Regular price: £16.69

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
OR
In Basket

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.

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    111
  • 4 Stars
    39
  • 3 Stars
    37
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    6

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    104
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    88
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    4
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story and great ending!

it was so refreshing to listen to a story that didn't have complete doom and gloom at the end. This was a satisfying story because the ending came together so well......which is very rare these days. most authors strive for shock and devastation, so it was refreshing to go through all the ups and downs as the story unfolds to feel great at the end and not deflated. Already recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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 !!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • 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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Unputdownable

Unputdownable!!!!

This is my first and most defiantly won’t be my last Mark Edwards book. I was gripped from the get go.

Lilly missing, the red widow, ghosts, love story and cliff hangers all in one story.

Not once throughout this story could I even has it as a guess as to who had murdered/kidnapped Lilly or what was going on in the retreat.

This is really a must read to anyone who loves thrillers and crime stories.

Thank you so much for writing something so gripping.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another brilliant book from mark Edwards

A gripping story, keeps you wanting to listen to the next chapter, really enjoyed this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

enjoyed this book

I very much enjoyed this story..kept me guessing all the way the end..good narration..normally the actors doing children's voices really irritate me..but this narrator was really very good..didn't annoy me at all 😆 overall a very good listen and I was sorry when it finished. recommended

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • MK
  • Manchester UK
  • 15-08-18

Good storyline.

The narrator put me off a lot although I got used to him before the end. I really enjoyed follow you home by Mark Edwards. I didn’t enjoy this one so much. Had good storyline at beginning and end I got lost in the middle a bit and usually I will rewind a lot to make sure I take everything in but I didn’t feel compelled to with this audio, but I suppose it was just not my cup of tea.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Suspenseful and great ending! Narration excellent.

Great story full of suspense, and excellent narration. I will definitely read another book by this author!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

An easy listening story

A good story, written simply helps to make this an easy to listen to book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this. Reminded me of the style of Peter James.

Loved it. Was drawn into the story and it’s very well written and well paced. If it had been released as a Peter james I’d have simply assumed it was another good story by him. It’s that well done. Don’t understand the negative reviews. This was quality writing and entertainment.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Guadalupe Gutierrez
  • 25-05-18

Wow!

Such a good book!!! So many twists and turns!! Loved it! The ending is insane, totally worth the download!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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!!! 😁😁

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing
  • 04-08-18

Brilliant

At first it was kind of weird however it got me glue to it and i don’t regret it , it was amazing 😊

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • T.A.
  • 01-08-18

So good!

Unpredictable, deliciously dark and a completely addicting story. Just the kind of mystery I’ve been craving.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tony Damiani
  • 29-07-18

One of the best!

This is one of Mark Edward's best books. He writes modern who-done-its with a Dickensian flavor that makes all his books really satisfying reads.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lovesart
  • 23-07-18

Good premise but very redundant.

I enjoyed the narrator very much. The story however could have been summed up in a more eloquent way, without all the redundant.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Luccia Gray
  • 21-07-18

Dark Thriller

A writer goes to a retreat in his parents' hometown in Wales and uncovers the mystery of two children who disappeared in the village.
This novel has a mixture of superstition, ancient legends, vengeance, crime and romance.
The main plot was neatly tied up at the end, allthough there were some loose ends and red herrings. I enjoyed the writing style and the chilling atmosphere.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • liza qaddourah
  • 19-07-18

when will it end?

did not enjoy this at all! not engaging until the last 2 chapters. and only because I just wanted to know who was behind it all!