The Retreat

The Retreat

The new top ten Sunday Times bestseller from the author of The Sanatorium

Summary

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

The addictive new thriller from the global bestselling author of The Sanatorium.
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An eco-wellness retreat has opened on an island off the coast of Devon, 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 rumoured to be cursed.

DS Elin Warner is called to the retreat when a young woman's body is found on the rocks below the yoga pavilion, in what seems to be a tragic fall. But the victim wasn't a guest - she wasn't meant to be on the island at all.

When a man drowns in a diving incident the following day, Elin starts to suspect that there's nothing accidental about these deaths. But why would someone target the retreat - and who else is in danger?

Elin must find the killer - before the island's history starts to repeat itself . . .

PRAISE FOR SARAH PEARSE:

'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

Reviews

  • 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

About the author

Sarah Pearse

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 second thriller, The Retreat, published in July 2022 and became an instant Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahVPearse and Instagram @sarahpearseauthor
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