The Setting: Nyth Bran, a writer's retreat in North Wales
The Main Characters:
JULIA -- the owner of Nyth Bran who's still grieving the disappearance of her young daughter, Lily.
LUCAS RADCLIFFE -- a horror writer who's working on his next book...or trying to anyway.
MAX, SUZI, and KAREN -- the other writers at the retreat.
ZARA SULLIVAN -- the private detective Lucas hires to look into Lily's disappearance.
The Mystery: Three years ago, eight-year-old Lily disappeared along the River Dee. Most assumed she drowned, but her body was never found. Did her disappearance have anything to do with the legend of the Red Widow? Did a stranger take her? Or is she still alive as her mother believes? Her disappearance is not the only mystery at Nyth Bran. Strange things have been happening at night: a girl's voice singing, an unexplained smell of fear, and a whispered warning, "You're not welcome here!" Are Lucas and the others being haunted by Lily's ghost? Or by something more sinister? And what is watching Lucas and Julia from down in the woods?
My Thoughts: This is a tangled and twisty, compelling and eerie mystery. I didn't guess where it was headed, but I happily went along for the ride. It's entertaining; and it's a page-turner! Lucas was my favorite character, but maybe that's because I've always been drawn to characters who are writers. I also really liked the way Mark Edwards writes. I'd definitely read him again. The Retreat is a fun R.I.P. read.
I enjoyed reading this one! The atmospheric setting and the creepy elements all made this a very gripping read. Definitely unputdownable!ReplyDelete
Yes! Such a good read. Have you read any of his other books?Delete
No, this is the first book I read by this author. After reading this I'll have to check out his other books. ;)Delete
Sounds like an author you are going to enjoy!ReplyDelete
He's one I'd definitely read again! :)Delete
I love books that keep me guessing. This one sounds creepy, but so good! :)ReplyDelete
I thought it was a good mystery/suspense novel. :)Delete
I really love it when you don't know where a suspenseful novel is heading. It is hard to do that as a writer I think, particularly for readers like you who read a lot! :DReplyDelete
I hadn't thought of that, but you're right. When you read a lot you do see a lot of plots coming, don't you?Delete
It's always fun to be surprised. I drives me nuts when I see the reveal coming a mile away.ReplyDelete
I hate that, too. Especially when the characters don't have a clue...and should.Delete
Twisty goodness you were happy to follow to the end? Count me in!ReplyDelete
Edwards' writing is very readable. And I did not guess what the truth was until it was revealed.Delete
:) Sounds like a winner!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed it. :)Delete
Hi Lark, you've really got me interested and what a great setting, a writer's retreat in North Wales. Page turning novels require real talent and so I am checking this one out.ReplyDelete
There's a lot to like about this one! :DDelete
Oooh, this sounds like a good one. I'm definitely going to check it out!ReplyDelete
Hope you like it! :)Delete
I keep running across this author, but I've not ever read any of his books. I'm going to check this one out because it sounds like one I'd enjoy. Thanks for featuring it!ReplyDelete
He's an author I would definitely try again. :)Delete
Ooh I love how eerie this sounds!ReplyDelete
Seemed like a good book for this time of year. :)Delete
I want this one! Sounds beautifully eerie and mysterious!ReplyDelete
I liked it. :)Delete
You are luring me in with "eerie"!ReplyDelete
This sounds wonderful! I'm wondering if there's any romance between Lucas and Julia?ReplyDelete
There is a little romance. :) But the mystery is the main focus.Delete
Yes! Downloaded a copy. :)Delete
I've read one of his books before and really liked it so this needs to go on my list!ReplyDelete
He's a good writer, isn't he?Delete
Lark, I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. I have to admit to being a fan of Mark Edwards' books - they are usually pretty twisty :) Great review!!ReplyDelete
I liked that I didn't guess the twist because sometimes I do. Which other books of his have you read? :)Delete
Another great October read. I love a good twisty eerie tale.ReplyDelete
Me, too. :DDelete
This looks really promising. I like the setting, and I'm always in mood for a good mystery.ReplyDelete
I think you'd like this one. :)Delete