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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The House Across the Lake

ISBN: 978-0593183199

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: 06/21/2022

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars

The New York Times 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.

My Review

Rear Windows and The Woman in the Window meets The Great Gatsby in Riley Sager's latest twisty plot psychological thriller —THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE.

After losing her husband, a screenwriter actress Casey Fletcher turns to alcohol to cope, causing her to receive a string of bad press and publicity. She retreats to her family's lake house in Vermont to escape.

Without anything else to do, she becomes intrigued by watching her wealthy neighbors through a pair of binoculars— ex-model Katherine Royce, and her husband, tech mogul Tom.

One day, 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. They become friends.

She is convinced that Katherine’s life remains at risk and her husband is plotting to murder her. But nothing is as it appears.

When Katherine disappears, Casey becomes obsessed with figuring out what happened to her. Something beneath the surface always remains hidden at Lake Greene. What lies in the darkness?

From before to now— voyeurism, murder, and the lies we tell ourselves with a supernatural vibe, the author gives readers the UNEXPECTED twist.

Wicked, wild, and crazy. Highly entertaining.

I purchased the audiobook and the narrator, Bernadette Dunne delivered a chilling performance. #PenguinAudio #Dutton

@JudithDColins | #JDCMustReadBooks

Pub Date: June 21, 2022

My Rating: 4 Stars


“Sager’s best plot twist yet.”

—People, "Best Summer Books"

“The House Across the Lake reads like a psychological thriller version of The Great Gatsby, featuring binoculars for more accurate across-the-lake spying, smaller gatherings for a shorter list of suspects, and a truly bat**** twist for more satisfying consumption. So basically The Great Gatsby, but better. I know, them’s fightin words.”


“A suspense novel brimming with twists and turns.”


"The House Across the Lake is the work of a master storyteller. A Hitchcockian premise is given an exciting new spin, as voyeurism, murder, and the lies we tell ourselves about our nearest and dearest spiral out of control in this gripping mystery, where nothing is what it seems. I had a thrilling time reading this. An unputdownable page-turner."

—Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens

“Riley Sager is an auto-buy for me, and his latest propulsive thriller, The House Across The Lake, may just be my favorite of his yet. With his characteristic mix of dynamic characters and riveting plot twists, Sager will keep you turning the pages in his foray into secrets, grief, revenge, and love.”

—Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author ofThe Last Thing He Told Me

"The House Across the Lake pulls you under on the first page and doesn’t let you come up for air. With fascinating characters, a suffocating setting, and an intriguing premise, Riley Sager relentlessly turns up the tension on every page. Good luck putting this book down."

—Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases

"For a fresh and twisty take on Rear Window, just add water: The House Across the Lake is a propulsive, tautly-plotted and atmospheric thriller with a vividly drawn cast of compelling characters and a final what-just-happened twist that will have you reeling. Loved it!"

—Ellery Lloyd, internationally bestselling author of The Club

"[An] outstanding novel of suspense.... 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.”

—Publishers Weekly (starred)

"A highly entertaining read."


“Sager is terrific at creating suspense within a confined, sometimes claustrophobic setting…Fans of stories that keep the heart pounding and the mind engaged will enjoy this one. . . . One of the genre's most entertaining authors.”


“Go into the book blind for a full experience. The clues are definitely there for you to piece together but I was still surprised. You will be questioning everyone and everything, making this book such a fun read.”

—Mystery and Suspense

“Sager (Final Girls) offers consistent twists and turns—including one very surprising one—that’ll keep you flipping pages until the end."

—New Jersey Monthly

"Rear Window gets a jaw-dropping twist in this tense, daring and utterly propulsive thriller. If you’re not already reading Riley Sager, you’re missing out."

—Catherine Ryan Howard, #1 Irish bestselling author of 56 Days

"Brilliantly written with a dark and clever twist on a well-worn trope, and as for that ending...?! What a fun book. I devoured it!"

—Susi Holliday, author of The Last Resort

About the Author

Riley Sager is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, most recently Home Before Dark and Survive the Night. His first novel, Final Girls, has been published in 30 countries and won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. His latest book, The House Across the Lake, will be published in 2022 by Dutton Books. A native of Pennsylvania, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. WEBSITE







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