The Retreat by Sarah Pearse – Review | Blog Tour

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium, a Reese’s Book Club Pick, detective Elin Warner’s second outing, as she uncovers the truth behind the suspicious deaths on a stunning island getaway.


Most are here to recharge and refresh. But someone’s here for revenge. . .

An eco-wellness retreat has opened on an island off the English coast, promising rest and relaxation—but the island itself, known locally as Reaper’s Rock, has a dark past. Once the playground of a serial killer, it’s rumored to be cursed.

Detective Elin Warner is called to the retreat when a young woman’s body is found on the rocks below the yoga pavilion in what seems to be a tragic fall. But the victim wasn’t a guest—she wasn’t meant to be on the island at all.

When a guest drowns in a diving incident the following day, Elin starts to suspect that there’s nothing accidental about these deaths. But why would someone target the guests, and who else is in danger?

Elin must find the killer—before the island’s history starts to repeat itself . .

The Retreat by Sarah Pearse - Review | Blog Tour
The Retreat by Sarah Pearse – Review | Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Detective Elin Warner is called to investigate the seemingly natural death of a young woman in an eco-wellness retreat situated on an island off the English coast. When another guest dies, Elin suspects there is more to it. Will she be able to find the killer in time?

I found The Retreat by Sarah Pearse a brilliant thriller.

A secluded eco-wellness retreat situated on an island with a grim past makes for a dangerously claustrophobic setting.

Pearse milks this setting to the hilt by adding in a tumultuous storm that cuts off the island from the civilization making it a perfect place for a killer’s sinister plans to be executed.

The book is fast-paced and provides an alternating points of view of Hana and Elin. This coupled with the fact that almost every chapter ended with a revelation or a twist rooted me on the spot. I raced through the pages to get down to the bottom of the mystery.

Elin suffers from anxiety attacks yet she does not let that deter her from going after the killer.

However, The Retreat is not just Elin’s story. It’s also Hana and Maya and Bea and Jo’s story.

Three siblings and a childhood friend promise to always be with each other. But as the story progresses, one person’s selfishness destroys the bond between them and doles out so much grief to all of them.

The nail-biting climax is the cherry on the top, however, the final twist in the end was unexpected.

If you love a page-turning locked room mystery, go for it.

The Retreat by Sarah Pearse - book cover
The Retreat by Sarah Pearse


Genre: Mystery/Thriller || Published on 21st July 2022 by Bantam / Transworld

Favorite Quotes

It’s been one of the hardest things after his death itself – that feeling of being alone at the time you needed people the most.

The Retreat by Sarah Pearse

It didn’t do you any good to be on your own. Too much time to think.

The Retreat by Sarah Pearse

Many thanks to Anne Cater @ Random Things Tours for inviting me to this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.

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Sarah Pearse
Sarah Pearse

Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of households brands before following her passion for writing.

Her experiences living in the Swiss Alps in her early twenties inspired her acclaimed debut novel, The Sanatorium, which was an instant No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback, and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

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