Title: The Retreat by Sherri Smith
Date Published: 13th August 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Sherri Smith illuminates the dark side of the self-care and wellness industry in a thrilling ride of revenge perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers.
Katie Manning was a beloved child star until her mid-teens when her manager attacked and permanently scarred her face, effectively ending her career and sending her on a path of all-too-familiar post-Hollywood self-destruction.
Now twenty-seven, Katie wants a better answer to those clickbait “Where Are They Now?” articles that float around online. An answer she hopes to find when her brother’s too-good-to-be-true fiancée invites her to a wellness retreat upstate. Together with Katie’s two best friends—one struggling with crippling debt and family obligations, one running away from a failed job and relationship—Katie will try to find the inner peace promised at the tranquil retreat. But finding oneself just might drudge up more memories than Katie is prepared to deal with.
Each woman has come to the retreat for different reasons. Each has her secrets to hide. And at the end of this weekend, only one will be left standing.
Kate Manning is a trouble child star who thinks a wellness retreat, suggested by her brother’s fiancée Ellie, my be just the cure for her car crash of a life. She invites her two best friends, Carmen and Ariel.
When they get there everything quickly turns into a nightmare, until there is only one left standing.
The Retreat is slow burn psychological thriller with a hint of menace and plenty of creepiness running throughout.
Each of the characters were interesting, each with some secret they’re hiding. Ellie seems too perfect, Ariel is running away from something, Kate is struggling, drinking too much and Carmen desperately needs money to help her family survive. None of them are particularly likeable but I think it works well for this story.
Fair warning there is a fair bit of drug use/sexual scenes scattered throughout the novel which I know some readers may not like.
Then there was the ending. I personally didn’t think it was all that surprising which was a shame because the rest of the story was quite gripping.
Overall The Retreat was creepy and compelling psychological thriller that I’d recommend for fans of this genre.
About The Author:
Sherri Smith has previously written two historical fiction novels for Simon & Schuster UK. When not writing she spends time with her family, three rescue dogs and restores vintage furniture that would otherwise be destined for the dump. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada where the long, cold winters nurture her dark side. FOLLOW ME DOWN (Forge Books, March 2017) is her first thriller.