Home Before Dark
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.
I must admit that this is the first book from Mr. Sager where I did not devour it in a couple of days. Which surprised me as I was really in the mood for a good old fashion ghost story. Yet, there was nothing "scary" about this book. It did not give me goose bumps or nightmares.
In addition, I found the main protagonist not that interesting. The snippets from the past were lite gold nuggets. It was these small passages of what the family endured while living in the house as well as what the house was all about that I found intriguing. While, the present was dull.
If felt like there was not enough build up to those moments of "evil" surrounding the house that I missed the most. The ending left me feeling like Switzerland. I was neutral on whether I liked or did not like the ending. Here is hoping that the next book strikes a home run with me.