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Review The Retreat by Mark Edwards

36156752A 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.

First, I would like to thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for supplying me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I admit I have not heard of Mark Edwards prior to noticing his newest title on the NetGalley catalog. After a quick read of other members’ general opinion on the author’s previous novels, which was indeed positive, I decided The Retreat was a worthwhile ARC. Much to my embarrassment, it has taken me quite some times until I started The Retreat and I regret its postponement since it proved to be a fine psychological thriller I would recommend to any lovers of this popular genre.

In short, The Retreat is written in the psychological thriller aesthetic intertwined with horror nuances as well as a little romance. The style of writing employed by Edwards is rich in vocabulary, thus showcasing his descriptive skills as well as comprehensive knowledge of subjects utilized in the composition of The Retreat, yet it is still digestible and pleasant. The plot is primarily told from Lucas’ perspective, a best-selling horror novelist who comes back to his birthplace, Nyth Bran, to spend time and write a new book at a writers’ retreat owned by Julia, a woman who has experienced great suffering because of her daughter Lily’s mysterious disappearance and immediate drowning of her husband in the river in which he searched for Lily two years ago. Lucas has not been aware of the tragic background of Julia’s family or knowledgeable about the Red Widow myth circulating around the village and interfering with the locals’ existence. He is awestruck when he realizes the correspondence between Lily’s vanishing and the themes of his bestseller and being driven by curiosity as well as sympathy for Julia, he decides to delve into villagers’ lives and local myths and past events. In addition to chapters narrated by Lucas, The Retreat comprises a few glimpses of Lily’s life preceding her unsolved vanishing.

The architecture of the narrative is intricate and the mystery unfolds in a suspenseful fashion. There is a myriad of smoothly integrated elements of psychological thriller and horror, some somewhat reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s mysteries, in my opinion: the eerie and atmospheric setting represented by Nyth Bran and the writers’ retreat, the folklore, the river symbolism, a secret society, an apparent medium, the dubious and highly gullible villagers. The explanatory revelation is satisfying and equally thought-provoking and disturbing, in the sense that it makes you dwell on the mankind’s credulousness and inability to separate sometimes good from bad as well as myth from reality when it is imperative to do so. The final scene is bone-chilling and interpretable, leaving you hanging in the air. Overall, I enjoyed thoroughly The Retreat and I am looking forward to reading other psychological thrillers written by Mark Edwards.

I would like to end this review with a wise phrase from the author:

The more people we can turn on to the joy of reading, the better the world will be.

Rating:
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Books to read & Movies to watch

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Hey, coltisori.  Azi la rubrica What to read & What to watch  va prezint o serie de carti care este perfecta pentru fanii serialelor The Walking Dead  si Fear the walking dead si anume seria  si un serial japonez pe care l-am inceput aseara si mi-a placut enorm.

Book:

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Seria The White Rabbit Chronicles de Gena Showalter .

Primul volum se numeste Alice in Zombieland si este introducerea lui Alice in lumea  zombilor dupa ce familia ei este ucisa .

Pe parcursul celor 4 carti , personajele se diversifica si cu siguranta va veti indragosti de Cole Holland. Ador sarcasmul lui !

Am gasit pe site-ul autoarei Gena Showalter o nota de la Cole  care poate va convinge sa cititi seria ( din pacate nu este publicata in romana  ). Si daca nici nota nu va convinge, Gena si l-a imaginat pe Cole asa :

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A Note From Cole

I know what you want.  It’s long…it’s hard…

It’s the answer to this question: Did Ali and I have sex?

Let me sip hot cocoa and tell you all about our intimate moments in…never.

Fine, you say.  Do you, Cole Holland, die in the end?

Doesn’t everyone?  Let’s face it.  Death is hereditary.

Do you have to be such a smartass, you ask.

Finally, a question I like.

I lead a team of zombie slayers.  If I falter, they fall.  If I take a wrong turn, they end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.  If I lose focus, even for a second, they lose everything.  I’m a product of war.  I am what the battles have made me.  Rough, as unbreakable as titanium, distanced.

But even leaders can succumb to temptation.  Ali is mine.  She is everything I never knew I needed—and her life is now in danger.  Again.

Several weeks ago, I almost lost her to Z-poisoning.  But she healed, and I thought all would be well.   I thought wrong.  I can sense something on the horizon, drawing closer and closer.  It’s dark, cloying.

It’s a battle we may not win.

But I’m not going to worry about that now.  I can’t.  Fear is not a good look for me.  I delve into stupid.  I start punching walls.  I–

–Ali enters my room, shutting the door with extreme care, producing a soft snicker no one else will notice.  It’s obvious she wants to be alone with me.  Uninterrupted.

I’m sitting on the edge of the bed, and I’m attuned to her in an instant.  She is beautiful, the only ray of sunshine in a life as black as pitch.

She smiles at me as she approaches, and I swear my heart actually skips a beat.

Yes, I’m whipped.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“What are you doing?” she asks.

Now?  “Thinking you need to walk faster.”

She quickens her pace.  When she’s standing in front of me, her smile is wider, the sparkle in her baby blues brilliant.  “I’ll take that to mean you missed me.”

“Always.”  Take my heart, take my lungs, but don’t ever take her.  I place my hands on her hips, amazed as always.  She appears so fragile, so delicate, feels that way, too, and yet she is one of the strongest people I’ve ever met.  “I was seconds away from sending out a search party.”

“You wouldn’t have found me,” she says, running her fingers through my hair.  “I was hiding from Nana, aka the Make Out Police.”

“Hate to break it to you, love, but I can find you anywhere, anytime.  I’m good like that.  But if ever you need another hiding place, I’d like to suggest my bed.”

