Well, this was a very disappointing read, and a generous 3-star rating. I am such a huge fan of Riley Sager, but this book…I think we have to talk about this book in two sections because they were two completely different things.
The first half of the book is completely a The Woman in the Window story. I mean drunk woman, unreliable narrator, binoculars to spy on neighbors, secrets untold…It’s the same story, and I just wasn’t interested in it. I was a bit tired of the drink, spy, phone call, pass out, and repeat story line (TBH I felt the same way with The Woman in the Window).
But then, the story takes a new, and surprising turn in the second half…It didn’t get better though.
I thought the second half was a crazy storyline, that didn’t mesh well with the first half. I would have liked an entire story that truly melded well surrounding the second half, but the book felt like two different stories stuck together. There were some twists at the end, and I enjoyed them, but it was all just a bit over the top.
I will be picking up whatever Sager writes next, but I certainly hope we get more Home Before Dark vibes and less of this next time.
Where to Find This Book:
It looks like a familiar story: A woman reeling from a great loss with too much time on her hands and too much booze in her glass watches her neighbors, sees things she shouldn’t see, and starts to suspect the worst. But looks can be deceiving…
Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of liquor, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake.
Everything about the Royces seems perfect. Their marriage. Their house. The bucolic lake it sits beside. But when Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her. In the process, she discovers the darker truths lurking just beneath the surface of the Royces’ picture-perfect marriage. Truths no suspicious voyeur could begin to imagine–even with a few drinks under her belt.
Like Casey, you’ll think you know where this story is headed.
Because once you open the door to obsession, you never know what you might find on the other side.
Just the Facts:
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
Pub Date: June 21, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.