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?
Y’all should just read this book! Yeah, that’s my review! I should just leave it at that, right? Seriously though, this book is awesome and I hope that all fans of thrillers will get a chance to read it.
The story begins with Lucas’ arrival at a writer’s retreat. Lucas has one successful book to his name but is currently struggling to find inspiration for a second book. He hopes that a retreat at a secluded location will help inspire him. Julia is the host of the retreat which is also being attended by three other writers, Karen, Max and Suzi. The vibe of that place is super spooky. The house is huge, old and has some unusual noises that have everyone on edge. In addition, Julia’s daughter, Lily, has been missing for over two years. All these contribute to a very, creepy, atmospheric read.
I couldn’t stop turning pages once I started reading this book. The plot was interesting and it moved at a fast pace. I was curious about Lily’s disappearance. The police believe that she drowned and her mother was certain that she was alive somewhere. I couldn’t decide which version to believe and so I eagerly followed the narrative waiting for the reveal. The story had quite a number of twists. None of which I could have predicted. I can’t even begin to explain the number of times my jaw dropped.
I loved everything about this story. I enjoyed the narrative style where urban legends were integrated into the story hence contributing to the suspense and creepy atmosphere. The Retreat by Mark Edwards is an amazing, descriptive,captivating read. The surprises just kept coming until the end. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
24 thoughts on “Review: The Retreat by Mark Edwards”
I’m sold, it’s going on my tbr list!
Glad to hear that. Thank you 🙂
I finished this one late last night and was just blown away! So good!
Glad to hear that you enjoyed it too 🙂
I think it was already on my wishlist.. your review makes me even more happy I added it. I love surprising twists and I’m happy it stays fast-paced till the thrilling end. Great review!
I think that yo will enjoy this one, Inge. Thank you 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it Diana!
Thanks Holly 🙂
Fabulous, Diana! The great reviews for this one are rolling in, your included. I definitely need to read it!
I hope that you will enjoy it when you do. This one does deserve all the hype. I really enjoyed it. Thanks Jennifer 🙂
This sounds fantastic Diana! i’ll have to add it to my TBR! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂
Thank you Stephanie. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did, when you get the chance to read it 🙂
You are welcome! Thank you! I hope so too 🙂
Great review Diana! Another I hadn’t picked up and now i’m seeing everyone else post that they love it.
Thanks Carrie. If you happen to get a copy then please do read it. Its really interesting 🙂
I’ll have to add it to my endless list, I do know everyone seems to love it. 🙂
Ahhhh now I’m so curious!!! You keep adding books to my TBR xD
haha, I hope you will enjoy this one as much as I did if you get the chance to read it 🙂
Saved the cover of this book to my photos to add to my toppling tbr. How original it sounds. I love how you said “y’all should just read this book. Yeah, that’s my review.” 😂
Please, please, PLEASE tell me there aren’t any paranormal elements so I can read it.
haha, I’d love to answer you properly but that is part of the twist 😉 You have nothing to worry about this one though.
Thanks Diana!! 😊
Definitely sounds like a good read.
Thanks Raney 🙂