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The Retreat

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Here at ‘The Retreat’, we follow the happenings of a dry run week at an exclusive Spa. . The owners, Jose and Eva, have spent money, time, and heart, into creating and building an escape.

Of course, with the list of guests set to arrive we will have a story filled with more stress than rest. I like a story where the drama and action hit you hard and fast. The prologue itself was ‘Wow.’

Karen King, writes well developed characters whom are surrounded by a well described
and beautiful setting. Though the plot was a bit far fetched at times, it was a solid read. The ending was good, loose ends wrapped up, and the drama sorted out.

If you are looking for an entertaining and quick read, ‘The Retreat’ will not disappoint.

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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I found this book to be quite slow, but I am an impatient reader. I wanted more to happen, and for me it didn't hit the spot, but other more patient readers may well be fine with the pace of the book. The story was fine, so it was a mixed bag for me.

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Two things first:

1. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for allowing me an advanced reader copy of this book to review. It was the first I have so far been blessed to receive, and I enjoyed it even more than I expected to!

2. Thank you Karen King for writing a whodunit book with all the suspense all the way through - but also, all the answers. I won’t give away any spoilers because that’s not my style, but it means a lot to me to reach the end of a book and realise that nothing was left unclear or confusing.

‘The Retreat’ follows the happenings of the trial week of a health retreat hosted by a couple named José and Eva, who have poured their heart, soul, and life savings into creating an epic escape for people from around the world to sink into in Southern Spain.

It goes without saying that thanks to this first lot of guests, the health and wellness retreat is more eventful than it is restful - but like any good thriller, the drama draws you in immediately.

With a powerful prologue, a stunning setting, and a collection of very well-developed characters, ‘The Retreat’ brings plenty of plot - and hand on heart, had me hooked until the very last page.

While there were moments for me where the story felt far fetched, it was never not believable or interesting. In fact, I was so keen to find out the source and reason for the revenge written about in the description, that I devoured the entire thing in just two sittings.

If you’re after a book you won’t be able to put down, I highly recommend giving this a go.

‘The Retreat’ will not let you down!

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publishing team for providing this book to me, for free, for review.

I went into this not having high hopes, admittedly. I suppose I judged a book by it's cover. But holy moly, am I glad I read through this book.

I will say it starts a little slow, but I was captured early on. This book is action packed, full of twists and turns. I asked myself the whole time "whodoneit?" Certainly, one of my suspects ended up being the culprit, but it was still really fun and I enjoyed the ride.

I read this book in a few hours. I was engrossed. I am so excited to read Karen's other work, which I will be purchasing on my own.

A lot of what makes a good book, to me, is readability. I can definitely see myself reading this book again, and also recommending it to friends.

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This is a really good thriller. I felt like I was transported to Spain when I was reading the book.
The characters kept me engaged and the plot was intriguing.
A great read and one that I’d recommend.

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This is quite an intriguing thriller but it is a bit drawn out. The setting of a wellness retreat is interesting and I liked the two main characters. It does keep you guessing and there are plenty of surprises.

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The Retreat by Karen King is a great thriller and a fresh plot for the genre too. Does R&R stand for rest and relaxation or rage and revenge? When a couple opens their wellness lodge in the mountainside of Spain things do not go as planned. Is someone out to ruin their dream of opening a health retreat or something worse? I loved the setting of the Spanish Countryside - I could visualize the lovely villa and its surroundings. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the mystery until the end. I’ll definitely look for more books by Karen King.

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This book made me want to pack my bags and move to Spain. I loved the main couple, but the other characters came off too cartoon-y to me. Besides the setting, it took too long for something to happen and then when it did it was not salacious enough for me. Almost DNF.

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For all the whodunit fans this book was made for you. I enjoyed the retreat setting as I feel like that enclosed space just adds to the suspense of the book. I was hooked from the first page to the last. I tried my hardest to solve the mystery while I was reading and boy the ending didn’t see that coming.

