I have to say to start that I love this cover. It is dark and brooding and I’d love to be in that house on top of the hill. The Retreat is the second book in the Detective Elin Warner series although both books stand alone. The first book, The Sanatorium was a Reese’s Book Club Pick and I enjoyed it so I was anxious to listen to this one as well.
The Retreat finds Elin on an island retreat off the English coast. The retreat has a dark past , once being home to a serial killer. Elin is called there after a young woman’s body is found on the rocks below the yoga pavilion. At first Elin believes it to just be a tragic fall but then another guest drowns the next day. Of course it can’t be a coincidence. Something is going on and Elin begins to investigate. Why is someone targeting the guests? Can it be another serial killer?
I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden. She is one of my favourites and narrated the first book as well. I know I’m in for a treat when I see she is the narrator. I love listening to her and she always makes a book that much better with how she portrays the characters and brings a story to life.
I enjoyed The Retreat although I think I’m still more fond of The Sanatorium. I adore the settings of these novels so Im looking forward to the third book to see where it takes Elin and her investigations. If you want a good mystery to immerse yourself in pick up The Retreat and be sure to add The Sanatorium to your reading list as well!
Review copy provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.