Casey Fletcher is a famous actress who has fallen into the depths of alcoholism after the drowning death of her husband Len while vacationing at her family home on Lake Greene in Vermont. While heavily inebriated, Casey manages to save her neighbor, supermodel Katherine Royce from drowning. She becomes obsessed with watching Katherine and her husband Tom through her binoculars. She is convinced that Katherine's husband is trying to kill her. Casey realizes she is acting like the Jimmy Stewart character in the classic movie Rear Window, watching their every move and fearing for Katherine. Casey is compelled to share her fears with another neighbor (an ex-cop) as well as the local police detective. And what about the three young women who remain missing from the area? Could Tom be a serial killer?
In the hopes of remaining in spoiler-free land, I can only say that The House Across the Lake is more than what it appears to be. Although it is the lowest rated book from an author I truly adore, Riley Sager managed to blow my mind with several, "What the heck did I just read?" moments. This book has Sager's inventive twists and surprises but for reasons I won't reveal, it is quite different. I felt the book was ultimately entertaining, but for me, it didn't have the high level of appeal that his book Lock Every Door and his others had. I have to give the author lots of credit for stretching his creativity but I'm ready again for the type of book that made me an early fan. It's worth a look but expect the unexpected.
Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: June 21, 2022.
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