Review: The Retreat by Mark Edwards

synopsis:

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…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

review:

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.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

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