The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Published: June 21, 2022

Hardcover, 368 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & Penguin Group Dutton, I received an eARC)



The New York Times best-selling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night (“a master of the twist and the turn” – Rolling Stone) 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.


“What is marriage but a series of mutual deceptions.” For me this was the whole premise of this book and I loved it. The use of then and now chapters was done to perfection. The twists and turns throughout the books reading to the characters’ marriages were excellent.

I’m a huge Riley Sager fan, who has loved each of his books, and this one was definitely my favorite! It immediately begins with an air of mystery, that had me hooked. I felt like I was right there on the lake with the characters.

I did find the book a bit repetitive with it’s descriptions of the main character’s drinking of alcohol. To see why, and for it to come full circle was wonderful. It really made you see how unreliable of a narrator our main character actually was.

I highly recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of this author. The main twist was the BEST I’ve seen in a long time. I cannot wait to continue reading all of this author’s books!

Boston Book Reader