What was it like? Living in that house.
Home Before Dark is a gateway book for me for two reasons: 1. It’s my first introduction to Riley Sager, and now I am OBSESSED with his books; 2. It’s my intro into LOVING horror books. I have spent a great deal of my life afraid of the horror genre, due to a traumatic viewing of the original Carrie at an impressionable age. In my adult life, I read Carrie to try to rid myself of the deeply embedded fear of scary movies/books, but Home Before Dark was a more successful attempt. Now I’m hungry for more!
Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents moved into Baneberry Hill, a large Victorian-style home tucked away in the Vermont woods. They lasted three weeks before fleeing from the malevolent spirits residing in the house. Maggie’s father later wrote about their experience in a book called House of Horrors. The tale became a phenomenon to rival The Amityville Horror, but not everybody was impressed, particularly the locals. So, when Maggie returns to Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she receives a less than stellar welcome – from the townspeople and the house. Maggie doesn’t want to believe it, but was her father’s book true?
It’s the perfect time of year to dig into a spooky story! If you, like me, are apprehensive about horror, Home Before Dark is a great place to start! It’s a perfect balance between scary and suspense, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more!