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 community he once called home.
Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. 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 ...
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST CRIME FICTION 2021
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Praise for The Survivors:
'It's now clear Harper has a gift ... every book has a distinct landscape that plays a central part in the plot made possible by her uncanny knack of bringing scenery to life' Daily Telegraph
'Another suspenseful thriller...unearthing dark secrets, hidden guilt and simmering social tensions.' Herald Sun
'A crime-writing force of nature' Adelaide Advertiser
'Global success story' Courier Mail
'Clever with beautifully articulated portrayals of people and place' vogue.com.au
'Jane Harper creates an impressive landscape that serves to illustrate how the experience of place inevitably shapes the lives of those who live there. You may find it hard to leave behind.' Sydney Morning Herald
'With consummate skill, Harper steadily builds the suspense to an unexpected climax, while also taking a sharp-eyed look at the intricacies of small communities and the enduring toll of guilt. Highly recommended.' Canberra Weekly
'An intriguing mystery, but a deeper layer is added by the well-drawn characters and their relationships...a new Harper book is a treat and this is another cracking read.' Good Reading
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The new standalone novel from bestselling Australian author Jane Harper, The Survivors, explores the dangers of reopening old emotional wounds in a tight-knit Tasmanian community. Kieran Elliott is visiting the coastal town where he once lived, with his partner and baby in tow. When the body of a young waitress is found on the water’s edge, his past comes flooding back, bringing to the surface memories the entire town wants to forget. Harper perfectly encapsulates the claustrophobia of being in a small town ablaze with rumours, and the suffocating guilt that comes from past mistakes. The stormy atmosphere of the coastal setting adds an extra level of unease, while the compelling narrative seamlessly weaves between two timelines, creating a real sense of urgency. Like its predecessors, Harper’s fourth book is one that you can guarantee will draw you in until the final page.
Sydney physiotherapist Kieran Elliott, the protagonist of this elegiac suspense novel from bestseller Harper (The Lost Man), has steeled himself for an emotionally turbulent visit to his hometown of Evelyn Bay, Tasmania, where he has returned to help his mother pack up the family home before his dementia-afflicted father moves into a nursing facility. Then the murder of college student Bronte Laidler, who had been spending her summer break creating art inspired by the area's rugged coast, upsets the town. While locals profess that Bronte's killer must be an outsider, many start wondering as do the police whether there's any connection to a tragedy involving Kieran that tore apart the community 12 years earlier. That Kieran's father may have been wandering on the beach the night of the murder raises the stakes. The distinctively Aussie array of stoic characters who are weathered, and in some cases warped, by their uncompromising environment more than compensates for a denouement that feels psychologically false. Harper expertly weaves past guilts with present grief. She remains a writer to watch.
Interesting plot twists
Her Best Yet
This is the authors fourth book and the best yet. Her characters are well developed, real and relatable. The storyline is expertly revealed as we get to know the characters, the setting and as questions are answered more are asked with just enough uncertainty remaining that I was unable to predict the ending. A really good read.