As a huge Mark Edwards fan, who has bought and devoured every one of his novels, I was delighted to receive an ARC copy via Netgalley, of his latest psychological thriller, “The Retreat” Oh my, let’s just say you are all in for a treat! The Retreat will be published on 10th May and you do not want to miss it!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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 Magpiescomes his most terrifying novel yet.
OK, hands up which writers have considered going on a writing retreat, somewhere quiet and secluded, somewhere you might find your muse? Well, maybe you don’t want to be taking a sneaky wee peek at “The Retreat” before you jump into your car and head for the hills! I started this book on the Friday before I went to bed and got up on the Saturday morning and read it til I had finished! I was H O O K E D from the very first page!
Mark Edwards is the perfect storyteller! I can almost imagine him sitting down and reading this to an enthralled audience, a terrified audience. He has the perfect knack of taking ordinary people in ordinary situations and twisting it into the most heart stopping and terrifying tale! The Retreat is a story of the past and the present, of urban myths and the bogeyman who lives under your bed, or in this case the witch who lives in the woods! It is about secrets and lies and the terrifying impact that small village legends can have throughout the years!
I loved how Mark gently poked fun at the ongoing war between self and traditional published authors and the literary snobbishness that can exist and is weighted against crime and horror writers.
As usual Mark has painted a landscape so authentic that you can almost sense the terror unfold around you, from the vast Welsh Valley’s to the dark and creepy woods, to the old house, now used as a writer’s retreat with a past steeped in something quite deliciously terrifying. A cast of characters who will engage and perplex you and a wonderful ghostly tale that will scare the living daylights out of you, what is not to like!
If you like your tales to be terrifying, your twists to be like corkscrews and your heart rate to be pounding then do yourself a favour and get this book bought now!
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About the author:
I write psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
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I have sold over 2 million books since my first solo novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013. Since then I have topped the bestseller lists several times. My other novels are Because She Loves Me, Follow You Home, What You Wish For, The Devil’s Work, The Lucky Ones and The Retreat. I have also published A Murder of Magpies (a short sequel to The Magpies) and six books co-authored with Louise Voss.
I live in the West Midlands, England, with my wife, our three children, two cats and a golden retriever.
Please note: there is another author called Mark Edwards. If a title is not listed on my author page, it’s not by me.