• Rachel Penate

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Swooping in with another buzzy, time-devouring, I-don't-care-what-my-responsibilities-are-I'm-finishing-the-dang-book is the king of contemporary twisty thrillers: RILEY SAGER.⁣⁣


UGH. OK. YES. FINE! You can add me to Riley Sager's fan club list... I'll allow it. His books have never failed to entertain me and I'll keep coming back for more!⁣⁣


HOME BEFORE DARK is no stranger to Sager's three other suspenseful stories. While I loved many aspects of this book - including its gothic setting, utterly satisfying ending, and easy-to-devour prose - there was quite a bit I struggled with. Out of all of his books, HOME BEFORE DARK was the slowest and most repetitive. While I love a slow build, I found myself fatigued in places the momentum should've built. In addition, I struggle at times with stereotypical main characters who are motivated and simultaneously haunted by their tortured past. While I'm all about strong characters who overcome adversity, this is a thriller trope I've come to abhor. ⁣⁣


That all being said, this was a ★★★★ read for me and one I'd recommend if you're in the mood for a quick and easy twisty thriller with an unexpected ending.⁣⁣


SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: unexpected death of a parent and child, paranormal events, childhood trauma. ⁣⁣

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