I have been a fan of Mark Edwards’ books for a while now and was looking forward to this novel.
Going straight to the point, I really enjoyed ‘The Retreat’. I loved the setting and beautiful presentation of the place. I absolutely adore Wales and the book reminded me of my travels there. I loved all the mysteries and how the plot was revealed in a good, dynamic pace. The best quality of Mark’s books is that it is hard to guess what is really going on, there are so many twists and turns that keep the reader entertained and glued to the pages. That’s what usually happens to me – if I start Mark’s book, I can’t stop until I finish it. Work and life get in the way, but I stay focused 🙂
I also enjoyed an element of the urban legends. It reminded my childhood where we all heard some old stories and were retelling them in different words to the younger ones, adding some particularly scary details. The interesting thing about the urban legends that they founded on something real that often has a simple explanation but a complex reason.
The main character Lucas is quite relatable. He struggles with writing his next horror novel, hence, comes to this new writers’ retreat. I am always curious about the life of the authors, their challenges and successes, so it was good to read a little bit about that as well.
There was one thing that wasn’t believable for me but I keep it a secret not to spoil a book for you.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good psychological thriller with little flashes of horror (but not too many ;). Mark’s plots always bring something new and keep you entertained.
- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Publishing (10 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477805176
- ISBN-13: 978-1477805176
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)