- Expected 14 Aug 2020
'HUGELY GRIPPING' Mark Billingham
'HEART-STOPPING' Elly Griffiths
'CLEVER AND ATMOSPHERIC' Mark Edwards
16-year-old Sadie Saunders is missing.
Five friends set out into the woods to find her.
But they're not just friends...
You see, this was never a search party.
It's a witch hunt.
And not everyone will make it home alive...
THE CHALK MAN meets THE HUNTING PARTY in this gripping story; witness four suspects as, alongside DI Fleet, you attempt to discover the truth about what happened to Sadie...
WHAT AUTHORS ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMON LELIC
'I've spent every free moment of the last few days feasting on The Search Party . . . a bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable. Twisty, creepy, brilliantly paced and with a denouement I never saw coming' John Marrs
'Clever and atmospheric, with shades of Stand By Me' Mark Edwards
'A brilliantly tense tale of teenage frustration, lost souls and sibling love, with an atmosphere as tense as the end of summer storm that threatens throughout the book. Plus a whirlwind of an ending that's like riding a rollercoaster' Araminta Hall
'The Search Party is a marvel: intricate, complex and utterly gripping' Alex Lake
'A chillingly complex, well-crafted web. The voices cry out from Simon Lelic's pages as if they are standing right next to you' Jane Corry
'Psychologically compelling and deeply moving ... Simon Lelic just gets better and better' Dervla McTiernan
'A thriller that grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Taut, compelling and occasionally terrifying' Elly Griffiths
'Wow! I have been totally gripped by this riveting read for the past few days. I was captivated by the chapters told from the search party's perspective. I felt as though I was right there in their heads. The setting was perfect, atmospheric and chilling. The story, riveting and compelling. The characters, intriguing and suspenseful. Fantastic read!' Carla Kovach
'Unpredictable, wildly original and with an ending that made me gasp, this is thriller writing at its very best' Nuala Ellwood
'I loved this book, from one of my favourite authors. You'll definitely want to read this absorbing, creepy, and totally unputdownable novel' Luca Veste
'Simon Lelic is on my radar from this point forward. The Search Party is taut, beautifully written, and scary as hell, with more twists than a mountain road' Christina Dalcher
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMON LELIC
'The unpredictable twists kept coming, just when I thought I'd worked out what was going on' Reviewer, Netgalley
'I read it in one session . . . a fabulous read' Alison, Netgalley
'The story gradually formed from a variety of perspectives with the picture gradually becoming clear and an outcome that I didn't see coming' Carol, Netgalley
'Wow. Didn't want to put this down' Lucy, Netgalley
'The ending was an absolute belter. I did NOT see it coming and yet it made perfect sense' Roxanne, Netgalley
'I LOVED this . . . extraordinarily addictive' Liz, Netgalley
The disappearance of teenager Sadie Saunders from her small British community in this competent crime thriller from Lelic (The Liar's Room) sparks a massive police search in the nearby woods, headed by Det. Insp. Robin Fleet, who has some personal history with the area. Meanwhile, some of Sadie's teenage friends form their own search party, but the teens' hunt ends tragically when one of them is fatally stabbed. Fleet must sort through the survivors' differing accounts of the stabbing, even as Sadie's whereabouts and fate remain unknown, and the locals call into question his own motivations. With his superintendent pushing for both inquiries to be wrapped up quickly, Fleet must tune out distractions and biases if he's to uncover the truth. Fleet has an unoriginal backstory, including marital problems, and the plot twists won't surprise veteran genre readers. Lelic breaks no new ground, but he handles a familiar setup well.