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The Retreat

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this was my first karen king novel and it was okay. I enjoyed the premise of the story and the characters she has created. I was not a fan of how Eva's secret was revealed very early on in the story and then I found the rest of the plot very predictive. It was a easy, quick read I would recommend to mark towards your monthly / yearly goal.

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I'll start with what I really liked about this book: The location was lovely and I really enjoyed reading about El Sueño and the local area. The pacing was very good and I found the relationships between the guests and family dynamics very interesting to read about.

I do think the two leads, Eva and Jose were a little lacking in personality. If I was more invested in them as characters, it would have ramped up the tension for me personally. I did also guess quite a few of the 'secrets' that the characters had, so the ending didn't come as a huge surprise.

Overall I did enjoy reading this book and would recommend it.

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Thank you to Netgallery and the publisher for the ARC. The publication date is the 13th Oct 2023. Where do I start with this book.. I loved everything about it there were lots of twists and turns and it was full of mystery. I thought many times that I figured out the ending but I was so wrong! The characters were well written and likeable my favourite one was Saskia as I would always wonder when she would do next.

Overall, another fantastic book by Karen King can’t wait for the next one!

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Realistic characters keep this story moving quickly. This talented author has written a cannot put down page turner. Mystery and intrigue with secrets and red herrings. Don't try to easily discern the ending of this novel. It is simple. I tried often. Enjoy an afternoon with these characters and their secrets. Thanks to Netgalley for this book.

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When Eva and José open their retreat in Spain it is a soft opening for a reduced rate. The couple has been working hard for 2 years to renovate the property and prepare to offer rest and relaxation and luxury. The two are surprised to learn that they know a few of the bookings - Saskia is an old high school friend that knows a secret,
Carlos is José's cousin and his side of the family is estranged. Strangely enough, Adeline and her husband have a connection as well.

It isn't long before things start to go wrong and the opening weekend seems to be headed for disaster. Who is behind this sabotage? And will it turn deadly? I am a sucker for a vacation gone wrong and while this did not hold the tension throughout, The Retreat was a fun read. #Bookouture #TheRetreat #KarenKing

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