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The Retreat

Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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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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  • RS
  • 04-06-18

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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More comic book than literature

Yet another book about a missing girl and distraught mother. At least this one is not told from the mother's perspective.

Mark Edwards does come up with some great plots for his books but his style of writing really isn't the best. Rather like a schoolboy essay I think. Some quotes from this book to illustrate what I mean:

• "It had been the worst Christmas ever"
• "It took all my strength"
• "It was the worst day of my whole life"
• "It was the best present she'd ever had"

That's probably how I'd write myself if I tried to write a book. Also, he didn't really develop the personalities of the characters so that we as readers could empathise with them. Nothing very deep and meaningful in this book.

Simon Mattacks reads the words very well, but doesn't give me the feeling that he is personally engaged with the plot either.

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  • J
  • 06-06-18

Weak story, even weaker narration

Having read several books by this author, this was sadly disappointing, the plot was predictable and the narration was dire! The 'Wolverhampton' accent ranged from Liverpudlian to Mancunian via strong Birmingham (rather than Black Country)
I have made a mental note not to purchase anything by this narrator!

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Reasonably enjoyable...

This had been on my 'to listen to' pile for quite some time. Finally, I got round to listening, but felt a little underwhelmed once I'd finished.
It's an interesting enough story, but there was always a niggle in the back on my mind that things just happen to fall into place all too easily, and the ending just seems so unlikely.
That said, it was okay, and the narration was very accomplished.

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Got silly towards the end

The book starts off well enough, but it soon started to become too far fetched. Almost gave up but don’t like to do that. I was glad when it ended

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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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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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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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Enjoyed!

Really gripping and suspenseful, thoroughly believable characters. A little slow at times but would read again!

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Good story

loved this book. enjoyed the story and the audible narration. Well written for the mystery readers

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-18

sum is greater than its parts.

I loved this story and it's perfect with Halloween approaching. It was fun/scary not scary/scary. There are some real gems in Mr Edward's writing, little snippets that grab me. My favorite was (and this is from my poor memory banks) 'the tension was thick between them, like 2 scissors fighting'

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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.

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  • Jean Marie
  • 29-05-18

Amazing book !!!

Best story and narration in a long while. If you like mystery with a bit of haunted house spookyness here it is!!! Simply fantastic!!!!!

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  • CAP
  • 18-09-18

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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  • CHERYL M Clarke
  • 10-06-18

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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  • E. Marisol
  • 29-08-18

Entertaining, engaging....

This book was entertaining and kept my attention. The Narrator is excellent and it had an unpredictable plot. As an avid reader, that's all I ask. Surprised me!

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  • Debra R. Bianchi
  • 07-11-18

Entertaining, but predictable.

Very Agatha Christie, which is always a great story but I found it predictable. Similar settings, more modern of course, but a very traditional whodunnit.
The character descriptions and build up were well done.

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  • Lizzystick
  • 17-09-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-05-18

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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  • Katherine Herrmann
  • 05-09-18

Enjoyable, Unique Story

I found the overall believability of the protagonist's thoughts and actions in this book to be refreshing. While I see the value in a story told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator, the twists and turns in this story felt more impactful and well deserved and the characters more relatable than those I have seen in many books in this genre lately. I really enjoyed this book, and listened to the entire thing in a span of time far too short for me to admit.

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