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The Search Party

A novel by

'Hugely gripping' Mark Billingham, Rabbit Hole
'Heart-stopping Elly Griffiths, The Locked Room
'What a read!' Stuart Turton, The Devil and the Dark Water

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 Observer, Thriller of the Month; witness four suspects as, alongside DI Fleet, you attempt to discover the truth about what happened to Sadie...

'A bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable ' John Marrs, Keep it in the Family

'Clever and atmospheric'
Mark Edwards, No Place to Run

'A brilliantly tense tale'
Araminta Hall, Hidden Depths

A marvel: intricate, complex and utterly gripping' Alex Lake, Ready or Not

'Simon Lelic just gets better and better'
Dervla Mctiernan, The Murder Rule

'A chillingly complex, well-crafted web'
Jane Corry, We All Have Our Secrets

'A skilfully-woven mystery that oozes with tension'
T M Logan, The Holiday

'Atmospheric and chilling. Fantastic read!'
Carla Kovach, One Girl Missing

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

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