The Retreat

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What to expect

Brought to you by Penguin.

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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They couldn’t wait to stay here.
An idyllic 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 rumored to be cursed.

But now they can’t leave.
A woman is found dead below the yoga pavilion in what seems to be a tragic fall. But DS Elin Warner soon learns that 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 the old stories about the island are true.

Because history seems to be repeating itself – and the guests might not make it home alive…

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Your favourite authors love The Retreat:

‘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 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

‘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, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Maid

And readers love The Retreat too:

‘If The Sanatorium was all about the atmosphere, The Retreat is all about the tension.’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Fast paced, tense, suspenseful and unpredictable, I loved it!’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘Wow what a book!’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

We all fancy a spa break don’t we? Well don’t include me after reading this book. It had me hooked from start to finish.’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘Atmospheric and blisteringly exciting.’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Critics Review

  • 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
  • ‘With The Retreat Sarah Pearse confirms her spot as a world-class thriller writer. I only stopped turning the pages so I could re-read a particularly fine piece of description or characterisation. Superb.’

    Steve Cavanagh, Sunday Times bestselling author of Thirteen
  • ‘This is, for my money, a better-crafted thriller than The Sanatorium and I can’t hep but cheer for an author who ramps up the creepiness at every turn.’

    Observer
  • ‘A well-written fusion of psychological thriller and whodunnit … Pearse smartly reworks Christie’s setting, making her island at once a gothic throwback, with caves and talk of a curse, and a very 21st-century escape, with green values and holistic therapy. And she’s very good on the relationships within the group as tension builds.’

    The Sunday Times
  • Sarah Pearse has expertly crafted another 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

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