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Publisher's Summary

A 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 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?

From the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies comes his most terrifying novel yet.

©2018 Mark Edwards (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-20-18

Better than I expected!

The protagonist, Lucas, is a writer who goes to a secluded new writer's retreat on the River Dee in the north of Wales. I'm not a fan of author Mark Edwards whose writing is horribly inconsistent except for the excellent suspense novels he has coauthored with Louise Voss. I usually skip his books of which he is the sole author, but my wife and I lived in Chester, England in a flat on the River Dee during the mid-1990's while my job took our plants England and the north of Wales . I have also visited the north of Wales for extended stays many times beginning in 1974 and ending when I retired 30 years later and have a strong fondness for the area and the people there. The border between England and Wales in the Chester area is defined by the River Dee before it cuts westward into Wales.

The quality of this psychological thriller, The Retreat, is unusually good compared to most of Mark Edwards novels. The narration is better than the novel.

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Mark Edwards does it again!

I try to make my audible books last, but when the suspense builds, I must keep reading. This was a most enjoyable listen. The idea of a retreat in the woods, an old urban legend and missing children are a recipe for great entertainment. I'm excited to note the next book will be out in October. I can't wait to order it.

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Wow!

Such a good book!!! So many twists and turns!! Loved it! The ending is insane, totally worth the download!

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couldn't stop listening finished this in 2 days !!

loved it couldn't stop listening, i was on the edge of my seat too know will happen next!!! 😁😁

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Brilliant

At first it was kind of weird however it got me glue to it and i don’t regret it , it was amazing 😊

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So good!

Unpredictable, deliciously dark and a completely addicting story. Just the kind of mystery I’ve been craving.

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intriguing Mystery

Quite enjoyable reading, there are plenty of little twists and turns, and the ending is a cork screw.

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  • Cpen
  • Alexandria, VA
  • 09-18-18

fantastic classic mystery

This was my first Mark Edwards book, and it was fantastic. The narrator was top notch, and really brought so much depth to the characters. He also did a good job with the female voices, which can be tricky. The story was a wonderful mystery that kept me wondering until the end. I highly recommend this book!

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Even though its implausible , I liked it

Entertaining mystery set in Wales, the story is implausible but fairly satisfying. Was entertained till the end and the narration was really good.

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Absolutely fabulous!

I can’t rave enough about this book! Truly a great read, and I was entranced by this book until the very end! I love the focus around this town legend, it gave the book a really creepy vibe and I totally dig it!

This story led me to more of Mark Edwards’ works and I’m so glad it did! Absolutely fantastic job!

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  • Danny
  • 05-15-18

Another great book again by Mark Edwards.

Can I also give 5 * for Simon Mattacks the narrator he is amazing. I really enjoyed this book can't wait for his next one again !!

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  • Tisha
  • 06-27-18

Unputdownable

Unputdownable!!!!

This is my first and most defiantly won’t be my last Mark Edwards book. I was gripped from the get go.

Lilly missing, the red widow, ghosts, love story and cliff hangers all in one story.

Not once throughout this story could I even has it as a guess as to who had murdered/kidnapped Lilly or what was going on in the retreat.

This is really a must read to anyone who loves thrillers and crime stories.

Thank you so much for writing something so gripping.

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  • christine mcneil
  • 06-10-18

Another brilliant book from mark Edwards

A gripping story, keeps you wanting to listen to the next chapter, really enjoyed this book

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  • Marky
  • 06-05-18

Great story and great ending!

it was so refreshing to listen to a story that didn't have complete doom and gloom at the end. This was a satisfying story because the ending came together so well......which is very rare these days. most authors strive for shock and devastation, so it was refreshing to go through all the ups and downs as the story unfolds to feel great at the end and not deflated. Already recommended.

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  • RS
  • 06-04-18

I'm sorry, but this is just not great

2d characters, flat vocabulary, absurd story (in so many ways). Real disappointment. And a really jarring narration to boot!

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  • Andy
  • 09-25-18

Fantastic

Found this a thrilling read! and a great voice actor highly recommend for any horror fan

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  • deb
  • 09-23-18

Boring!

I didn't finish this. I was expecting a good read/listen after reading the reviews, but was bitterly disappointed.
I do not recall ever taking the time to write an unfavourable review, or feeling that let down or "cross" by a novel, but felt it only fair to warn others.
I am not going to waste my time stating why I thought it was awful, just my opinion.

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  • Niki
  • 09-20-18

Highly recommend this story

Absolutely thoroughly enjoyed this story. Cleverly written to keep you guessing until the end. Did not want this story to finish .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-18

Great Read which keeps you in suspense throughout.

Great Read which keeps you in suspense throughout. A good ending too. N enjoyable experience

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  • M. Süttmann
  • 09-19-18

Crazy times

Okay, this one is WILD!
LOVED it at first, very atmospheric, suspense and mystery from the get-go. I felt like I was going back to the retreat every time I hit "Play". I looked forward to it each time I went back to it- until a bit before part 3 when the story just goes completely off the railis and into some crazy ride of urban myths and one unbelievable addition to the story after the next. While this story COULD really happen (I.e. nothing supernatural), I am very confident that it never ever would. More Agatha Christie in a writer's retreat and less witches next time, please?

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  • Helen Miller
  • 06-06-18

Excellent Audio

One of my favourites ... couldn't stop listening until I finished it! Lots of suspense, with twists and turns.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful