Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Sarah Pearse’s The Retreat.
Massive thank you to Holly Minter of Transworld Books for my advanced e-copy of The Retreat which I received through Netgalley.
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.
What Did I Think?
An island with a dark history of murder rebranded to feature a luxury retreat? What could possibly go wrong? Well, we wouldn’t be hear without a murder would we? Is the killer back to continue their bloodthirsty desires or something else afoot?!
Enter DS Elin Warner. Her trip to the Sanatorium didn’t cure her of her problems, but maybe the Retreat will help? Obviously there are questions whether she can cope and yet again she has a personal connection to the deadly location, this time through her long-suffering boyfriend. I warmed to Elin after her last chilly trip. She’s not the confident detective you often get in crime thrillers but she’s got the grit and determination to get involved.
Now the mishmash group at the Retreat are an interesting bunch, sisters, partners, friends. But the dynamic isn’t quite right and there is tension between them, especially when the first body is found. And as the story unfolded, I was desperate to know what tension-causing secrets were being kept!
Pearse whipped a very stormy climax as Elin pursued the killer acros the island. I didn’t realise I was holding my breath until I turned the final electronic page. This is one police procedural on location where the island plays its part in the tension and story.
Who Is 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 next thriller, The Retreat, will be published in Spring 2022.
You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahVPearse and Instagram @sarahpearseauthor