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The Survivors

The Survivors

By Jane Harperpaperback22 September 2020
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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...

"Another multi-layered, cleverly constructed top shelf thriller from Jane Harper. The Survivors takes you from the simmering sub story of unresolved discontent in a small coastal town to the current events that has everyone on edge. When another tragedy occurs the tension that Jane brings to the page is palpable. I loved this book - it’s an absolute must-read and a 10/10!" Ted, Dymocks Nowra


  • Title: The Survivors
  • Author: Jane Harper
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
  • ISBN: 9781760783945
  • Length: 233.0 millimetre
  • Width: 154.0 millimetre


8/01/2021 4:16:04 PM - Lisa
A murder ‘Who’s done it’ novel set in a seaside town. Keeps you guessing till the end.
I loved Jane Harpers first novel ‘The Dry’ and this second book didn’t disappoint. Lots of twists and turns. The great writing really allows you to get to know the characters. A murder in a seaside town dredges up lots of history and unanswered questions. Keeps you guessing until the end. Loved it!

23/09/2020 11:29:27 AM - Sarah
A thrilling new mystery by the great Jane Harper
Readers have come to associate Harper with complex character-based mysteries set in strongly evocative and quintessentially Australian settings. In The Survivors, the action takes place in a (fictional) small coastal town in Tasmania. Kieran Elliott, his wife Mia and baby daughter Audrey have travelled to their home town, to assist his mother to pack up the family home prior to sale. The next morning a young local woman is found murdered at the town beach. Could there be a connection between this recent violent death events that occurred during a wild storm twelve years earlier, when Kieran’s brother and another man were killed at sea and a local girl went missing? Readers of Harper's previous novels will notice a certain correlation of themes with her earlier work - a central character who is (somewhat unfairly) treated as a pariah in a small community, the concept that old sins cast long shadows and the widely varying but universally unforgiving Australian climate. Harper also explores themes of parent-child relationships, grief, anger and guilt. As always, her characters are three-dimensional and their interrelationships complex and evolving. The narrative is well-paced, languid at first, reflecting the pace of the small-town coastal setting, then gathering pace as both the police and Kieran hone in on the truth. Harper skilfully uses red herrings and misdirection to leave the reader guessing, right up to the dramatic conclusion. The setting of the fictional Evelyn Bay is well-imagined by the author, and brought to my mind several settlements around Tasmania's coastline. I was interested to read that the author had spent some time at Eaglehawk Neck, researching cold-water diving for the book. The Survivors is another strong addition by Jane Harper to the wonderful Australian crime genre. Highly recommended. My thanks to Jane Harper, Pan Macmillan Australia and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title in advance of its publication on 22 September 2020.

21/09/2020 2:42:18 PM - Marianne
a brilliantly-plotted piece of Australian crime fiction
The Survivors is the fourth novel by award-winning Australian author, Jane Harper. When Keiran Elliott returns to his small Tasmanian hometown of Evelyn Bay to help his parents pack up their house, not everyone is pleased to see him. While everybody knows what happened during the big storm, twelve years earlier, not all regard him with sympathy; blame radiates from certain eyes. Mere hours after he and Mia and their baby arrive, though, a young woman is dead on the beach. The town is shocked at the loss of this sweet young woman: a temporary summer waitress and art student, she was well-liked. It soon becomes apparent that there are some parallels with the disappearance of a young girl during that fateful storm, with some of the same bystanders present in the town. The Evelyn Bay Online Community Hub is a hotbed of rumour and comment. Over the next few days, as police from Hobart arrive to investigate, Keiran is not the only one whose thoughts go back to that awful time when his own brother and his best friend’s brother lost their lives. As well as the stress of his wandering, dementia-affected father and his frazzled mother, Keiran is being coerced by a friend into something he’s not quite comfortable with. Harper easily evokes her setting: for anyone who has spent a summer in an Australian coastal town, this will feel familiar. The dialogue is exactly what one hears in such a place, and the characters are multi-faceted and believably flawed. Once again, Harper produces a brilliantly-plotted piece of Australian crime fiction, with red herrings and diversions that will keep the pages turning and the reader guessing right up to the final pages. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Macmillan Australia

3/01/2021 10:56:09 AM - Heather
Boring, underdeveloped characters, thin plot and unrealistic
I was highly disappointed in the third book by Jane Harper. The Dry was a tight tangle of very clever threads with imaginable plot, character and place development. The Survivors would not have been published as a first novel and probably was because of The Dry's success. The heat, stark environment and small town mainland life in The Dry was very real to someone who lived there for 14 years. I recall much of The Dry from several years ago, I barely recall Survivors from two months ago - shallow, thin, slow, underdeveloped plot - a few interesting characters who could have been developed to provide sadly absent texture and depth. Having also lived in a tiny TAS coastal hamlet for 13 years, too much was city at the beach which is not TAS; walking everywhere - locals DRIVE everywhere in tiny TAS towns, never walk as only tourists do. Coastal TAS men surf to old age until they die on their boards, they do not give it up to beach walk or swim instead. Heather Rose encapsulated TAS in Bruny, Jane Harper does not.



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