The Retreat centers around four women, specifically former child star Katie, as they venture upstate for a weekend wellness retreat (this already spells trouble). Each go into this weekend as an escape, but wind up with a dead body, weird fellow retreat-goers, stalkers and betrayal. The characters are three-dimensional and flawed; you don’t know whether you want the girls to escape safely or just get stabbed already. But this book is surprisingly not as predictable as the plot sounds, and has a twist ending you might not have seen coming! — Kirstin Swartz
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. The Retreat is a twisting, bone-chilling suspense that asks: how well do you really know your friends?
A weekend that will change them forever…if they survive.
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.
“Captivating... Prose that zings with amusing metaphors and wry wit drives this exhilarating roller-coaster ride.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Smith credits long, cold winters as her dark muse, and her second novel is a compelling manifestation of that muse at work...Fans of the genre will enjoy their favorite dish, served not just cold, but organic, perfectly in keeping with Thackeray’s characterization, 'Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural.'” —Booklist
Praise for Follow me Down
“No one can be trusted. This engrossing page turner will keep you guessing right up to the delicious ending.” —New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain
“Pulled me in from the very first page, then kept me engrossed all the way to the end with a dark and twisty plot and a town that’s a living breathing character of its own.” —New York Times bestselling author Chevy Stevens
“Whip smart exploration of how well we know anyone in our lives, even a twin brother. You'll flip the pages long into the night to find out what happened to Lucas, but you'll never guess the explosive ending!” —New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti