The Search Party by Simon Lelic #20BooksofSummer (6/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! Today you can catch my review for The Search Party by Simon Lelic. This is book 6 of my 20 books of summer challenge and another book from my netgalley shelf. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…


A twisty, electrifying new thriller from the author of The New Neighbors and The Liar’s Room… 

The entire town thinks Sadie Saunders is dead. Missing now for a week, they say she was murdered. And they think they know who did it.

Aware of the suspicion that surrounds them – and one of them in particular – Sadie’s five best friends vow to find out the truth. So they pack their bags and set off for the woods where Sadie was last seen. 

But what starts as a search quickly turns into something more sinister. Each of them has a secret, and they all know more about Sadie’s past than they are willing to admit. As the landscape opens up, and the darkness closes in, the reality of their situation begins to dawn on them. 

It was never really a search party. 

It was a witch hunt. 

And not everyone is going to make it home.


I have to admit when I first picked up this book I expected it to go a certain way. Until I was then led in a different direction entirely. After a very intriguing beginning we follow five friends who take it upon themselves to create their own search party to look for their missing friend. Sadie has been missing for a week and with not many clues to her disappearance everyone seems to be a suspect. This in turn means that suspicion surrounds this group. I have to admit that I was never quite sure whether to trust any of them either.

The plot itself moves at a good pace and along the way managed to throw up plenty of questions. Which of course made things all the more intriguing! Detective Inspector Fleet also added an interesting edge to the story especially his backstory and past with the town. His character was my favourite and this was probably down to the fact that I couldn’t quite feel a connection with the other characters. Although I didn’t feel like I could trust them at all so there’s no surprise there!

Now I think it’s safe to say that anything set in the woods automatically adds tension especially when night falls. So with that in mind I think it worked well in The Search Party. This location helped to create a more intense situation especially seeing how this group of teenagers reacted to certain events. It was also a great way to explore their friendships both the good and the bad parts. Overall The Search Party kept me on my toes and turning those pages!

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