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Publisher's Summary

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 a rambling Victorian estate called Baneberry Hall. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a memoir called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon.

Now, Maggie has inherited Baneberry Hall after her father's death. She was too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father's book. But she doesn't believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don't exist.

But when she returns to Baneberry Hall to prepare it for sale, her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the pages of her father's book lurk in the shadows, and locals aren't thrilled that their small town has been made infamous. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself - a place that hints of dark deeds and unexplained happenings. 

As the days pass, Maggie begins to believe that what her father wrote was more fact than fiction. That either way, someone - or something - doesn't want her here. And that she might be in danger all over again....
 

The instant New York Times best seller.

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©2020 Riley Sager (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Clever, twisty, and altogether spine-chilling.... [A] deliciously terrifying story.... You'll want to read this one after dark, ideally with the wind whistling in the eaves and a window banging somewhere just out of reach. But keep the light switch handy. You just might need it." (Ruth Ware, Book of the Month)

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If you liked Haunting of Hill House you'll love

this novel. I wished it went longer that's my only complaint but I so enjoyed the way the novel was crafted. I had chills, it was emotional and provocative at times and I really want to hit play on chapter 1 right after finishing the book. I think it's the best book I've listened to this year and I'll be snooping through the other titles the author has written because this was so enjoyable.

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more twists than an old rope

Absolutely loved it. Wish it was a movie aswell! Will not be the only time I listen to it.

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Mediocre attempt at a ghost story… Skip

A bland, sordid melange of Shirley Jackson’s works of horror and mystery. The author is a male, and fails to capture the lead characters angst, emotion and compassion. The book could’ve been so much better had the author packed more punch with character development. Why was there a ouija board being used by a character with 0 belief in ghosts? It’s just bad and nonsensical. The parents were laughable and belligerent. The flow was off.

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Fabulous!

What a great story filled with plot twists and mystery. It didn't take me long to finish this audio book! :)

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Amazing!!!

Awesome stuff love it all the way and it just got better and better.
Verry well narrated :)

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Overrated

I did not finish this - left it with an hour to go. Which gives an indication of the underwhelming stakes and level of investment in the characters. It's an intriguing idea and structure but that's the end of it. It just wasn't scary and it isn't a supernatural horror, making it feel like bait and switch advertising. Also, there's an irritating use of cancer in a character's death, which so many writers overuse as a lazy way to insert exposition.

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Interesting ghost story

I was happily surprised with this story. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but it certainly kept me interested. It really had me guessing all the way through which is what a great story should do. The characters were fine. I found Maggie to be a pretty selfish character actually and preferred her father’s story and the male narrator. But all in all, it was a pleasant surprise and enjoyable.

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Surprising ending

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have never listened to this genre before and was very pleased.

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Loved the book!

The narrators were great. Could easily understand whose character was which. The book had an interesting twist at the end and kept me hook through out the listen! I definitely Recommend the book!

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  • AJ
  • 29-10-2020

Haunted house done right

After reading amazing reviews, I finally got this audiobook and wow it did not disappoint. I finished this audiobook soon after watching The Haunting of Hill House and it reminded me of it in a good way. Riley Sager adds another feather to his cap!

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  • 04-08-2021

Just say wardrobe!!!

I’ll keep this brief. The story is weak, dull, and full of tropes. The author also found it necessary to write “armoire” at every available opportunity. It was so frequent that I ended up getting irritated as it’s use came across as pretentious.

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  • 02-05-2022

a tedious ghost story

a tedious ghost story which says it all really but audible will not accept concise reviews so these extra words are added.

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  • 26-11-2021

Love the twists & turns, very unpredictable!

I thought many times listening to this i would know where the story was going however it is unpredictable and such a good story. Recommend 10/10

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  • 04-09-2021

another great book

kept me guessing till the very end. riley sager did it again! on to the next one!

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  • 26-08-2021

gripping story

a very enjoyable haunted house story with a good twist or two. would recommend giving it a read.

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  • Mr. P. Hagerty
  • 29-07-2021

ghost story with a twist

1st book from this author for me, loved it, will get more, hooked from the start, wow what an ending

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  • 26-06-2021

Excellent

Loved this book! It gives a really interesting twist on the normal haunted house genre.
Excellent narration and I’ll definitely be getting more from this author.

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  • 24-10-2020

Disenchanting....

I must make it clear that I did throughly enjoy this novel - however, I would define it more as a thriller.

In my opinion, the most chilling part of the book was when the child psychologist suggested leaving an unsupervised child in a waiting room eating a lolly!

All in all it was a pleasant read, as was the narration. I would certainly read other novel’s written by Riley Sager.

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  • 30-09-2020

Every cliche going...

This book has so much going for it but it just can’t deliver. Hardly a surprise given that it hits every horror trope you’ve ever heard... then promptly does nothing, or the expected with them. There are literally so many ‘borrowed’ plot ideas here that at one point I thought I was reading it wrong. Is it an homage to horror stories everywhere perhaps? If so, why doesn’t the author add anything original to them? Awful.

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  • 09-08-2022

Interesting twist

A semi-creepy book that took a little while to get into, but, once it got going, the story was quite intriguing. The main character’s pigheadedness was not too much, considering the circumstances, and she herself was not, as many women tend to be in this kind of book, flimsy and somewhat annoying.

I didn’t see the twist coming and was quite shocked to hear the story unfold - an unexpected (and bewildering) pleasure.

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