The Retreat by Mark Edwards

The Retreat

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 w...

Details The Retreat

TitleThe Retreat
Release DateMay 10th, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

Reviews The Retreat

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Mark Edwards is an author I've been following for years, and I've come to anticipate his certain brand of thrilling and chilling fiction with gusto each year in the release of his latest novel. The Retreat was a bit of a departure from his last novel, and I couldn't be more pleased with the setting and tone he chose to deliver this go around. It's no secret that I have an affinity for novels that contain the "book within a book" plot, and once ...
  • Meredith
    3.5 starsThe Retreat is a dark, creepy, and atmospheric read fueled by childhood fears based on mythical creatures, ghosts, and haunted houses. Mark Edwards draws inspiration from such childhood myths as Bloody Mary and the boogeyman to create a sense of fear in a small town in Wales. Horror writer Lucas Radcliffe returns to his childhood hometown Beddmarr, Wales to spend some time at a writer’s retreat to hopefully help get his next novel on ...
  • Debra
    3.5 Stars. 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 t...
  • Melisa
    A heart pounding, atmospheric, rip roaring good mystery!Mark Edwards is so thorough and detailed with his plotting - his stories are intricately detailed and they are always tightly wound with no stone left unturned. Full of spooky folklore and legends and scary ghost stories, this one definitely had me jumping at the slightest sounds and turning on all the lights in the house. I had no idea how this story was going to unfold, and I’m happy to ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    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 ...
  • Mackenzie
    Haunting!!! Don’t read this book alone at night unless you keep the lights on!!! See my reviews here!This is my first book by Mark Edwards and I absolutely loved it! I wasn’t sure what the genre would be at first, because it has such a tone of the supernatural about it. I think it is best for readers to just let it unfold. I didn’t know which genre it would be, and I liked it all the better for the intrigue it held in that regard. I loved t...
  • Paromjit
    Mark Edwards has written a gripping piece of crime fiction set in a fictional place, Beddmawr, in the Berwyn Mountains in Wales with its dense forests and rivers. 42 year old Lucas, a horror writer, used to live nearby as a young child before his family moved. He is suffering from writer's block, so returns when he checks into a writers retreat run by Julia. Lucas has still not recovered from the grief of losing his beloved girlfriend, Priya, onl...
  • Holly B
    2.5I’m the outlier here, but I have concluded that this was just not a book for me.I have mixed feelings about this one. I was intrigued by the mystery of what happened to a missing girl near a river. I was hoping for a good psychological thriller, but it felt more “supernatural” to me.There were some spooky happenings that kept me reading and finishing the book, but can’t say I’m a huge fan. I did struggle to finish it.Please check out...
  • Christine
    5 Glorious Stars!Dear Mr. Edwards,It’s that time of year again—“Mark Edwards buddy read with my friend Jan” time. You don’t know how much we plot and prepare for this annual affair. Our goal of course is to beat you at your own game. Afteranother year of practice with other people’s books, we felt ready to take you down this time. Hmmm…a disappearing kid plot. We’ve read plenty of these, Mr. Edwards. We are feeling pretty darn con...
  • Pauline
    I really enjoy Mark Edwards books and was delighted to receive a copy of The Retreat. This thriller was full of myths and scary tales told to the local children about a witch they called The Widow. Lucas is a writer that is having problems finishing his latest book. He goes to a writers retreat in Wales to get some peace and quiet to work. Julia who runs the retreat is a widow who's husband drowned trying to save their young daughter but the body...
  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mark Edwards, Amazon Publishing, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.In his latest thriller, Mark Edwards adds a degree of the paranormal while also creating a mystery that will keep the reader guessing. Lucas Radcliffe is still riding the wave of his latest bestseller, exploring a number of missing children...
  • Louise Wilson
    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 their rural home. Alone and broke, Julia opens up her house as a writers retreat.The body of Julia's daughter, Lily, has never been found after the tragic accident when her husband and daughter drowned. Julia thinks her daughter is still alive somewhere. When Julia opens up her house as a writers' retreat, Lu...
  • Carolyn
    When Lucas, writer of a best selling horror novel, books into a Writer's Retreat near his old childhood home in Wales he doesn't expect to walk into what could be the set for one of his own books. He just wants to immerse himself in writing his next book and making his publisher's deadline. Instead he not only finds himself investigating the recent disappearance of a child but also uncovering secrets about another child who disappeared 35 years a...
  • Kendall
    So... I've heard nothing by excellent things about Mark Edwards. Surprisingly, this was my first book that I've read by this author.Julia's husband drowned trying to save their daughters life but her daughter's body was never found. Julia still has hope that her daughter is alive due to not finding her body. Julia has now converted their home into a writer's retreat (this is so awesome!!!) One of her first guests at the retreat is Lucas whom is a...
  • Gary
    I am a big fan of Mark Edwards work and jumped at the chance to read his latest novel 'The Retreat'. Lucas is a horror novelist and when facing writers block decides to stop at a writers retreat. The Retreat was set up two years ago by Julia who 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 s...
  • Sarah Joint
