Heading to a retreat in the middle of nowhere to practice wellness stuff. Yoga by the lakeside, massages, no phones – sounds like paradise, right?
Well, paradise until someone turns up dead.
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Title: The Retreat
Author: Sherri Smith
Page count: 429
Each woman has come to the retreat for different reasons. Each has her secrets to hide. And at the end of this weekend, only one will be left standing.
Childhood star, Katie Manning, needs to start again. Since a horrific attack that scarred her face, essentially ending her career in a beauty driven industry, she’s been struggling to face exactly who she is. So, after agreeing to head off to a spiritual retreat with her brother’s fiancee, Ellie, she turns it into a girls get together, inviting her College best friends Carmen and Ariel.
But, as the retreat comes to a head, only one of them is left standing.
Twist after twist after twist.
Daaammn, this is one twisty book! From the reveal of the true identity of the killer to how Katie’s face became scarred, The Retreat really made me question what was going on. I did spot who the killer was relatively early on, but I absolutely didn’t piece together the why – it’s a brilliant twist!
The ending itself is just phenomenal. All of sudden, everything just goes to shit and you’re just there for the ride.
All the characters but Ellie are a bit annoying… But it’s meant to be that way.
They’re obnoxious, clingy and just exactly the type of person I usually avoid – and that’s perfect for The Retreat. Katie, in particular, goes on a mega journey and the ending teases a shift in perspective.
The side characters are also fabulous! In fact, there were times when I’d up my reading speed until I got to a point where they got involved a bit. Marie is a personal favourite of mine.
My one complaint? It ends a bit too abruptly.
I love hearing about the aftermath of murders. It wouldn’t make sense to have police within The Retreat, but a bit more around the press coverage once Katie gets back to the city or even a “five years later” chapter where you see the impact.
The book ends on a positive but, after quite a dark section, I was craving a bit more of a positive outlook.
Have you read The Retreat? Or does it sound like your type of book? Let me know in the comments below!