The Retreat

The RetreatThe Retreat by Mark Edwards
Published by Thomas & Mercer on May 10th 2018
Pages: 335
ISBN: 1477805176
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Two years ago, Julia’s life changed forever. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughters life (they believed their daughter fell in the river when they weren’t looking). Now Julia has converted their home into a writer’s retreat. She buried her husband two years ago, but her daughter’s body was never found. She clings to the belief that her daughter is still alive as her body was never found.

Lucas is one of her first guests at the retreat. He is a horror novelist who becomes intrigued with Julia and her missing daughter. He hires a private investigator to try and help him determine what happened to Julia’s daughter and are there any clues which the local police failed to notice.

Soon strange things start occurring at the writer’s retreat. Lucas hears rumors that the home is haunted and when he begins to hear singing at night, he wonders if the rumors are true. Other guests notice strange things as well and begin to wonder if they should be afraid of the things that go bump in the night.

This book started strong for me, then I lost a little interest and then things picked up again. So, if you feel a little lag after the first 20 percent of the book, hang in there, things do get interesting! One thing I enjoyed is the fact that I could not figure this book out. Is this a haunted house? Is this a ghost story? Was there a kidnapping? Is Julia crazy? Has the entire town lost their minds over the Urban legend they have been scaring each other and their children with over the years? This book has a creepy and eerie vibe and leaves the reader with a lot of questions until the end.

The highlight of this book for me was that I could not figure out what was going one and when I thought I had things figured out close to the ending, the Author threw in a little curve ball to keep things interesting.

Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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