Before I picked up The Search Party by Simon Lelic I read a snippet of a review from an author I like (I have ZERO plans on naming names) and I thought The Search Party was going to be a horror story. It isn’t. The Search Party was a good read. It was a very good read. But, it isn’t something sinister instead it’s a thriller with a sad ending and a killer I didn’t quite guess.
Anyway… That is my very small rant almost out of the way. I like to go into a book cold – where I know nothing except the book blurb or with some expectations of the genre, maybe an idea of any trigger warnings – as long as they are correct. I think I’m a bit of a grump today!
I was expecting horror – I got a great thriller – not a disappointment.
And my rant is definitely finished now.
The Search Party by Simion Lelic was good. I loved the synopsis as soon as I read it and I was over the moon when I got accepted for the eARC over on NetGalley. Thank you to whoever clicked that approve button.
Plus the cover is awesome! Awesome. Who doesn’t love yellow and black together?
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 gripping story; witness four suspects as, alongside DI Fleet, you attempt to discover the truth about what happened to Sadie…
It was good! It was good right from the start.
I loved Simon Lelic’s writing style, I very much enjoyed the one sided interview sections and I liked the different POVs from the various characters and members of the search party. It was clever writing. And a clever plot with a sort of dual timeline as the story unfolded. The eARC I had did have a lot of formatting issues and I sometimes was briefly confused at the quick change of POV and timeframe – but I imagine that will be sorted in the final copy. I loved reading the story told in sections by a variety of characters all with completely different perspectives and secrets. I was hooked.
The Search Party was a solid read with a gripping plot and an ending that left me a little bit emotional. The ending made sense and I had a few suspicions, but I still felt a bit raw after it.
I think my favourite character was the Detective – Fleet, he had a whole subplot going on and relationship problems. As well as past problems in the area, it was his childhood home town but he hadn’t been back in years because of a devastating event in his past. A detective with a tragic past, sounds cliché? But it wasn’t, I liked him and for me, I think his slightly separate story dragged the whole novel up a level.
Have you read any of Simon Lelic’s other books? I would love a recommendation or two of which book of his to try next.
I received a copy of The Search Party by Simon Lelic for review from the publisher, via NetGalley – THANK YOU!