Thursday, August 20, 2020

Review: The Search Party by Simon Lelic

The Search Party
by Simon Lelic

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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 are 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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Told through many different perspectives as each of the young adults involved in the search party for a missing friend, tell their side of the story while being interviewed by the police.  The Search Party is a book that focuses on just a few days and a few friends who are bound and determined to find her and get to the bottom of her disappearance.

This book was ok, but not amazing.  At times it felt disjointed as the kids told their versions of the truth.  It was easy to forget who was talking and who's perspective we were reading from.  I think I would have limited the perspectives and maybe not used all the kids voices, but just a few.  

I did enjoy the twists and turns the book took.  I loved the outcome and the final culprit which is always a measure of how I rate a mystery thriller.  I believe the final culprit is a good indicator of the story and if I like how it comes to the conclusion then overall I can like the book.  I could enjoy how the characters came to the end and how it all came together.  

I would read another book by this author and hope that with different formatting and characters, I could get into and enjoy the story a little more.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 78 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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