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“As always, Harper skillfully evokes the landscape as she weaves a complicated, elegant web, full of long-buried secrets ready to come to light.” -The New York Times Book Review
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...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jane Harper’s eerie thriller is a chilling reminder that even the most long-buried secrets have a way of resurfacing at inopportune times. Kiernan has returned to his sleepy Australian seaside hometown to catch up with friends and help his parents pack up the family cottage. But a young artist’s mysterious death shines strange new light on two unsolved deaths from the community’s past, including that of Kiernan’s own brother. A rising superstar in Australia’s mystery scene, Harper weaves together her atmospheric tale of loyalty, fear, small-town gossip, and darkness against the backdrop of the crashing waves and dockside bars of a quaint but unnerving beach town. As guilt from the past and threats from the present start closing in, we’re right there with Kiernan, trying to keep our head above water.
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. \n
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Suspenseful but confusing
The author takes too long to let us know who’s who. The tangled backstory takes up too much of the tale. A solid B-
I was excited to read this book because I loved Ms. Harper’s other novels, but I was very disappointed with “The Survivors.” I didn’t like any of the characters and it seemed as if several plot points came to nothing. It just doesn’t measure up to her earlier work.
Kept me guessing til the end
Such an incredibly amazing story of lives in a small town that tragedy has tied them together in their grief loss and guilt. Yet, the real story of what happened a decade ago doesn’t surface until another death and a life is taken far too young eerily on the same beach as the first harrowing tragedy.