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REVIEW CONTINUED IN COMMENTS What was it like? Living in that house. Maggie Hol…

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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.
I absolutely love a good ghost story. I think haunted houses and stories based on them are great and so gripping. This was certainly no different. I loved seeing the cynical Maggie being lured into the mystery of Baneberry Hall. The history of the house was interesting itself. I loved reading about the different people who had lived there and their stories. I found the book to be so easy to read and the story was incredibly addictive- I didn’t want to put it down. I connected easily with the characters and felt invested in their story. The ending completely let it down, for me. I was quite disappointed. I had seen the ending coming for a bit towards the end but I hoped I was wrong. I genuinely just wanted the book to go one way and it went another. I guess it was personal taste, many people would prefer the way it did end.

1 thought on “REVIEW CONTINUED IN COMMENTS What was it like? Living in that house. Maggie Hol…

  1. I would still definitely recommend it. The story was written so well and completely drew me in from the very start. Sager rarely disappoints, I just would have loved if this ended differently! Lock Every Door is still my favourite Sager book 🥰

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