Sarah Pearse

The Retreat
  • The Retreat

  • Most are here to recharge and refresh.
    But someone's here for revenge . . .

    The new atmospheric locked-room thriller from the author of The Sanatorium, the bestselling crime thriller debut of 2021.

    This is a warning for all our guests at the wellness retreat.

    A woman's body has been found at the bottom of the cliff beneath the yoga pavilion.

    We believe her death was a tragic accident, though DS Elin Warner has arrived on the island to investigate.

    A storm has been forecast, but do not panic. Stick together and please ignore any rumours you might have heard about the island and its history.

    As soon as the weather clears, we will arrange boats to take you back to the mainland.

    In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your stay.

    '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, No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Mercy

    'A world-class thriller writer. Superb. Pre-order it now. ' Steve Cavanagh, Sunday Times bestselling author of Thirteen

    'The Retreat recalls the one-by-one-by-one nerve-shredding of Agatha Christie at her darkest. A fresh, daring, irresistible thriller.' A. J. Finn, No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

    'A eerie, atmospheric thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder as you read. A wonderfully chilling story of grief, revenge, and family secrets. An absorbing escape!' Ashley Audrain, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Push

    'Sarah Pearse is an expert at building tension and then holding us suspended until we're on our last nerve. The Retreat is utterly thrilling and destined to be yet another must-read from the queen of the murderous holiday read.' Nita Prose, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Maid


    'This spine-tingling, atmospheric thriller has it all . . . A must-read.' Richard Osman, bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club

    'An absolutely splendid Gothic thriller.' A. J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

    'An addictive, creepy and twisting read.' Stylist

    'Dark, suspenseful and downright chilling . . . it had me on the edge of my seat from the first page.' Sally Hepworth, author of The Mother-in-Law

    'A mix of whodunnit and psychological thriller with hints of horror, this fine debut [...] is smartly structured and often powerful.' Sunday Times

    'A chillingly vivid thriller in a fantastic setting.' T M Logan, bestselling author of The Holiday

    'A menacing, creepy debut [...] echoes of Hitchcock and du Maurier.' Daily Mail

    'An eerie atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.' Reese Witherspoon, for Reese's Book Club

Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of households brands before following her passion for writing. Her experiences living in the Swiss Alps in her early twenties inspired her acclaimed debut novel, The Sanatorium, which was an instant No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback, and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Her eagerly anticipated next thriller, The Retreat, will be published in Spring 2022. You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahVPearse and Instagram @sarahpearseauthor

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