The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place


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'It was only a game.'

Until a boy went missing.

'No one was meant to get hurt.'

But a body has been found.

'Just some innocent fun.'

Except one of them is a killer.

Ready or not, here I come.

It's time to play hide and seek again.

THE WHISPER MAN meets THE GUEST LIST in this gripping story; DI Fleet is up against some of the most powerful people in the country as he attempts to discover the truth about what happened on the day of the game...

'Compelling and infused with a simmering tension' Sarah Pearse, The Sanatorium

'A taut pacy murder mystery' Imran Mahmood, You Don't Know Me

'A terrifyingly tense thriller that takes you to the darkest places of the human heart' Elly Griffiths, The Locked Room

'This book delivers on its premise and then some! This novel about a creepy school and a deadly game gone wrong is both compelling and beautifully written and infused with a simmering tension - I couldn't stop turning the pages!' SARAH PEARSE, The Sanatorium

'The Hiding Place
by Simon Lelic totally ruined by evenings! A taut pacy murder mystery that just won't stop turning pages. Lelic manages to combine Golden age whodunnit charm with a hypnotic mystery. The thinking reader's writer Lelic never disappoints and this one is the best yet' IMRAN MAHMOOD, You Don't Know Me

'A great police procedural . . . a gripping, breathless denouement' HARRIET TYCE, Blood Orange

'Another totally thrilling page-turner. Masterful writing about teenage insecurity again, with a plot that twists and turns in to such a dramatic conclusion. Also so filmic, I could see every scene - surely has to be adapted!' ARAMINTA HALL, Hidden Depths

'Dual timelines unravel the truth behind a deadly game in a sinister boarding school & the present day hunt for a killer. Tense, full of misdirection & beautifully written' GILLY MACMILLAN, The Nanny

'Opens with a chilling first page and the tone is set for a dark and disturbing thriller right up to the heart-stopping finale. A must read' MICHAEL WOOD author of Survivor's Guilt

'Lelic's best yet. As beautifully crafted as ever, and builds layer upon layer of tension' CARA HUNTER, The Whole Truth

A gripping crime thriller with a countdown to murder' STEVE CAVANAGH, Fifty Fifty

Praise for the other page-turning thrillers from Simon Lelic

'What a read! Not the mystery I thought I was getting. Then, not even the book, I thought I was getting. It's proper clever. Loved it' STUART TURTON, The Devil and the Dark Water

'A bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable. Twisty, creepy, brilliantly paced and with a denouement I never saw coming' JOHN MARRS, What Lies Between Us

'Clever and atmospheric' MARK EDWARDS, The Hollows

© Simon Lelic 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • A terrifyingly tense thriller that takes you to the darkest places of the human heart
    Elly Griffiths, The Locked Room

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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