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Summary

The Sunday Times Top 10 Best seller.

Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on a single day when a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that haunts him still 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 in the murder investigation that follows. A sunken wreck, a missing girl and questions that have never washed away....

©2020 Jane Harper (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"With The Survivors, Jane Harper proves she's unquestionably the real deal." (Val McDermid)

"Jane Harper's superb new novel The Survivors exhibits all the qualities that make her such a compelling writer.... Sure-footed, technically impeccable plotting and storytelling ensure the mystery holds until the final pages." (Irish Times)

"You won't put this novel down until you've uncovered every last skeleton in the closet. I loved it." (Louise Candlish)

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Another masterpiece

Whenever I finish a Jane Harper novel, I spend the next few days on a massive comedown, because now I have to wait for her to write another one. It also feels like leaving Australia again as I am so 'there' in my imagination. At first, I wasn't sure this world of fit, sexy 20 and 30-somethings would be as appealing as her dusty, bleak and desperate landscapes from earlier books, but I was soon gripped. As always, characters and landscape are beautifully and richly drawn and the tension is next level! Yet another masterpiece from the Queen of Aussie noir. The narration by Stephen Shanahan is exceptional. That man was born to read Jane Harper!

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Good ... but...

Overall I enjoyed this book, however, not as much as Jane Harpur's previous books. In my opinion there was just something lacking in the plot and with the characters. If this had been the first book of JH's that I had read, I am not sure that I would have looked at her others, so I'm glad that is not the case. Overall though, an engaging read and great narration.

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A pretty standard crime story

I’m a huge lover of Jane Harper, and The Dry and The Lost Man are some of the greatest suspense stories I’ve ever read. Therefore I was disappointed with The Survivors which is just a standard, run of the mill mystery compared to the psychologically acute and nail biting plots of the other two books. The setup is way to simple and straightforward, the crime not very interesting or complicated and the book just didn’t make for a very exciting read. Jane Harper’s undeniable skill is lost on this small time mystery which has very few storylines and interesting narratives, but rather plods along until its unsurprising end. If you’re new to Jane Harper, read the other two books first (Force of Nature is not as good as the rest either).

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Another Jane Harper book that kept me guessing

Waited with anticipation for this book and was not disappointed. The narrator Stephen Shanahan is very good at bringing the story to life. Set in a beachfront town, the characters are believable and relatable. As with her other books, I listened to this one whenever I could until I finished the book.

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Another success from Jane Harper

I have read three of her previous novels and couldn’t resist this when I came across it. It did not disappoint. She has a wonderful ability to capture people and places and to create a story with tension and meaning. This is the first one that I have experienced as an Audible book. I thought it worked very well in this format. More please!

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Good but not as top class as her others

I agree with another reviewer who said if this was the first book of Jane Harper’s they had read they would have been more enthusiastic. However, compared to the Dry and the Lost Man in particular this was a little less absorbing. For me it lacked the haunting mystery and complex protagonists I’d expect. I enjoyed the different location and the narrator was as great as ever.

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brilliant ending

great listen, excellent story and really well read
love Jane Harper's books. I really recommend

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Superb as are all Jane Harper’s books

Great story, keeps you guessing and gives a real sense of place. Love the narration, the tone and inflection are just right, although there are some odd pauses. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Disappointing Ending

This book really held my interest until the concluding chapters. I found that rushed, disappointing and unbelievable.

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Solid piece of work by jane harper

Good writing and characterisation as one would co e to expect from Jane Harper Generally good narration except for some odd pauses which are a little disconcerting and some strange sound levels which make it appear as if edits have been dubbed in clumsily. Ending is a bit predictable and somewhat anticlimactic for that reason but overall the story is entertaining and compelling.

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Slow getting into on audio but great story

I struggled to get engaged with the story in the beginning. I found it slow going with lots of small seemingly pointless details. I think the back and forth flashbacks were not seamless due to this being an audio book. However, halfway through it got interesting and by the last part I couldn’t stop listening as it was gripping. Overall enjoyable read