Synopsis of 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 with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the place 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?
Synopsis taken from Amazon
Review of The Retreat – Mark Edwards
Typical English mystery novel mixed with police business.
I really liked it though it’s not a great story, nor extremely original. The thing is, it mixes the horror/ghost element with the police plot.
The atmosphere is very well achieved and there’s just the right amount of corpses, passageways and unexplained mysteries. And the storytelling is very correct and it’s very entertaining.
There’s a love story but it isn’t annoying and it contributes to the resolution of the mystery. I’m not going to tell you if it ends well or badly, of course, but the interest is kept to the end.
The Retreat is a book to have a very pleasant time. Obviously for people who like stories with supernatural components.
And I’ll tell you, when I read the next one, if I still like reading Mark Edwards so much. The next one will be “Here to Stay” which, at the time of writing, has not yet been translated. I know I’m going to have a hard time reading it because it’s a subject that irritates me, but I think I’m going to like it. I’ll keep you informed.
This is highly recommended to have a good time.