The Search Party by Simon Lelic #BookReview #Penguin #NetGalley #5*

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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…

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Beautifully Crafted, Unpredictable Novel!        stars 5

A very different kind of read from Simon Lelic, but no less gripping from start to finish.

When 16 year old Sadie Saunders goes missing, DI Fleet is brought in to find her. With the police seemingly making no headway, her friends decide to take matters into their own hands. But these five are not just her friends, they are also suspects . . .

I don’t think I’ve ever read another novel like this one – and I’ve read a LOT of books. With contributions to the narrative from each of the friends along with the Detective Inspector, this is a riveting read and I have been absolutely glued to the pages. What happened to Sadie? Well, I didn’t discover that until it was put in print – although I thought of enough options. I really enjoy this author’s writing; I reviewed both his first and second novels and am sad that I missed others but what there are so many good books out there and I can’t get to them all! I really appreciate that all his books are different; he doesn’t have a formulaic style and that makes for a much more surprising read. I seemed to move through it all so quickly, and yet the action went slowly – if that makes any sense to you. Beautifully crafted and skilfully plotted, this is a first class, completely unpredictable story and one I highly recommend. Absolutely worth all five sparkling stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: psychological thriller

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Author Bio

Simon LelicSimon Lelic is the author of The Liar’s Room, The House (a Radio 2 Book Club choice and Observer Thriller of the Month), Rupture (winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the John Creasy New Blood Dagger, as well as the Galaxy Book Awards), The Facility and The Child Who (longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012). The Haven, The Haven: Revolution and The Haven: Deadfall are his first books for young teenagers (11+). His newest novel, The Search Party, will be published in July 2020.

Simon is married, with three children, and lives in Brighton, England. Other than his family, reading is Simon’s biggest passion. He also holds a black belt in karate, in which he trains daily.

Social Media


Twitter: @Simon_Lelic

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