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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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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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dissapointed

really enjoyed his other books, but found this one boring. almost gave up twice. got a bit silly and unrealistic at the end.

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Very good story

I was really held by this novel, it was written in a good clear way and held my interest right the way through. There were a few niggles with people's reactions and actions, but overall, very gripping and enjoyable.

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  • Alexhj
  • hibernating till summer
  • 18-05-18

<br />Excellent story!

Good page turner with twists and turns and interesting characters. Good finish. excellent clear narration.

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  • Wayne
  • 20-05-18

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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  • Michael Ferris
  • 22-05-18

Good read

The performance by Simon was wonderful. A good mystery that keeps you listening. Perfect for a rainy day.

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  • Angela M. Dokos
  • 17-05-18

Totally Freaking Awesome!

I absolutely love this story. Well done, Mr. Edwards! Great characters. Wonderful plot. Well written. Great all the way around.

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  • Jen
  • 17-05-18

So Great!

I love Mark Edwards' books.
Normal people in crazy situations. Always thrilling, never EVER predictable.
I always want another as soon as I finish one.

Can't wait for the last installment of "Magpies"!

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  • K. Bliss
  • 15-05-18

Great mystery

Love how this book made you constantly wonder if the old town folklore was true and there was a horrible witch or if there could be a realistic and yet equally horrible explanation for tragedy in a small town. I loved the characters and the entire storyline. I have read all of Mark Edward books. Magpies is my favorite but this is a fantastic book as well.