Back of the book :
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.
What I Think :
Sadie Saunders has gone missing.
Sadie has been gone for six days.
Her friends, Abi, her best friend, Mason, her boyfriend and number one suspect, Cora who doesn’t really care one way or the other, Luke, who gets on with everyone or does he ? and lastly, Fash, a bit of a loner, they all think that the police have got it wrong so they decide to go look for her themselves. They each pack a bag and sneak off into the woods but instead of finding Sadie, one of the five ends up dead …
DI Robin Fleet and his very capable DS, Nicola collins are called in to investigate the death and of course the disappearance of Sadie. They are under a lot of pressure to find out what has happened to both the person who died and also finding Sadie as they have their boss wanting an arrest and the press needing answers. Everybody seems to need to know what happened.
It seems that everybody has something to hide …
What really happened to Sadie Saunders …. ?
Wow !! I really loved this book !
I have read this authors other two books and really enjoyed them and was really pleased to have been asked to be on the blog tour for his new one.
The book is written from the point of view of the ‘Search Party’ (the five best friends) and DI Fleet. It delves into the minds of all the characters, so we find out what happened in the form of their thoughts and feelings. Who is lying and who is telling the truth ?
I found the characters very well written and thought that author had written them just how teenagers would react to something like this. There are plenty of twists and turns, and moments that you just have to sit back and think about. The ending was fabulous and quite surprising to say the least !!
I read this book in just two sittings, I just couldn’t put it down !!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really look forward to the next one.
I give this book a very well earned 9/10 (5 stars)
Published by Viking (Penguin) on 20/08/20
The biggest Thank you to Rosanna Safaty at Viking (Penguin) for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Great review! I need to catch up on Simon Lelic’s last book, I loved The House which I read a couple of years ago.