The Retreat


An eco-wellness retreat has opened on an island off the coast of Devon, 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 rumoured to be cursed. DS 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 man 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 retreat – and who else is in danger? Elin must find the killer – before the island’s history starts to repeat itself.

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

The new atmospheric locked-room thriller from the author of The Sanatorium, the bestselling crime thriller debut of 2021.

This is a warning for all our guests at the wellness retreat.

A woman’s body has been found at the bottom of the cliff beneath the yoga pavilion.

We believe her death was a tragic accident, though DS Elin Warner has arrived on the island to investigate.

A storm has been forecast, but do not panic. Stick together and please ignore any rumours you might have heard about the island and its history.

As soon as the weather clears, we will arrange boats to take you back to the mainland.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Your favourite authors love The Retreat:

‘Pearse goes from strength to strength in The Retreat. The suspense inexorably builds to a stunning climax. An added treat is the return of Elin Warner, who is a fascinating character one can only root for.’ David Baldacci, No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Mercy

‘A world-class thriller writer.
Superb. Pre-order it now. ‘ Steve Cavanagh, Sunday Times bestselling author of Thirteen

‘The Retreat recalls the one-by-one nerve-shredding of Agatha Christie at her darkest. A fresh, daring, irresistible thriller.’ A. J. Finn, No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

‘A eerie, atmospheric thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder as you read. A wonderfully chilling story of grief, revenge, and family secrets. An absorbing escape!’ Ashley Audrain, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Push

‘Full of foreboding and high-stakes tension,
Sarah Pearse’s latest is a page-turner. The past doesn’t stay buried for long, at sea or on land, and what comes to the surface is both shocking and chilling.’ Nita Prose, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Maid

The Retreat was so atmospheric and hold-your-breath tense with cleverly executed twists and a finale that gave me the chills. Brilliant!’ Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Couple at No.9

And readers love The Retreat too:

‘If The Sanatorium was all about the atmosphere, The Retreat is all about the tension.’ ? ? ? ? ?

Fast paced, tense, suspenseful and unpredictable, I loved it!’ ? ? ? ? ?

‘Wow what a book!’ ? ? ? ? ?

We all fancy a spa break don’t we? Well don’t include me after reading this book. It had me hooked from start to finish.’ ? ? ? ? ?

‘Atmospheric and blisteringly exciting.’ ? ? ? ? ?

Additional information

Weight 0.587 kg
Dimensions 24.2 × 16.2 × 3.3 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K