The House Across the Lake, Riley Sager

A house sits on the edge of the water at night. It's numerous windows are lit up. The title is in yellow over the picture.

This is well reviewed, so I will make this review fairly short. The House Across the Lake turned a bit bizarre, and that totally worked here. When you thought things might resolve, he threw the reader for a few surprising loops.

If I had any issues, it was the sheer amount of time we spent watching Casey drink. We can understand she’s an alcoholic without the constant obsession, which felt like filler.

In the previous books by Sager I have read, he wrote unlikable characters with little redemption. But this was the opposite, and I enjoyed all the characters to some degree. Historically, he always walks a fine supernatural line. The directions he took with this one were a surprise because it felt like he stepped out of what was typical. I really enjoyed this one, and I think other readers will too.

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Be careful what you watch for . . .

Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing—a tech innovator, Tom is powerful; and a former model, Katherine is gorgeous.

One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other—and the longer Casey watches—it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage isn’t as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn’t realize is that there’s more to the story than meets the eye—and that shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.
Packed with sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy plot twists, Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake is the ultimate escapist read . . . no lake house required.

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