• The House Across the Lake

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (1,487 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Named a most anticipated summer book by People, E! News, PureWow, CNN.com, CrimeReads, POPSUGAR, The Nerd Daily, BookTrib, Mystery Writers of America, Bookish, and Distractify

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 story . . . no lake house required.

©2022 Riley Sager (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Very odd narrator select

Narrator confuses me, sounds much older than the character is supposed to be? I found it to be a bit grating.

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Awful narrator

I was so excited for this new book as I’ve listened to all of Riley Sager’s novels and loved them. However this narrator is horrible and completely ruined the book for me. I don’t know if I can even finish it. So disappointed I wasted the credit. I’m sure it’s an amazing book if it weren’t for that raspy old lady voice.

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Needs different narrator

I have been waiting for the release of this audiobook. As everyone has mentioned, I am disappointed and confused by the choice of narrator. She sounds 65, which does not match the described character at all. The story is interesting, but completely overshadowed by the mismatched voice. I'll have to read the physical book, which completely defeates the point of paying for an increasingly expensive audiobook service.

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Sager is the king of rip-offs

Sager continues the trend of borrowing from better works and ruining them.

"House" is further ruined by absolute HORRENDOUS narration. It is nearly unlistenable. Believe the reviews. The narrator sounds like they stepped out of community theatre 101. Not what you'd expect from a professional production.

If Sager's work is your cup of tea, I'd advise reading a physical copy of this one.
If, like me, you're lukewarm on Sager in general... SKIP IT. Not worth the time, or the credit.
Sager has yet to spin an original yarn or have anyone even remotely likeable as a protagonist.

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Gaaaaahhhh!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

I love Riley Sager’s books! But oh my I hate this one! I will include no spoilers… but I have to say, I was never able to reconcile the grandma voice (no offense to the reader) to our protagonist who is supposed to be way younger. However I was willing to overlook that…. But then the “twist” happened and it made me want to throw this book in the lake and watch it sink! The supernatural elements are always a cheap way to try and get good reviews, or to chock people, they are highly unnecessary in this genre and Riley stop making deals with the devil, you don’t need it you’re a good Writter!

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Listen to a sample. Terrible narrator

I was so excited for this to release. Now I’m debating on returning and just buying a hard copy. This narrator is horrible and it’s really hard to listen to. So disappointed.

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Why?

I can tell from the sample that the narrator was a poor choice. I may have to actually read this one, cuz I love Riley Sager's stuff. Hopefully this is re-released with a different narrator.

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Listen to sample first

I pre-ordered this a while ago and was excited to listen to it on my way to work. But after 20 mins I am not sure I can get through it with this narrator. I’m sure the story is fine, but the audio version is not for me. Listen to the sample before purchasing.

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The narrator was good - I feel bad saying this, but NOT the right voice for the story. The story was great. The narrator’s reading was good, it was just wrong voice to the point of distraction:

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very captivating

Do not listen to other reviews. The narrator was wonderful and the story line of the book was fabulous. I was drawn in by the main character Casey and her determination to solve the case, although it took a very twisting turn at the end!

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