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Home Before Dark: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Riley Sager

Narrated By: Jon Lindstrom, Cady Mcclain

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2020

Duration: 11 hours 4 minutes



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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.

Alternating between Maggie’s uneasy homecoming and chapters from her father’s book, Home Before Dark is the story of a house with long-buried secrets and a woman’s quest to uncover them—even if the truth is far more terrifying than any haunting.


  • craig specht

    this was awesome, I really enjoyed this book. The narrators did a great job.

  • Nicole Dunton

    About: Maggie has spent her whole life being teased and taunted or treated differently because of a book that her father wrote when she was little. One that she finally read and came to believe was completely false. She spent the rest of her childhood trying to figure out why her parents would lie and say that it was a true story. When her father dies, she finds out that he never sold the house that the book referenced. She takes it as an opportunity to finally get the answers she has asked for all her life. Plot: This was so inventive! I really loved how there were parts in Maggie's point of view and then parts that were part of the book referenced in Maggie's parts. It was so creative. It was almost like I was reading two books at one time. I was definitely on edge for most of this book. I'm not even going to lie! To add to it all, I got the bright idea to start reading this right at night! Characters: I really adore Maggie in this. She was just so determined. I get vibes that she may be a lesbian. I'm not sure. I would have liked to see a suspicion that I had in the book confirmed. I will just accept that I might be wrong. The mother was kind of a nightmare, but I get why she was the way she was. The rest of the characters played more in the background than anything. Some were hilarious though! Narration: This book was narrated by Cady McClain and Jon Lindstrom. I didn't listen to the full book in audiobook. I read a big chunk of it at work. But these narrators were really awesome. Jon was so authentic sounding that I felt like I was actually there in the story that was being woven! It was spooky! Suggestions: I'd of liked to see how she goes about her life in the end and to see some loose ends tied up. Other than that, nothing. Recommend: Yes! Be prepared to expect the unexpected.

  • Anonymous

    It was a struggle to finish this book.

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