Guest Post and Review: Home Before Dark

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By Riley Sager
409 pages
Published June 30, 2020
Dutton Books
Source: Book of the Month purchase

About the Book:

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.

This is a guest post on my blog--but still counts as a Palmer's Page Turners review because it was written by my husband--Isaac Palmer! He's really gotten into Riley Sager books this summer, and wrote this fantastic review. We both loved this creepy, don't read with the lights off thriller! Here's his full review:

This is the third of the Riley Sager books I have read.  Every time I am left in absolute amazement at how well written these books are.  This booked gripped me right out of the gate.  It gave me the level of fear, anxiety, mystery and wonder that I feel a thriller should.  As I would finish one chapter I had to keep going because “I had to know what happened next”!!!

One recommendation I do have though, if you have a very active imagination… do not read this before going to bed…. You might not sleep that night.  Both my wife and I figured this out.  The book painted such a portrait that I could almost feel exactly the terror/fear that the characters were feeling through out the book.  It was fantastic!!!

I would definitely recommend reading this book though… during the day time… with the lights on… unless you really enjoy feeling creeped out (in a good way).  Also best read when listening to the Sound of Music sound track. Enjoy…!

Photo by Isaac Palmer


  1. Your husband has great taste. I really enjoyed this one too, though I'm curious which of Sager's books is his favorite so far. I still have Final Girls to read.

    1. I asked him and he said, in order: Home Before Dark, The Last Time I Lied, Lock Every Door. He's currently reading Final Girls (I have to read FG still too)


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