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The Hunting Party meets The Shining in this chilling literary thriller, in which a dancer arrives at a remote mountain retreat hoping for artistic inspiration—only to find it’s disaster that strikes when an avalanche traps her among six strangers who begin, one by one, to meet unspeakable ends.

Everyone's been keeping secrets . . .
 
Maeve Martin arrives at the High Wat
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Mulholland Books (first published July 2021)
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Kayla
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying this book has one of my favourite thriller tropes - a locked room mystery with a snowy back drop (An Unwanted Guest, The Guest List, and One by One anyone?). Any book with that premise immediately has my attention and I will most likely read it knowing full well there are only so many directions a book like that can take.

The Retreat follows Maeve Martin, a dancer and mom of two who just escaped a rocky marriage. She heads to an isolated center in the mountains for two
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Brenda
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is early winter in the mountains in bear territory just before hibernation and High Water Center oozes with atmosphere. Not only does an avalanche force a motley group of off-season guests and maintenance workers together but the days are short (though long!) and dark. At first the thought of a snow day or two appeals but soon the idea of safety and togetherness is shattered. After a body is found suspicion is so strong it can almost be felt. Who do you trust and turn to?

Maeve is one of the g
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Jaclyn
Apr 26, 2021 rated it liked it
I love locked room mysteries, so I was immediately intrigued by the premise of The Retreat: an avalanche strands the guests and staff at a remote mountain retreat for artists. Tensions rise, old wounds come to the surface, and then someone dies in mysterious circumstances. We see the story unfold from the perspective of the only newcomer to the group, Maeve, a former ballerina who's on the mountain for inspiration as she plans the next steps of her career.

The Retreat had many locked room element
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Lauren McCabe
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Retreat by Elisabeth de Mariaffi was a haunting and descriptive atmospheric thriller. We meet Maeve, a professional ballerina who has arrived at the stunning High Water Center for the Arts to begin to rebuild her life and begin her business as owner of a dance company. This stunning lodge is filled with artistic, interesting and mysterious characters. Maeve is still suffering from the trauma of her abusive marriage, which recently ended. This makes her untrusting of her bunkmates. Does she h ...more
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Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the author of a new collection of short stories, How To Get Along With Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012).

Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada, and she's one of the wild minds behind the highly original Toronto Poetry Vendors, a small press that sells single poems by established Canadian poets through toonie vending machines.
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