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Named a most anticipated summer book by USA Today, People, E! News, Cosmopolitan, PureWow, CNN.com, New York Post, CrimeReads, POPSUGAR, and more
The bestselling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night is back with his “best plot twist yet.” (People, "Best Summer Books")
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.
The setup of Rear Window serves as the framework for this outstanding novel of suspense from bestseller Sager (Survive the Night). Actor Casey Fletcher has become an alcoholic in the wake of the recent death of her screenwriter husband, who slipped out one morning to go fishing at their vacation home on Vermont's Lake Greene, fell into the water, and drowned. After Casey is fired from her latest Broadway role for showing up drunk for a performance, she returns to the Vermont house. One day, while on her third or maybe fourth bourbon, Casey spots someone who may be drowning in the middle of the lake. She jumps into her motorboat and rescues a neighbor, former supermodel Katherine Royce. The grateful celebrity befriends her savior, who soon becomes convinced that Katherine's life remains at risk. While spying on Katherine's home, Casey comes to suspect that Katherine's husband is plotting to murder her. Sager brilliantly misdirects readers while playing fair with them. Newcomers and fans both will be eager to see what he pulls off in his next book. Agent: Michelle Brower, Trellis Literary.
I enjoyed this book. Sager is a favorite author of mine and my expectations were met. I enjoyed the multiple twists and plot lines but felt like the final twist was a bit weird as it was a complete shift in genre. Overall, I would recommend reading it. It kept me on my toes!!
I LOVED IT!! Now I’m a picky reader when it comes to mystery books but this one is amazing! My new favorite mystery book!!! The way it was written is confusing at first but the more you read the more it starts making sense, the more you simply can’t put it down. I would recommend you bookmark the “NOW” sections of the books because they will help you piece everything together. When I thought the twists and turns finally stopped… the biggest one happened, the one Casey has suspected from the beginning !!!! Everyone needs to read this book!!!
A Subplot Gone Amuck
It might have worked as an interesting, engrossing thriller….MIGHT HAVE….
Evil living in the murky depths of a lakeside getaway is one thing…Having that evil take over the dying essence of a drowning person and then incorporating that subplot into the main narrative was just incredible to me and totally ruined the potential for intrigue. No “Rear Window” here!