The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 05/05/2022
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'A proper heartpounding thriller' Sun, Book of the Week
'Compelling and infused with a simmering tension' Sarah Pearse, The Sanatorium
'A taut pacy murder mystery' Imran Mahmood, You Don't Know Me


'It was only a game'... Until a boy went missing.

'No one was meant to get hurt'... But a body has been found.

'Just some innocent fun'... Except one of them is a killer.

Ready or not, here I come.

It's time to play hide and seek again.

THE WHISPER MAN meets THE GUEST LIST in this gripping story; DI Fleet is up against some of the most powerful people in the country as he attempts to discover the truth about what happened on the day of the game...

Praise for The Hiding Place

'A terrifyingly tense thriller that takes you to the darkest places of the human heart' Elly Griffiths, The Locked Room
'This book delivers on its premise and then some... both compelling and beautifully written and infused with a simmering tension - I couldn't stop turning the pages!' SARAH PEARSE, The Sanatorium

'A great police procedural . . . a gripping, breathless denouement' HARRIET TYCE, Blood Orange

'Another totally thrilling page-turner. Masterful writing about teenage insecurity again, with a plot that twists and turns in to such a dramatic conclusion' ARAMINTA HALL, Hidden Depths

'Tense, full of misdirection & beautifully written' GILLY MACMILLAN, The Nanny

'A dark and disturbing thriller right up to the heart-stopping finale. A must read' MICHAEL WOOD author of Survivor's Guilt

'Lelic's best yet. As beautifully crafted as ever, and builds layer upon layer of tension' CARA HUNTER, The Whole Truth
'A gripping crime thriller with a countdown to murder' STEVE CAVANAGH, Fifty Fifty

Praise for Simon Lelic

'What a read! It's proper clever. Loved it' STUART TURTON, The Devil and the Dark Water

'A bloody good read and the very definition of unpredictable. Twisty, creepy, brilliantly paced and with a denouement I never saw coming' JOHN MARRS, What Lies Between Us