She snorts.  “Are you kidding?  That’s the first place she’ll look!”

“My closet floor?”

“Good idea.  I’ll go there now.”  She pulls away.

I grab hold of her wrist to keep her right where she is, and she laughs.  Teasing me is her favorite sport.

“I think you should at least try the bed,” I say.  “Because you’ll be more comfortable.”

“I love how you put my comfort above everything.”

“I’m an amazing boyfriend,” I deadpan.  “I’ll even stay here with you.  You know, to protect you.”

She leans down, nibbles on my ear, and whispers, “I’m requesting hands on protection.”

See?  Temptation.  “That’s the only kind I offer.”

She places one knee on the mattress, then the other, so that she straddles me, her weight resting on my thighs.  “Can you guess what I’m going to do to you?”

“Kill me?”

She laughs, and it’s a magical sound.  “Kill you with kindness, maybe.”

“Screw that.  Kill me with pleasure.”

Her fingers wind around my nape, and she draws me forward to nip at my bottom lip.  “Now that I can do.”

-In a blink, I’m alone.  I’m still sitting on my bed…still writing this letter.

A vision, I realize.  I’d had it several times before.  Maybe because I want it to come true more than I want to take my next breath.

And then I hear a soft snicker at the door.  I turn and look, anticipation already filling me.

Ali enters the room.

I smile, the blood in my veins heating.

“What are you doing?” she asks.

Sorry, guys, but this is where I tell you goodbye.

Until next time.  Or never.

Cole

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Movie

Pe Netflix sunt o multime de sriale coreene si japoneze si dupa un maraton Fear the Walking Dead (l-am dat gata in 3 zile) aveam nevoie de ceva sweet  si nestiind ce sa aleg, am inchis ochii , am apasat butonul telecomenzii si  Good Morning Call a fost the lucky one.

Good Morning Call este un serial japonez ( exista si manga ) care spune povestea a doi liceeni care in urma unei inselatorii, ajung sa imparta acelasi apartament.

El e mereu grumpy, ea super happy .El e foarte popular printre sexul feminin, ea este mai mult pe partea celor ce nu iasa in evidenta.

Am vazut doar doua episoade pentru ca aveam o carte de terminat de citit , dar mi-a placut enorm ce am vazut. Si se pare ca luna aceasta apare , cel putin pe Netflix, sezonul 2. Mai jos este un mic trailer .Sper sa va placa.

Cam atat pentru aceasta vineri. Va astept si vinerea viitoare la Book to read & Movies to watch.

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Books to read, Movies to watch

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Hey, coltisori.  Incepand de astazi, in fiecare vineri am sa va prezint o carte si un film/serial care trebuie sa se regasesca  si pe lista voastra. Sper sa va placa rubrica si o sa incerc sa fac recomandarile cat mai diversificate.

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Am ales o carte proaspat publicata la Editura Nemira pentru ca este una dintre cartile care nu trebuie sa lipseasca din biblioteca , in cazul in care sunteti fani fantasy. Autoarea Victoria Schwab este una dintre preferatele mele cand vine vorba de lumi magnifice create si cu siguranta o s-o indragiti si voi, in cazul in care nu v-ati intalnit inca cu stilul ei in Acest cantec neimblanzit  aparuta la Editura Herg Benet ( Duetul nostru intunecat este recent publicata ).

Sper sa va placa Partea intunecata a magiei pentru ca este o carte de 5 stele!

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Intr-un univers guvernat de magie exista mai multe Londre: Rosie, Gri, Alba si, in trecut, una Neagra.

Kell este ultimul dintre Antari, magicieni care pot calatori intre lumile paralele. A crescut in Londra Rosie si este mesagerul oficial pentru afacerile cu sangeroasa Londra Alba si cu Londra Gri, cea fara de magie.  Neoficial insa, Kell e un contrabandist pasionat de artefacte din alte lumi Lila, o hoata care bantuite in travesti strazile Londrei Gri si viseaza sa ajunga pirat, ii fura un obiect magic extrem de periculos. Initial dusmani, Kell si Lila sunt nevoiti sa se ajute unul pe altul cand isi dau seama ca au intrat intr-o conspiratie mortala.

Movie/TvShow

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La film/serial am ales un serial coreean pe care inca nu l-am vazut , dar planuiesc pentru ca am auzit numai pareri pozitive si sunt sigura ca nu o sa fiu dezamagita. Cam de vreo 4-5 luni am inceput sa urmaresc seriale coreene aka kdramas si inca nu am vazut foarte multe. Anyway, am gasit o traducere a descrierii serialului pe pagina Anykutza  pe care am preluat-o ( puteti urmari pe pagina serialul cu subtitrare in romana) .

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Kim Shin este un goblin care este blestemat sa fie nemuritor si isi foloseste puterile pentru a-i ajuta pe altii. El traieste impreuna cu un Inger al Mortii, care are amnezie si nu-si poate aminti trecutul.
Pentru a-si termina nemurirea, Shin trebuie sa caute o mireasa umana, care sa-i poata scoate sabia din piept si sa-l transforme in cenusa. O intalneste pe Ji Eun Tak, o eleva de liceu care, in ciuda realitatii dureroasa, ramane optimista si sfarseste prin a se indragosti de Goblin. Ea lucreaza pentru Sunny, proprietara unui mic restaurant , care este o fata luminoasa si atractiva, iubita de toti oamenii. Cu toate acestea, cand il intalneste pe Ingerul Mortii, incepe sa se schimbe.
Sper ca v-a placut aceasta noua rubrica si va astept si vinerea viitoarea la Books to Read & Movies  to watch .
Pupici!
Julia