The Retreat

Karen King

Relaxation. Recovery. Revenge…

The sunlight sparkles on the bright turquoise of the pool, next to the freshly painted house with its trailing pink flowers and terracotta roof. I feel a jolt of pride. My partner José and I have dreamed of this moment, opening our perfect home nestled in the mountains of southern Spain to its first guests for a few days of total relaxation.

We’ve worked so hard for this, pouring all our energy and our savings into renovating the old farmhouse. I’ve started over, begun a new life. This place is my escape from everything that happened before.

But a stab of fear pierces my happiness as our guests arrive and I recognise Saskia. She was my best friend many years ago… before she betrayed me. She says she’s truly sorry, and wants us to start again. Maybe she’s telling the truth – but can I really forgive her?

Then things start to go wrong when I discover our beautiful water fountain stained a deep red. It feels like a warning. And my worst fears are confirmed when I find a note in my bedroom. My heart pounds as the black capitals scream at me, revealing my terrible secret.

Saskia swears she has nothing to do with it. Which means that someone else here knows the truth about me. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their revenge…

A totally unputdownable psychological thriller packed with jaw-dropping twists. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Mark Edwards and K.L. Slater.

Readers love Karen King:

Wow!!!!!I want to say how shocked and speechless I was by that ending. No way I would’ve guessed that one. That last chapter really got me… Almost gave me a heart attack… Oh my. I couldn’t put this down and raced through all the chapters… Time literally flew… I loved every minute of it.’ Bluemoonblogger, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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FantasticThe twists and turns are HUGE!… There are plenty of fireworks!… OMG!… I was gripped by the story and couldn’t put it down!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was just mindblown by the huge plot twist at the endWhen I tell you that my jaw dropped, it really did… A cycle of plot twists kept landing and I was on edge! I just can’t and never will get over that epilogue; it felt like a bomb dropped!’ Goodreads reviewer

Wow, I absolutely loved this from start to finish! I was gripped from the first page and read it in one night! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I was completely blown away by that twist at the end!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Will have you on your toes from start to finish!… Amazing… If you are ready for a book you absolutely cannot put down, this is the ONE!!!’ Goodreads reviewer

One word – brilliant!absolutely captivatingSuper cracking read and one I’ll remember for a long time. Fabulous!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I couldn’t put it down… So compelling. I kept saying “just one more chapter,” for at least 25 chaptersI was so on edge the entire time reading this (in a good way).’ Goodreads reviewer

Suspenseful, page-turning and thrilling… when I grab a book by King, I know I’m about to pull an all nighter!… Full of suspense and the tension that left me glued to my Kindle… could not get enough of it.’ @rubie_reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time!… I read it in a day, it gripped me in from the very first page. It was full of twists and turns, I really couldn’t put it down! The ending kept me guessing right up until the very last page! 10/10.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Wow what can I say this book was amazing, it gripped me from the very first pageone of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time! The ending wow… I did not see it coming! Karen King should be on everyone’s shelf!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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