The Retreat

One-Minute Book Review

Tone

Creepy, yet skeptical.

Writing Style

Straightforward, simple. Gets the point across without embellishment.

Setting

A writer’s retreat in Wales.

Main Characters

Lucas: A writer basking in recent success, grieving the loss of his girlfriend and suffering from writer’s block. Tenacious, practical, knight-in-shining-armor.

Julia: Illustrator and mother, grieving the loss of her husband and daughter two years prior. Runs writer’s retreat. Strong, determined, damsel-in-distress.

Plot & Pacing

Lucas joins a writer’s retreat to finally start his new book, where he becomes obsessed with the tragic past of the retreat’s owner, whose husband and daughter drowned in a river two years before. Quick pacing as Lucas delves into the mystery and gets himself and others into loads of trouble.

Themes

The danger of believing in stories without verifying their accuracy.

Overall Impression

Very well written. A complicated and creepy mystery, told with dash of skepticism.

Rating

Four stars.

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