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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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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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  • L. Sheppard
  • 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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  • the typist
  • 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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  • clefairy
  • 30-11-2020

Bland story with an excellent voice over cast

I'll start off with saying I've always been really good at picking up on patterns and figuring out the ending very early on. It turns out a dose of ADHD and autism will do that to you (only recently diagnosed in my 30s). It always intrigued me how people don't see what's coming.

Spite the predictability I still love to read and enjoy the journey. it's exciting to see how characters will get to a point. This is my fourth Riley Sager book, and I've enjoyed them tremendously...except this one. It felt forced and boring at points and the bits I usually love in Sager's books is just missing here.

Saying that the cast we're really good and I'll be searching more audio books read by them. If your a fan of Sager give it a read, there's still some fun in it but otherwise there's better books with the same premise.

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  • SandraL
  • 04-11-2020

Not as scary as I'd hoped!

This was my 2020 Halloween read, and the first book I have read/listened to by Riley Sager.

It is a book within a book haunted house story which reminded me at times of The Haunting of Hill House. I enjoyed the alternating POV between Maggie in the present, and her dad in the past. The house, Baneberry Hall, was wonderfully creepy with a tragic past, and there were plenty of things which went bump in the night. But for me the book wasn't properly scary, though it was well written, entertaining and I didn't guess the twist.

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