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The Search Party

the most gripping and unputdownable crime thriller of 2024

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About The Book

Five old friends.
One glamping weekend.
A storm that will change everything.

Max and Annie Kingsley have left the London rat race to set up a glamping site in the wilds of Cornwall. They invite old university friends – TV star Dominic, doctor and new mum Kira, and free-spirited Jim and Suze – and their children for a trial weekend but the reunion quickly veers off-course.
First, there’s The Incident around the campfire on the first night. The following afternoon, a storm quickly develops off the rugged North Coast. When one of their group goes missing, all hell breaks loose. And as the winds batter the bell-tents, emotions run high and tension mounts for all the characters.
Who is lying in hospital, who has gone missing and who is the body on the beach below the cliffs . . .?

Gripping, cleverly structured and brimming with secrets and lies, this is a masterclass in narrative tension and a chilling exploration of the ways in which aspiration and anxiety collide. It will keep you guessing until the last page.

About The Author

Photograph by Lucy Williams

Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, she worked in the book publishing and film industries in both London and Sydney. She is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia, and currently lives in the South West of England with her family. Richell is the author of international bestsellers Secrets of the Tides (2012), The Shadow Year (2014), The Peacock Summer (2019) and The River Home (2020). Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK (January 18, 2024)
  • Runtime: 10 hours and 12 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781398527997

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Raves and Reviews

'This beautifully crafted mystery . . . has a moral at its heart that sets it apart from some other crime stories' – Daily Mail

'A compelling thriller told with real emotional insight and depth. It was a pleasure to be transported to the wildest edge of Cornwall and have a ringside seat as a group of old friends are pushed to their absolute limits. An absolute page-turner!’ – Lucy Clarke

‘Tension that will keep you gripped until the final page . . . an immaculately plotted mystery with vibes to rival Agatha Christie’ – My Weekly

‘Full of twists and turns, as well as a mystery that keeps you guessing, this menacing and surprising read has no shortage of suspects’ – Heat

‘Simmering tensions, family drama, and high-stakes mysteries combine to create the perfect storm of bingeworthy suspense’ – Megan Collins, author of Thicker Than Water and The Family Plot

'This brilliant read is full of secrets, lies and tension – we love!' – Fabulous Magazine

‘Plenty of twists to keep you guessing’ – Woman's Weekly

'Hannah Richell is masterful, deploying white-knuckle pacing, pitch-perfect prose, and characters whose emotional depth is fully mined, making the twists feel maximally earned and resonant. Gripping, clever, and as enjoyable to curl up with as a Christie – I inhaled it in a day!’ – Jaclyn Goldis, author of The Chateau

'What a gripping read! Such a compelling mystery, and so cleverly plotted it kept me up late, flipping the pages to find out what had happened’ – Kate Webb, author of Stay Buried

'I was completely caught up and really didn't see the final reveal coming. The tension builds so exquisitely that I simply couldn't stop reading. Also beautifully drawn characters who are all too real and often all too suspicious. Terrific’ – Fanny Blake

'Gripping' – Bella

'Such a clever, compelling and atmospheric read. So many secrets and stories to unravel. A twisted take on the glamping weekend with friends. I stayed up late to discover how the story would end. Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley’ – CD Major, author of The Other Girl

'An unputdownable thriller with a cracking cast of characters that will have you gripped until the very last page. Engrossing and compelling’ – Kate Gray, author of The Honeymoon

'A dexterous blend of best and worst case scenarios, a chillingly relatable journey into the unexpected' – Anna Downes, bestselling author of The Safe Place

‘If you read just one thriller this year, make it The Search Party. I couldn’t put it down’ – Mark Brandi, bestselling author of Wimmera

'In this compelling, beautifully-observed story of a Cornish glamping trip gone spectacularly wrong, Hannah Richell never lets up with the tension and suspense. This is a best-in-class family thriller you'll read in one sitting’

– Kate Riordan, author of Heatwave

'Everything about this Cornish glamping thriller hooked me from the off. An atmospheric and ever-twisting read that's full of compassion and emotional intelligence. I loved it'

– Emylia Hall

'Darkly atmospheric and so clever, with complex characters and a building sense of dread that makes this a deliciously enticing, one-sitting read’

– Cressida McLaughlin

‘Living the dream becomes a living nightmare. Richell’s tense new destination thriller will make you wish you weren’t here as friendships crumble and families fall apart on a glamping weekend gone wrong. A gripping and twisty plot laced with Richell’s trademark deft feel for family dynamics sees the pages practically turn themselves'

– Kate Lord Brown

The Search Party pitches you forward from the first page, sending you rushing headlong towards its thrilling conclusion. I loved this novel for its multifaceted, multi-voiced take on a single weekend, and a satisfying and emotionally honest portrayal of what we see in others, and ourselves. Hannah Richell’s first foray into the thriller genre is simply not to be missed!’

– Hayley Scrivenor, bestselling author of Dirt Town

‘Hannah Richell was born to write thrillers. Twisty and adrenaline fuelled, I devoured this whip-smart novel set against a backdrop of remote Cornish cliffs. All the ingredients I love in a thriller – jealousy, revenge, lust and anger – simmer ominously beneath the surface before coming explosively to the fore. I was in equal parts agonised and satisfied when I turned the final page. Trust me, you will not be able to put this book down!’

– Ali Lowe, bestselling author of The Running Club

‘You expect drama when old friends get together, but this is next level! The Search Party layers sharp observations of friendship and family dynamics over ever-increasing tension and danger. Richell adeptly delivers multiple points of view and timelines, propelling the reader through the pages, screaming the questions: who died? And who did it?’

– Michelle Prak, author of The Rush

‘Every page of this gripping and atmospheric crime novel crackles with tension. Hannah Richell’s evocative writing brings to life the wilds of the North Cornwall coast, an isolated and formidable landscape that pits four lifelong friends and their families against one another, forcing their secrets to the fore if they want to survive. The clever twists kept me guessing until the end. I devoured every word of this brilliant, emotionally-charged story. A rock solid five star read!’

– Rae Cairns, author of Dying To Know

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