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Publisher's Summary

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium, a Reese’s Book Club pick, here, Detective Elin Warner uncovers the truth behind the suspicious deaths on a stunning island getaway

“The suspense inexorably builds to a stunning climax.”
—David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Long Shadows

They couldn’t wait to stay here.

An idyllic wellness retreat has opened on an island off the English coast, promising rest and relaxation—but the island itself, known locally as Reaper’s Rock, has a dark past. Once the playground of a serial killer, it’s rumored to be cursed.

But now they can’t leave.

A young woman is found dead below the yoga pavilion in what seems to be a tragic fall. But Detective Elin Warner soon learns the victim wasn’t a guest—she wasn’t meant to be on the island at all.

And they would do anything to escape.

The longer Elin stays, the more secrets she uncovers. And when someone else drowns in a diving incident, Elin begins to suspect that there’s nothing accidental about these deaths. But why would someone target the guests at this luxury resort? Elin must find the killer—before the island’s history starts to repeat itself.

Most came to recharge and refresh. But someone’s here for revenge.

©2022 Sarah Pearse (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A riveting, twisty page-turner . . . Readers of Pearse’s earlier book or Ruth Ware’s suspense novels will be hard-pressed to put down this atmospheric, sometimes creepy novel.”
—Library Journal (starred review)

“Full of foreboding and high-stakes tension, Sarah Pearse's latest is a page-turner. The past doesn't stay buried for long, at sea or on land, and what comes to the surface is both shocking and chilling.” —Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid 

“Pearse goes from strength to strength in The Retreat. The suspense inexorably builds to a stunning climax. An added treat is the return of Elin Warner, who is a fascinating character one can only root for.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dream Town 

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Just felt boring

I couldn't get into this, kept going and doing other things. That's when I know it isn't good. Maybe a narrator that doesn't sound like a breathy whisper

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Slightly different retelling of The Sanatorium

Fine story but it’s essentially the sanatorium set at the beach. No characters are like-able, and that’s fine but it makes the plot dull. The story it trying too hard to be suspenseful, which ironically causes it to lose what would otherwise make it interesting.

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not as good as the first one

I had high hopes for this sequel. However, there were too many similarities between the story in the first one and the second. There were also too many characters to keep track of.

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Just ok

Narration was very good but the story was a little lacking. So many characters to try to remember and it’s not clear on their level of significance. Kind of a boring “twist”. Not a very satisfying ending. Good enough to finish but don’t waste a credit on it

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Entertaining but we are not idiots

Slow beginning interesting middle and terrible ending. The plot is weak and importantly, unrealistic for a modern thriller. To those who gave raving reviews: how can you explain that a beaten up woman with a gunshot wound in her arm can pin down a large angry vengeful man? How can you explain that despite many murders there is no police reinforcement sent to the island? These and many more… Entertaining but we are not idiots!

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Too much psychologizing

The plot is intriguing and the scene setting is vivid and effective, but the novel is dragged down by the characters' endless ruminations on their own psychology and relationships. This is not the way a really gifted writer portrays her characters. (The narration, however, is much better than the writing.)

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Sarah Pearse is amazing

It is hard to say too much without giving any spoilers. If you have read the Sanatorium this is a must listen. I will also leave this warning....sometimes the devil you should fear most is the one you see in the mirror.

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DNF: formulaic, not original

I enjoyed the author's first book, The Sanitorium, but didn't realize it was the beginning of a series featuring the same detective. At first, that was okay, but then I started to notice some narrative parallels to book one: another piece of emotional baggage from the past pops up to make the main character doubt herself, the focus on a remote setting with a creepy past, the external forces isolating the detective from the mainland and forcing her to lead the investigation herself, etc. It's not bad, necessarily, but it was more formulaic than I'd hoped. I also found the investigation to be too easy, with clues everywhere, and the B plot to be unimaginative. Added to this, the narrator, who did fine in The Sanitorium, didn't vary her vocal styling for different characters, making it tough to tell them apart. All in all, a DNF for me.

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Excellent

The book was incredible,from page one until the end.
Love this author,she is an amazing writer.
Hope everyone enjoys ,this book as much as I did.

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Hard to pay attention to the narrator

The narrator's voice is lovely, but she was almost too soothing to listen to.

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