The New York Times best-selling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night is back with his most unexpected thriller yet.

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.

Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Source: Borrowed from the library


This book made me think of The Woman in the Window and the Kristen Bell thriller parody on Netflix. The protagonist in Riley Sager’s latest is an alcoholic woman spying on her neighbors. The wife goes missing, and she decides to investigate.

I’m keeping this as vague as possible. There are a few fantastic twists in this book, but one of the big ones I had figured out very early on, then I was annoyed with myself for ruining the surprise. Ha.

I thought the pacing was a bit slow during the first half or so, then things got kind of wacky. THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE was entertaining for the most part, but it was no HOME BEFORE DARK. That one scared the crap out of me, and I loved every minute.

Do you have a Riley Sager favorite?

13 thoughts on “THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE by Riley Sager

  1. Good to hear your thoughts. I have this one on hold at the library and hope it comes in before long. As to my favorite Sager book, I think that his first is my absolute favorite – Final Girls.


  2. Diana, I finished this one on audio (no review yet) and that is what I thought as I listened (Woman in the Window) . The narrator was very good Bernadette Dunne but her voice was age-inappropriate as she had the rasp of an elderly woman and we know she wasn’t that old.


  3. I’ve been wanting to try this author and I’m definitely intrigued though I’m a bit tired of the alcoholic unreliable narrator witnessing sinister stuff. I’m not sure that this one is for me but now I’m really curious about Home Before Dark!


  4. I’ve read mixed reviews about this one. I’ve read most of his books (and enjoyed a few) so far so I’ll still read this at some point.


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