The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

I thought I had The House Across the Lake figured out, but alas, I did not.


Casey Fletcher, a widow and notable actress, has retreated to her family’s lakeside cottage to escape some recent bad press. She spends her days drinking and using her binoculars to spy casually on her neighbours.

Casey spends her time spying on Katherine and Tom Royce, her beautiful and wealthy neighbours. Their newly developed house sits directly across the lake from her cottage.

When Katherine vanishes, Casey is determined to uncover the truth behind her disappearance.

Review of The House Across the Lake

Casey is the typical unreliable female narrator that readers see a lot of these days. Namely the main character with a drinking problem that noses her way into everyone else’s business. Usually, this type of narrator would be irksome to me, but in this case, it wasn’t. I think it’s because the reader knows at the outset that Casey’s husband recently passed away, so she’s just processing her grief. Sure, it’s not the healthiest way, but still.

I’ve read a few of Riley Sager’s books, and this one is slightly different from those. It started off as what you’d expect, but then it completely veered off course. If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, you’ll know that I don’t mind OTT – give me all the drama and theatrics. But this one was just a bit too weird. It didn’t ruin the book for me, but it was an interesting way to go.

I will continue to read whatever Riley Sager publishes. His books are compulsively readable and always keep me entertained.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Expected Publication: 21 June 2022

Thank you to Dutton for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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