The Search Party

The Search Party

You won’t believe the twist in this compulsive new Top Ten ebook bestseller from the ‘Stephen King-like’ Simon Lelic


'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


  • Unpredictable, wildly original and with an ending that made me gasp, this is thriller writing at its very best
    Nuala Ellwood

About the author

Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic is the author of seven highly acclaimed thrillers: Rupture (winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the John Creasey Debut Dagger), The Facility, The Child Who (longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger), The House, The Liar's Room, The Search Party and The Hiding Place. He has also written The Haven series for younger readers, twice shortlisted for the CrimeFest awards.
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