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Middle of the Night

By Riley Sager

Book review, full book summary and synopsis for Middle of the Night by Riley Sager, a spooky thriller about the long-ago disappearance of a childhood friend. Middle of the Night is set to be released on June 18, 2024.


The worst thing to ever happen on Hemlock Circle occurred in Ethan Marsh’s backyard. One July night, ten-year-old Ethan and his best friend and neighbor, Billy, fell asleep in a tent set up on a manicured lawn in a quiet, quaint New Jersey cul-de-sac. In the morning, Ethan woke up alone. During the night, someone had sliced the tent open with a knife and taken Billy. He was never seen again.

Thirty years later, Ethan has reluctantly returned to his childhood home. Plagued by bad dreams and insomnia, he begins to notice strange things happening in the middle of the night. Someone seems to be roaming the cul-de-sac at odd hours, and signs of Billy’s presence keep appearing in Ethan’s backyard. Is someone playing a cruel prank? Or has Billy, long thought to be dead, somehow returned to Hemlock Circle?

The mysterious occurrences prompt Ethan to investigate what really happened that night, a quest that reunites him with former friends and neighbors and leads him into the woods that surround Hemlock Circle. Woods where Billy claimed ghosts roamed and where a mysterious institute does clandestine research on a crumbling estate.

The closer Ethan gets to the truth, the more he realizes that no place—be it quiet forest or suburban street—is completely safe. And that the past has a way of haunting the present.

Early Book Reviews

The Bibliofile’s Review of Middle of the Night is coming soon. (Most likely, I'm still trying to get my hands on the ARC.) For now, here are my thoughts on the book and what the early reviews (if any) of Middle of the Night are saying:

Riley Sager has written some really solid mystery-thrillers, so I have high hopes for Middle of the Night. Early reviews seem to describe it as an intricate mystery (yes please) that’s atmospheric and hints at something supernatural going on. Love the creepy, complex vibes. I’m really hoping to get to read this soon!

What to Know about Middle of the Night

Middle of the Night is the newest upcoming novel by mystery-suspense author Riley Sager, set to be released June 18, 2024.

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