindle edition

Title: Home Before Dark
Author(s): Riley Sager
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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June 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Home Before Dark: A Novel
Author(s): Riley Sager
Publisher: Dutton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA