Reviewed by Robin E. Williams for Readers' Favorite
Retreat House by Sarah Yasin is a fiction thriller about a young woman, Holly, running a youth group to bring the youth of her congregation together. With the plans made to have a co-sleepover at Holly’s uncle’s old lake house, parents begin to take their kids off the list, leaving six teenagers to a night they will remember. A night with good fun until the power abruptly goes out and one of the teens comes back with a knife wound. The woods are dark, phone service isn’t available, and there’s someone lurking in the woods. The only person between the terrified teens and a madman is Holly, and even she is afraid of the dark. Fighting for survival is relatively easy - if you know who to trust.
The beginning of the plot was good. The exposition was clearly defined, introducing us to the main character with her background and personal conflicts, and to all the secondary characters she was taking to the retreat. The dialogue between the characters was good. The teenagers were well defined and Sarah Yasin did a wonderful job at portraying the typical teenage rebellious sides. The reader could tell if Holly was talking or if it was a teen by their distinct dialogue. Holly was unique with her accent, and the teenagers had their own slang. Each character's personality was vibrant and portrayed in a way where the reader could easily relate, making themselves a part of the story. The scenes were painted perfectly. Retreat House is Christian based with a thriller mix. Sarah Yasin wrote a wonderful thriller that left me wanting to never put it down.