The House Across the Lake

Books on Tape. Jun. 2022. 11:04 hrs. ISBN 9780593585269. $95. THRILLER
Sager (Home Before Dark) pens another tense, fast-paced psychological thriller with his signature twist ending. Troubled actress Casey Fletcher escapes to her family’s cabin on Lake Green in Vermont to recover from a drinking problem following the death of her husband. Trying to keep busy, Casey spies on the house across the lake with binoculars where tech innovator Tom and former supermodel Katherine live. One day, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, starting a friendship and getting Casey tangled in a web of murder, deceit, and magic. Narrator Bernadette Dunne blends the innocence, murderous intentions, and the mystical forces at play in each of the characters, ably switching among them and bringing additional thrills. The haunting setting of rural Vermont sets the stage for a story where relationships are not what they seem, and local Indigenous beliefs add levels of sometimes unbelievable shock value.
VERDICT Fans of Sager, and those just discovering his works, will enjoy this novel.
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