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The Retreat by Mark Edwards #BookReview #TheRetreat. @mredwards

Happy Hump Day! Today on the blog I have my review of this wonderful book that is part ghost story, part psychological thriller, and absolutely fantastic! 👻 The Retreat

The Retreat by Mark Edwards

4 Creepy and Spooky Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

About the Book

A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

From the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies comes his most terrifying novel yet.


4 Creepy and Spooky Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Is there really a Bloody Mary video game? I’m just wondering how that works? I remember gathering in the bathroom at midnight with my friends at sleepovers, never quite making it to those 10 “Bloody Marys…“ this book really brought back memories of all those creepy childhood stories… is the boogie man really under my bed? Can my Tina doll really talk? I’m not one to necessarily believe in the supernatural, but I’m not above getting a little creeped out when something goes bump in the night…

What this book did brilliantly was blend together a twisty psychological thriller and an element of the supernatural… in the beginning I had no idea what was going on was this house haunted? Are these people crazy? Who is singing? Who is taking things and moving them around? What is going bump in the night? I have to admit if I were at this “Retreat“ I would be high tailing it out of there just like Karen did!

Lucas is an author who has headed to Wales to a writers retreat… to work on his follow up novel to his best seller… Julia is the widow who owns this retreat, she also lost her husband two years ago… her husband jumped in the river to save their daughter, who they believed had fallen in, but Lily’s body was never recovered… I can’t even imagine how excruciating this would be, so I could completely understand why Julia still believed her daughter was alive…

This book had me guessing until the bitter end…. I really had no idea how this was going to end, and the very final twist…. not even sure how I feel about that, but it sure made me think…. and all the pieces came together and were completely plausible and believable…

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for a spooky atmospheric book filled with things that go bump in the night and some twists on top…

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Don’t be afraid of the dark! Berit 😱