The Search Party
publication: October 18th 2020 by Berkley
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.
The idea of 5 best friends trying to find out what happened to Sadie all while protecting each other and themselves was intriguing. I loved that they each had their own stories to tell and were willing to tell them to the police. As with any story told, I had no doubt that there was so much more to the story than what met the eye.
I am a fan of Simon Lelic. I have read his past books and loved them, found them unable to put down. With The Search Party, I struggled a little bit with the text. Maybe it was more the format. The story was told by Sadie’s 5 best friends and a DI Fleet. It seemed that the friends rambled on, sometimes reliving the same event as seen through different perspectives. There was not much dialogue and that threw me off the story. I wanted to connect with the characters, to feel their pain at the loss of their friend and to fear their fear while searching the woods.
Simon Lelic has
a talent of writing thriller stories.
There are twists, turns, ups, and downs. Try as I might I cannot solve the who-dun-it
but I enjoy taking the ride.
***Thank you Danielle Keir at Berkley and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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