Another week begins and another opportunity to pick up a new book. As always, I’m featuring a book I’m currently reading. This week I’m knee deep in one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I discovered this author on another blog, and I’m so thankful I took on a chance on it. I’ve already bought his previous book since this one is so good.
Mark Edwards is an English writer of psychological thrillers. His newest one, The Retreat, is set in a fictional Welsh town at a writers retreat.
A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.
Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.
Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.
When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…
What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?
I’m in the homestretch of this novel, and it’s been a page turner from beginning to end. At turns scary and mysterious, there’s a hint of the supernatural, a little bit of romance, and a lot of gothic suggestion. I’ve loved reading it, and I can’t wait to get to Mark Edwards’s next novel (currently queued up on my nightstand).
Here’s another read you might consider this week.
Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction.
What if you could pay someone to take away your sorrow?
In the middle ages people believed a mother mourning her child could “sell her sorrow” by selling a nail from her child’s coffin to a traveling peddler.
Lady Celeste is overwhelmed with grief when her son dies. Desperate for relief, she begs a passing peddler to buy her sorrow. Jean, the cynical peddler she meets, is nobody’s fool; he insists she include her ruby ring along with the nail in return for his coin. A strange but welcome forgetfulness comes over Celeste when the transaction is completed – until she learns that without her wedding ring her husband may set her aside, leaving her ruined. She embarks on an urgent journey to retrieve it. But how will she find the peddler and convince him to give up the precious ruby ring?
What are you reading this week?