'Clever and atmospheric' MARK EDWARDS, The Hollows

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241990322
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 245g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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The Hiding Place
A good read
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC. This is my first read by this author and I thought this was a good read. It was well wr... READ MORE
Anne Mosedale
The Hiding Place
A Cracking Read
This is my second novel by Simon Lelic although I have had another of his books on my reading list for some time. In The Hiding Place, a body has been foun... READ MORE
Bridget East
The Hiding Place
A Very Enjoyable Read
The Hiding Place is a very enjoyable read. The story is told in two timelines which I really like as I feel you get more of a story .DI Fleet is working th... READ MORE
Chrissie Mortimer
The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place
We start with the discovery of a body. That of a teenage boy, missing a good while. I say body but it has been there some 20 odd years so... It's found in ... READ MORE
The Hiding Place
Exciting, Fast, Mudterious
A secret lay undiscovered for almost a quarter of a century before being uncovered and leading to a trail of mystery and destruction. This story is excitin... READ MORE
Gillian Frost
The Hiding Place
Another great thriller from a great author
Simon Lelic can always be relied on to supply a great read. If you haven't read his previous books I would really recommend them. The body of a boy, who d... READ MORE
The Hiding Place
Following the events of the previous novel, The Search Party, DI Robin Fleet has been relegated to a desk job, going through cold cases with the only help ... READ MORE
Noemi Proietti
The Hiding Place
Enjoyable read.
First book I’ve read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good storyline and it kept me interested from start to finish. Kept me guessing until the ... READ MORE
Christine  Revely
The Hiding Place
For the best part of this book I was simply confused. And not in a good sense, like “who did it” confused. More like: is this a part of a series or stand-a... READ MORE
Justyna Grochala
The Hiding Place
A Dark And Chilling Read
'It was only a game.' Until a boy went missing. 'No one was meant to get hurt.' But a body has been found. 'Just some innocent fun.' Except one of the... READ MORE
Louise Wilson
The Hiding Place
Great read
Four friends,one murder,a game they can't escape. DI Fleet attemps to solve the mystery of what happened on the day of the game,his up against some of the... READ MORE
The Hiding Place
A great Tense thriller
The body of missing schoolboy Ben Draper is discovered in an old chapel crypt 22 years after he went missing in the grounds of Beaconsfield boarding school... READ MORE
Michellle De Alwis
The Hiding Place
A really enjoyable thriller, filled with characters to both love and hate. Set across two time zones, the author moves seamlessly across both, and keeps th... READ MORE
Ros Wilkins
The Hiding Place
Cracking Thrillder
It's great see the return of DI Rob Fleet looking for answers to a cold case murder from over 20 years ago. Unpopular with the higher ups on the force and ... READ MORE
Robert Hawthorne
The Hiding Place
Fantastic Thriller
A well written book with different time lines. It is set in and around a boarding school, the past was 22 years ago and you know the fate of Ben from the b... READ MORE
Annette Thomas
The Hiding Place
A good mystery thriller
4+ stars Two timelines, one in 1997 centres around troubled ‘misfit’ Ben Draper, a square peg in a round hole at Beaconsfield, an expensive and prestigi... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Hiding Place
I couldn’t read it quick enough!
I loved this book! I felt like I couldn't read it quick enough as the story unfolded I was reading quicker and quicker as I wanted - no NEEDED to find out ... READ MORE
Hayley Sale
The Hiding Place
Classic Simon Lelic.
The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic sees the welcome return of DI Rob Fleet from his previous book, The Search Party. The body of a young boy, Ben, who was ... READ MORE
David Blendell
The Hiding Place
Well written, well paced, compulsive read
Having thoroughly enjoyed three other books by this author I was delighted to receive an advance copy of The Hiding Place. Ben Draper is hurt and in hiding... READ MORE
Dana Farren
The Hiding Place
Great read!
This was a well developed and very sad story. The main characters are four emotionally deprived teenagers, at an upper class boarding school. One of the th... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
The Hiding Place
another winner!
Another winner from Mr Lelic. Murderous goings on in a boarding school and politics mixing with policing aren't new themes in detective stories but the ... READ MORE
The Hiding Place
Great Read
I was lucky to receive an ARC of The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic from NetGalley. I thoroughly enjoyed this book although i didn’t realise its the second DI... READ MORE
wendy lane
The Hiding Place
Cold case police procedural about murder of a schoolboy
Twenty-two years after his disappearance during a game of Hide-and-Seek, Ben Draper’s remains are found in the forgotten crypt of a totally razed and overg... READ MORE
The Hiding Place
Ben disappeared 22 years ago, how and why and what happens next?
DI Fleet is working on cold cases when a tip comes in that leads to Ben being rediscovered after 22 years. What happened to him and why? What will happen n... READ MORE
Julie Friar
The Hiding Place
Well crafted police procedural
There must be something in the air…public schools are coming in for something of a literary hammering just now. I think authors are channelling their thoug... READ MORE
Mary Picken
The Hiding Place
Excellent character driven thriller.
Another terrific character driven thriller from Simon Lelic, with some recurring characters but working perfectly well as a standalone. A body discovered ... READ MORE
Elizabeth Wilkins
The Hiding Place
Humorous yet twisty thriller
The Hiding Place from Simon Lelic was my second encounter with DI Rob Fleet and his young sergeant Nicky Collins who are called in to investigate the sudde... READ MORE
Alison Davis
The Hiding Place
Murder told on two
A boy goes missing from a private school. He has been missing for over 20 years then his body is found on the school grounds. The story is told on two ... READ MORE
Karen Knight
The Hiding Place
Gripping, dark and twisty
I really enjoyed this excellent story that keeps you guessing throughout. Switching between the events that lead up to the death of Ben, a loner at an upma... READ MORE
Pauline Cooper
The Hiding Place
Very Good But Something Missing
I think I have said this several times over the years in my book reviews. It is extremely difficult for an author to come up with something new and grippin... READ MORE
John Shaw
The Hiding Place
Fast paced police procedural
Beaconsfield School is a prestigious boarding school that is very proud of its traditions & its alumni. When a body is found in a previously undiscovered c... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald