A twisty, electrifying new thriller from the author of The New Neighbors and The Liar's Room...
The entire town thinks sixteen-year-old Sadie Saunders is dead. Missing now for a week, they say she was murdered. And they think they know who did it.

Sadie's five best friends aren’t so sure, and they vow to find out the truth. So they pack their bags and head into the woods where Sadie was last seen.

But they’re not just friends, they’re suspects. And each of them has a secret.
As the landscape opens up, and the darkness closes in, the reality of their situation becomes clear…

This was never really a search party.
It’s a witch hunt.

And not everyone will make it home alive.
Clever and atmospheric, with shades of Stand By Me—Mark Edwards

A brilliantly tense tale with a whirlwind of an ending that's like riding a rollercoaster—Araminta Hall

A bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable ... Twisty, creepy, brilliantly paced and with a denouement I never saw coming—John Marrs

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

The Search Party is a marvel: intricate, complex and utterly gripping—Alex Lake

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

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

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

Wow! I have been totally gripped by this riveting read for the past few days. I was captivated by the chapters told from the search party's perspective. I felt as though I was right there in their heads. The setting was perfect, atmospheric and chilling. The story, riveting and compelling. The characters, intriguing and suspenseful. Fantastic read! —Carla Kovach

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

I loved this book, from one of my favourite authors. You'll definitely want to read this absorbing, creepy, and totally unputdownable novel—Luca Veste

I raced through The Search Party, unable to put it down. It's tense, twisty and intricately plotted, with characters that stay with you long after you've read the last page—Laura Marshall

A brilliantly original story with an immediately intriguing cast of characters and a compelling mystery that kept me hooked throughout. With his insightful characterisation combined with a gripping plot, Lelic has just recruited a brand new fan—Philippa East

A masterful, original ... A thriller and a half—Michael Wood