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The Retreat

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  21,378 ratings  ·  1,820 reviews

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

Paperback, 335 pages
Published May 10th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Mark Edwards
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 you tie in the gothic suspense vibes, I'm sold. You ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 stars

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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 the retreat. He is a horror novelist who becomes in
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 say that I enjoyed where it ended up. Well done, sir
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
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 the theme of possibility—the notion that what we believe
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. 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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: It was a stone house, painted white, with a steep tiled roof. It was bigger and more imposing than I'd expected. The kind of place that looked like it would always be cold inside, no matter how many fires you lit. Behind the house, a steep bank half protected it from the elements. To either side, woodland stretched as far as I could see.

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
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 supernatural, but I’m not above getting a little creeped out when some
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
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, only to learn that Julia lost her husband Michael, an ...more
Holly  B
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 who were taking by a mysterious beast. Seeking to
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 of her daughter was never found. Lucas becomes fa ...more
[Shai] Bibliophage
First time to read a novel written by Mark Edwards and I was absolutely amazed by all those plot twists in the narrative. While reading this psychological thriller and mystery book, I have three characters that I suspect who might be the culprit in the sudden disappearances of two kids from 1980 and after 35 years. One of my guesses was correct, but what I didn't expect is that there are a lot more astonishing revelations.

I was really fascinated by how intriguing and mind-boggling the story
He did it again! Another 5 star read for an author who has quickly stepped into my top five favorites list.

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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 somehow still alive. When Julia opens her house as a
Louise Wilson
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, Lucas, a horror writer, becomes intrigued with Julia
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 ago, when he and his family still lived in the area ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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 horror novelist. I would say Lucas sort of takes
Sarah Joint
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This book started really good and interesting but then became a bit weird. The plot, especially the end bit made me roll my eyes from time to time but I still turned to pages to see how it will end.
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.
The Book Review Café
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 write his next book, but within days of his arrival, t ...more
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 best selling horror novelist, is on a tight deadl
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 story never got more than OK for me which trust
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
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 and daughter 2 years ago, Julia decides to turn h
Sean Peters
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a hor
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Well......I did not love it...🤔

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
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
My last two audiobooks have been so serious, this time I just needed some fun. Thank you Mark Edwards because The Retreat fit the bill perfectly.
Lucas Radcliffe is a horror writer with a deadline fast approaching. Given that he hasn’t made any progress on his next book, he takes himself off to a writers’ retreat in Wales. Cue the scary music. The innkeeper is a widow with a sad past, the place may be haunted and the area is alive with scary folktales involving the Red Widow.
The book mixes myst
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, horror, mystery, crime
This was perfect!
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
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. Her husband drowned two years ago while out walking
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