Una bambina scomparsa. Una madre disperata. Una casa piena di segreti
Due anni prima Julia ha visto annegare il marito nel gelido fiume vicino a casa, mentre cercava di salvare la loro bambina, Lily. Ma il corpo della piccola non è mai stato ritrovato. E la madre è convinta che sia ancora viva.
Rimasta sola, Julia trasforma quella casa di campagna in un rifugio per scrit...more
The 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 track. The retreat is run by a beautiful widow na ...more
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 in ...more
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 say that I enjoyed where it ended up. Well done, sir ...more
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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 the theme of possibility—the notion that what we believe ...more
This was really well-written and a pretty good story so I can't figure out why I didn't like it more. The pacing was a little odd, I kept thinking it had to be almost done and I'd look and there would be three more hours. (I listened on Audible.)
I loved it, then I liked it, then I was kind of ready for it be done.
It wrapped up well enough but it just didn't grind my gears like most of his stuff does. It all felt a little flat.
It has many positive reviews so I'd still ...more
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 supernatural, but I’m not above getting a little creeped out when some ...more
Something flapped in the branches above my head, startling me and almost making me lose my balance. But I stole another look at the house before I clim ...more
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. After
another 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 confident here. Oh! It’s taking place at a writer’s retreat in an old ...more
This is one of those books that either works for you and you’ll absolutely love it, or it’s going to leave you scratching your head. Well from my rating you can see where I landed.
A writers retreat. Time to get away from the crazy city and all the pressures bearing down on you. An opportunity to concentrate on your work in progress, perhaps even wrapping it all up before that looming deadline.
But when Lucas finally arrives at the retreat, he’s greeted with anything but the Zen peacefulness ...more
I’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 other reviews because many people gave this one high marks. ...more
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 who were taking by a mysterious beast. Seeking to ...more
I was really fascinated by how intriguing and mind-boggling the story ...more
This might sound odd, but I always have fun reading his books. His content might be dark, creepy, and full of death and murder, but its just so entertaining, trying to figure out what is real or just a diversion. Oh-and another fun element is catching all references from his past novels when they pop up. He certainly likes to keep his readers on high alert!
This is the 5th 5 star book I've r ...more
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 somehow still alive. When Julia opens her house as a ...more
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, Lucas, a horror writer, becomes intrigued with Julia ...more
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 horror novelist. I would say Lucas sort of takes ...more
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. Most of us heard variations of that story when we ...more
I think it is a bit unfortunate that this book is PR'd as a "scary" read. I don't think it's scary, but it's a gripping story about a lost child, which builds suspense until the end.
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 best selling horror novelist, is on a tight deadl ...more
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 story never got more than OK for me which trust ...more
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 hor ...more
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 and daughter 2 years ago, Julia decides to turn h ...more
I have many many Goodreads friends who love this author, and I was excited to finally be reading my first Mark Edwards book, though a few of you warned me that this was probably your least favorite of his books.
I like how it started...with authors gathering at a new writer’s retreat run by a woman named Julia, who tragically lost both her husband, and young daughter Lily, two years prior.
Lucas, a horror writer, who has also lost someone he loved, arrives at “The ...more
Atmospheric, creepy, mysterious!
Add gut-wrenching suspense and bone-chilling twists. Isn’t that enough?
OK! Could I interest you in dark woods, an abandoned old church, a house in a remote area, a town with weird inhabitants?
How about spirits, witches, superstition? Noises heard through the walls and an unseen child singing in the dead of the night, misplaced objects, a curse…
How about if I told you our story takes place in Wales?
And the best part of all this is, Mark Edwards ...more
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 Lily goes missing while out for a walk with her p ...more
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