    Just the right amount of creepy, this would be an amazing story to curl up and immerse yourself into, a perfect one-sitting read. It is dark and atmospheric, chilling and absorbing. It gets a bit wild and hard to believe at times, but it's so well-crafted that I didn't mind. Mark Edwards has mentioned that he drew inspiration from his little girl returning from school and sharing that her classmates were talking about the old "Bloody Mary" tale. ...
  • Malina Skrobosinski
    "It was time to go back into the dark." Truer words have never been spoken! That's how I felt going into this book. When I can finish a novel within 24 hours, you know it's a winner! I blew threw this one everyone! Let me tell you... this one is so full of twists it's like you're on a roller coaster in complete darkness and you don't know which way you're headed. Mark Edwards delivers yet another gripping and chilling novel. Lucas Radcliffe, a be...
  • The Book Review Café
    When I think of a retreat it conjures up images of somewhere quiet , an oasis where you can rest and reflect or write, somewhere you feel safe, well that was until I picked up The Retreat by Mark Edwards, who turns an idyllic setting into something far more sinister. Steeped in atmosphere and disturbingly creepy The Retreat is a reminder of why I’m such a fan of Mark Edwards writing. Lucas, a horror novelist, arrives at the retreat hoping to wr...
  • Holly
    *4.5 stars Only my second book by Mark Edwards and I can safely say that he' s quickly becoming a favorite. I struggled to put this book down. It was highly engrossing! This was part mystery, part gothic, and based on urban legends. You know? Like those myths you hear about when your a kid: bloody mary, the boogeyman, etc. This one has the Red Widow. It seems that everyone in this small English town is very superstitious about the Red Widow. When...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Because I'm a huge fan of A) Creepy stories B) Urban Legends and C) Mark Edwards novels, The Retreat was a hit with me that's for sure. Although I'm not heading into any woods for the rest of my life. Lucas is a horror writer (actually I'd quite like to read the book he wrote that was a bestseller) who heads off to a writing retreat in rural Wales, hoping to finish his difficult next book. What he finds is a widow with a missing presumed drowned ...
  • Linda Strong
    This is not the first I've read of Mark Edwards' books ... but it is the best! Reminds me a bit of a horror story within a horror story .. although this isn't really a horror story at all.Lucas, a horror novelist, has checked into a remote writer's retreat. When his girlfriend was killed, he lost his ability to write. Maybe what he needs is a long quiet, relaxed stay without the sight and sounds of a busy city. Too bad that's not what he gets.Jul...
  • Mandy White
    Mark Edwards never fails to deliver... I have just devoured this book in one sitting. I could not put it down, I had to know what was happening and why!! I am a big fan of this author and jumped at the chance to read an early review copy thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing... thank you so much for the opportunity.This is a dark and creepy and at times scary book. An old house in Wales is the setting for The Retreat. After losing her husband...
  • Sean Peters
    Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and Mark Edwards for an ARC copy for an honest review.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 wri...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    After reading the fabulous The Devil's Work and The Lucky Ones was I really looking forward to reading The Retreat. The creepy cover and blurb added to my eagerness. A missing child and an old house with secrets? Count me in! The Retreat is one of those books that have all the ingredients I like when it comes to thrillers, a mystery, a group of people that don't know each other and a place with a history of troublesome events. Unfortunately, the ...
  • Maya
    I was excited about this book and i’m happy to say i wasn’t disappointed at all. The characters were well developed (Lucas was a bit vanilla but i guess that’s why he gets along with Miss bossypants Julia). One particular part of the book near the end felt like watching an episode of Scooby Doo for adults and I mean that as a compliment. On the more serious note, the story is captivating and chilling at times, Julia is a character you can...
  • Adrian Dooley
    Enjoyed this one to a point. Interesting story that gets a little to surreal towards the end. Lucas, a writer of horror stories decides to return to his childhood hometown in Wales, to a writers retreat to try and work on his new book. What he finds is a story that he could easily have written himself and he is drawn into the mystery and becomes obsessed with finding out what has happened at this retreat house. The owner Julia is a young widow. H...
  • Jan
    He did it again! Another 5 star read 👏Review to come
  • Heidi
    “It’s like I dived into that river two years ago. And I’m still under the water, holding my breath.” Take a spooky old house in a small, isolated Welsh community, connected to the disappearance of a small girl. Add a group of writers with overactive imaginations and a sprinkling of things that go bump in the night. Stir in someone who is prepared to do anything for the past to stay hidden and pour the whole mixture into a remote, eerie fo...
  • The Cats Mother
    I had not read anything by this author before, but had read rave reviews of an earlier book, Follow You Home, and marked it to-read, when this became available on NetGalley. My feelings about it did zigzag a bit as it went on - from being immediately intrigued by the beginning, to losing interest as supernatural elements were introduced, then thinking there were far too many characters being introduced, followed by outrage at the preposterousness...
  • Sheyla ✎
    Well, this is one writers' retreat where I never want to go....LOL.The Retreat is a creepy suspense novel with multiple twists and turns making it quite enjoyable for this reader. Julia has opened her home, Nyth Bran as a writers' retreat. Two years ago, her husband drowned and her little girl Lily disappeared. It happened when they were taking a hike as a family. Lily was walking ahead of them. After a few minutes, when neither parent could find...