The Search Party

A missing girl. Five friends. Who will make it home alive?

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.

Praise for The Search Party

‘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

‘Heart-stopping . . . A thriller that grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Taut, compelling and occasionally terrifying.’ — Elly Griffiths

‘An atmospheric, twisting tale in which everyone has something to hide, The Search Party is a skilfully-woven mystery that oozes with tension.’ — TM Logan

‘Wonderfully crafted . . . What a read!’ — Stuart Turton

‘Beautifully written, and compellingly observed.’ — Cara Hunter

‘Tense, twisty and intricately plotted, with characters that stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.’ — Laura Marshall

‘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

‘Psychologically compelling and deeply moving . . . Simon Lelic just gets better and better.’ — Dervla McTiernan

‘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

‘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

‘Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book so quickly because I wanted to know how it ends. Masterful.’ — Michael Wood

‘Wow! I have been totally gripped by this riveting read for the past few days. 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 . . . Absorbing, creepy, and totally unputdownable.’ — Luca Veste

‘Brilliantly original . . . A compelling mystery that kept me hooked throughout.’ — Philippa East

‘This compelling view of the pressures teenagers face and the effects of bullying is given resonance by its various young voices, with a satisfying final twist.’Booklist

From the blogs:

‘A genius piece of writing.’ — Hayley’s Book Room