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The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

The House Across the Lake

by Riley Sager

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Alcohol and binoculars are a potent pairing! Let the paranoia guide you through the latest chiller from Riley Sager.

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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 liquor, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple who live in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing—a tech innovator, Tom is rich; 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 is not as perfect and placid as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey becomes consumed with finding out what happened to her. In the process, she uncovers eerie, darker truths that turn a tale of voyeurism and suspicion into a story of guilt, obsession and how looks can be very deceiving.

With his trademark blend of sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy surprises, Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake unveils more than one twist that will shock readers until the very last page.

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Why I love it

They say there’s nothing new under the sun, but in The House Across the Lake, Riley Sager manages to put a fresh spin on nearly every facet of the thriller genre. At first glance, the premise may seem familiar—Sager serves up an unreliable narrator, a spooky setting, and a series of unsolved crimes—but readers will quickly learn that nothing is quite what it seems. Each chapter turns the kaleidoscope, obliterating our preconceived ideas and ensuring that the plot twists (and yes, there is more than one!) leave us stunned.

When Casey Fletcher—a washed-up, B-level actress—is exiled to her family’s remote lake house, she plans to drink herself into oblivion in an effort to forget the traumatic death of her beloved husband. But a harrowing encounter with the supermodel who vacations across the lake sets her on a collision course with the past. Toss in a sexy neighbor, an impending storm, and some serious Rear Window vibes, and The House Across the Lake is guaranteed to make you stay up way past your bedtime.

It’s no secret that Riley Sager has established himself as a master of psychological suspense, and his considerable talent is on full display in this riveting book. Ideal for fans of Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, and Alex Michaelides, The House Across the Lake is a deliciously unexpected and suspenseful thriller that makes the perfect summery read.

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Member ratings (16,004)

  • Amber B.

    Trafalgar , IN

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I loved this!! I can see why some people wouldn’t but I love that every book of his is very different! Keeps me guessing when I think I’ve figured it out! Can’t wait for his next one!!

  • Cindy V.

    Santa Fe , NM

    I’m again in awe of the excellent writing of Riley Sager! He can spin a tale like nobody’s business! This book was so good I couldn’t put it down. And just when you think you know, you don’t. Love it!

  • Bradley S.

    Pasadena, MD

    At first I thought this was just going to be a rip-off of Rear Window. I was like “This is #OverDone!!” But then the twist happened and I was like…. “????” - then I was invested! I really liked it!

  • Nicole S.

    Lochubuie, CO

    A completely different twist on a normal Sager novel. There were many times I was shocked. Kind of a quirky main character as well which was different. Such an interesting read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Erin C.

    Philadelphia, PA

    This wasn’t my favorite however the writing is top notch. Sager knows how to keep you entertained & wondering what’s going to happen next. Sager paints a picture that makes you feel like you’re there