THE RETREAT BY MARK EDWARDS


PLOT SUMMARY:

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…


MY REVIEW:

I thought this would be eerier and creepier and the ending was bizarre. The first 80% is great and I couldn't put it down but I felt that the whole story was building up to something big and I was a little let down by the ending.

Similar to Everything I Never Told You, it's an easy read and I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it. If you're looking for something you can just easily pick up, then this is one to add to that list.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Strong Start

Interesting Setting

Good Narrative.


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'You need to fall in love with writing again. Find whatever, or wherever, it was that caused that first spark.'


FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Karen, I don't know why but I just loved her whole personality and thought she was one of the more real characters.


OVERALL RATING:

7/10


SPOILERS INCLUDED BELOW

Don't read the below section if you haven't read the book yet. This section goes into more detail on certain things that I'd be curious to know if others who read the book felt the same.

As you probably gathered, I found the ending really disappointing. I really hoped that there would be some sense of magic and a witch but Edwards decided to go down the most realistic route. Which is good in ways as it makes the story more plausible but the magic fan in me felt let down.

I also found the very last chapter where she pushes the other girl into the water so unnecessary...it was a bizarre way to finish it in my opinion.

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