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I will never understand why a woman who isn't married to a man would pour herself into building his dream. This gal spends her time and money helping her hot Spanish boyfriend build his retreat. He inherited the building from his grandparents. He grows veggies and cooks and she teaches wellness classes and yoga.
They are finally ready to open and do a special for six people; two couples, his estranged cousin, and her former best friend.
She's got trauma in her past and asks the friend not to tell anyone.
I knew this was gonna be a disaster when homeboy asked the guests to make sure the gate is closed because the goats would ruin the garden. Of course your guests are going to be careless! They don't care about your garden the way your do.
Anyway, so weird stuff keeps happening. The cat is making messes, statues are falling off the roof, and it turns out one of the married ladies is in love with Mr. Perfect retreat owner.
I know a lot of hot blond wellness influences. You can't throw a book of Mormon without hitting one in my city and to be honest they annoy me to no end. I am just trying to survive on an educators income. I can't be worrying about all of that.
I saw Eva in all of them. Or them in Eva. She drove me nuts and I felt like I was being lectured while reading this book. Yes swimming has benefits. Get to the drama!
I loved this despite finding the MCs annoying. Please write more.

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Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for an early copy of The Retreat. This was a FANTASTIC book!!!! I loved the characters and the plot. This was a whodunnit that I kept changing my mind to figure out who the culprit was. Very short chapters so made for fast reading. It ALL comes together at the end but you really won’t know who did what. LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

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3.5 stars, rounded down to 3.

This felt pretty drawn out, with the same things being said over and over. I was entertained, but the slow pace dragged everything down for me. I didn't really identify with any of the characters, and they seemed pretty one-dimensional. The wording was awkward at times, and some of the dialogue felt unrealistic.

Overall, this was OK. I didn't feel like I wasted my time reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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I enjoyed this for the most part. I was attracted to the book because of the setting and that didn't disappoint. There were even some wellness tips along the way! I felt invested in the outcome and wasn't able to guess the ending. I liked the main characters. Although I wasn't really a fan of the writing style (i.e., how the sentences were structured), that could just be me. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley!

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Thank you to #NetGalley and #Bookouture for letting me read this book.This is told from the alternating perspectives of Eva and Jose, as well as the ominous musings of the unknown perpetrator, this one will keep you guessing until the very end.

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This was quite a thrilling read, slightly drawn out at times, but with a few twists and turns that made it quite exciting.

I had a lot of theories about who did it and I was unsure about it until the end. I was surprised with the ending -- in a good way.

Although this was easy to read, the characters didn't give me enough to make me care about them. Jose and Eva were nice but it took too long to find out what they were hiding. Some of the guests were nice and intriguing -- while others were insufferable.

There were also some spelling mistakes, the characters could've been more well-rounded, and the action less drawn out.

Thanks to NetGalley, Bookoutre, and Karen King for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Karen is one of my all time favourite authors and a new book from her is always a treat! This was another cracker of a novel, twisty and fast paced, I just love everything she writes!

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The Retreat, by Karen King, did something very few books can do- keep me intrigued cover to cover. I loved the characters, the plot, and the shocking ending. As soon as I finished, I immediately went and purchased more Karen King books. I will be telling everyone to read The Retreat!

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I kept waiting for something to happen. It felt like nothing ever did. Objectively, this book is fine! It just isn’t for me or what I expected. I was looking for something twistier and more thrilling.

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Oh my god! I have no words….

This book is unbelievable, I swear no matter how many times you try to predict the outcome of this book you will never guess correctly! So many times I thought I had it figured out so the ending came as a huge surprise. I still can’t believe it, I never saw it coming at all. The suspense in this book is unreal!

Theres a bunch of characters in this book and I thought they all just fitted the story perfectly.

There’s everything in this book, from a stunning location, to delicious food, to mystery and my god it is gripping!

Dam this author knows how to write a bestseller and this is sure to be one!

I will definitely be recommending this book! Fantastic!

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The Retreat is a slow-paced book, with mini-dramas holding your attention. At no time did I want to abandon the book, which is already good because I do not usually like slow books. Notwithstanding the above, I find that in none of the possible cases was the final revelation going to be so shocking, and indeed it was not, but anyway although one of the revelations seemed quite obvious to me, I liked the book, and I do not regret having read it.

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