The Retreat

The Retreat

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.

Title:The Retreat
ISBN:9781477805176
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About Mark Edwards

I write psychological thrillers. My influences include writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid and Donna Tartt and movies like Rosemary's Baby, Single White Female, Fatal Attraction and anything in which scary things happen to ordinary people.


    The Retreat Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Mark Edwards is an author I've been following for years, and I've come to anticipate his certain brand of thrilling and chilling fiction with gusto each year in the release of his latest novel. The R...

  • Meredith

    3.5 starsThe Retreat is a dark, creepy, and atmospheric read fueled by childhood fears based on mythical creatures, ghosts, and haunted houses. Mark Edwards draws inspiration from such childhood myth...

  • Debra

    3.5 Stars. Two years ago, Julia's life changed forever. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughters life (they believed their daughter fell in the river when they weren't looking). Now Julia ha...

  • Melisa

    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 ston...

  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister

    Haunting!!! Don’t read this book alone at night unless you keep the lights on!!! See my reviews here!This is my first book by Mark Edwards and I absolutely loved it! I wasn’t sure what the genre w...

  • Berit???

    4 Creepy and Spooky Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟Is there really a Bloody Mary video game? I’m just wondering how that works? I remember gathering in the bathroom at midnight with my friends at sleepovers,...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: It was a stone house, painted white, with a steep tiled roof. It was bigger and more imposing than I'd expected. The kind of place that looked like it would always be cold inside, no matter h...

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    3.5*This is one of those books that either works for you and you’ll absolutely love it, or it’s going to leave you scratching your head. Well from my rating you can see where I landed.A writers re...

  • Paromjit

    Mark Edwards has written a gripping piece of crime fiction set in a fictional place, Beddmawr, in the Berwyn Mountains in Wales with its dense forests and rivers. 42 year old Lucas, a horror writer, u...

  • Christine

    5 Glorious Stars!Dear Mr. Edwards,It’s that time of year again—“Mark Edwards buddy read with my friend Jan” time. You don’t know how much we plot and prepare for this annual affair. Our goal...