The Search Party by Simon Lelic – review.


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.

My thoughts

Wow! I have been totally gripped by this riveting read for the past few days. When everyone is as suspicious as hell, who do you trust? I bounced from suspecting one person to another and then I had the rug pulled from under my feet. Boy was I not expecting that! My lips are zipped. No spoilers here.

I was captivated by the chapters told from the search party’s perspective. I felt as though I was right there in their heads. At first, I worried that I wouldn’t follow each voice with ease but from the off, I knew exactly whose head I was in and most of all, I really felt that each of those kids were individuals. Each voice was unique.

The main investigator, Fleet, was equally likeable and flawed. I enjoyed how his character developed through the book and how the author delved deeper into his past, allowing me as the reader to really care for him.

I loved the tension as the journey unfolded. Those chapters in the woods gave me a right chill. I wouldn’t spend a minute after nightfall hanging around there. The setting was perfect, atmospheric and chilling. The story, riveting and compelling. The characters, intriguing and suspenseful. Fantastic read! Will I be going down to the woods today? Let me think about that. No way – hehe!

It was such an honour to receive an early copy of this book! Huge thanks, Simon. It will be available on the 20th of August and can be pre ordered now.

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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