The compelling new novel from Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry.
Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.
The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home.
Kieran's parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea, that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.
When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...
The Survivors by Jane Harper
Published by Flatiron Books on February 2, 2021
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
THE SURVIVORS by Jane Harper
In Jane Harper’s latest book The Survivors, Kieran Elliott heads home with his wife and infant daughter to help his mother pack up their family home. His father who is rapidly declining from dementia is moving into a healthcare facility and his mother is downsizing to an apartment nearby.
Kieran’s visit is shadowed by a tragedy that occurred twelve years ago that still haunts him, his family, his friends, and his hometown. One morning, a body is discovered on the beach. Questions that have remained submerged for twelve years begin to strive for the light. No one will remain unscathed.
As with all of Harper’s books, the setting becomes its own character. The Survivors takes place in a small coastal town in Tasmania. The caves, the cold sea, and the tide come to life. Nature takes no prisoners.
Jane Harper creates so many suspects. At various points in the book I had convinced myself this person was the guilty party and this was why or how they did it. Then I was certain it was someone else. Then I went back to my original suspect. I was wrong throughout.
When I got to the end and learned the truth, the first thing I wanted to do was reread parts of the book through this new lens.
The slow release of secrets and the layering of today and the past, adds to the suspense and doubt that compels you to keep reading.
While reading you can sense the small town claustrophobia. How grief and guilt can suffocate and paralyze you. How actions in the past affect the present. The rippling effects of tragedy. The Survivors as a title has many connotations and ramifications for the characters in this compelling book.
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.