The Survivors: A Novel - book cover
Thrillers & Suspense
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books; 1st edition
  • Published : 02 Feb 2021
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN-10 : 1250232422
  • ISBN-13 : 9781250232427
  • Language : English

The Survivors: A Novel

Instant New York Times Bestseller

"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...

Editorial Reviews

Instant New York Times bestseller, #1 International Bestseller

"As always, Harper skillfully evokes the landscape as she weaves a complicated, elegant web, full of long-buried secrets ready to come to light."
―New York Times Book Review

"Harper is to Australia what Tana French is to Ireland, a writer whose psychologically rich plots are matched by a deep understanding of place."
―Washington Post

"Another suspenseful thriller...And in Harper's proven style, the story is not only atmospheric, it delves deep
into the psyche of main character Kieran Elliott and the townsfolk, unearthing dark secrets, hidden guilt and simmering social tensions."
―Herald Sun

"The latest stunner from Jane Harper…[She] expertly raises the reader's pulse throughout the narrative, insinuating what happened that day but only revealing the truth slowly as Kieran comes to see past and present in a new light."
Booklist, starred review

"[Harper is] a master at creating atmospheric settings, and it's easy to fall under her spell…A layered and nuanced mystery."

"Jane Harper has created a tightly told, beautifully written, and suspenseful novel… It is a novel of guilt, remorse, injustice, and regret, all skillfully woven together seamlessly into a realistic work of literary power I cannot recommend highly enough."
Deadly Pleasures

"Harper expertly weaves past guilts with present grief. She remains a writer to watch."
―Publishers Weekly

"Jane Harper creates an impressive landscape that serves to illustrate how the experience of place inevitably shapes the lives of those who live there."
―Sydney Morning Herald

"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

Praise for Jane Harper:
"Ms. Harper is not one to drop a fact [...] without using it later. If you enjoy being hoodwinked…you'll love Ms. Harper's sleight of hand. Ms. Harper has made her own major mark." ―The New York Times

"Such a good storyteller… Harper has again raised the bar for emerging crime writers." ―Chicago Tribune
"Intense, deeply intelligent psychological thrillers that explore how our pasts – especially our childhoods – mold and disrupt our lives in the present." ―Christian Science Monitor

"Harper writes with precision and creates a tense atmosphere on the brink of combustion." ―Real Simple

"Book by book, [Harper is] creating her own vivid and complex account of the outback." ―New York Times ...

Readers Top Reviews

This is a writer who knows how to write well and keep readers guessing and their senses keen and their hearts both chilled and filled with wonder. I loved her first book The Dry for the tension and sense of place and she has done this again with this book with its focus on a small seaside town in Tasmania and it's links to the sea. The descriptions of the sea from its quiet moments to the terror of waves and the possibilities of drowning, and ever present sense of the rhythms, the roiling, the colours is so clever. "To the north, the rolling waves fizzed against the sand. To the south - Keiran froze.". It is about characters and love and family and guilt and secrets and left me guessing right up to the last page what the outcome would be. "The truth hurts a lot of people. That was the case then and it's the case now.". Each strand of the story skillfully weaved. It started slowly, the characters introduced and built to a crescendo the one night twelve years ago that broke so many people unravelled with a murder twelve years later as Kieran returns to cautiously re-engage and rebuild his past and present if they can ever be reconciled. A wonderful story told by a wonderful story teller. I look forward to her next novel.
Mrs Anne C Corrigan
I have read and enjoyed all of Jane Harper’s books and ‘The Survivors’ does not disappoint. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day! The characters are well-rounded and believable and the descriptions brought the caves and beaches in Tasmania to life. I really felt as if I was there in every scene. As expected with a Jane Harper novel, there were many twists and turns in the plot with a few red herrings thrown in. I had no idea who dunnit until the final reveal. With other books I have usually worked out the plot well before the end but with this one, I really couldn’t guess. A great page-turner, beautifully written with a great plot. I feel sad to have finished it.
Mrs C V PearceSarah-
I have really enjoyed reading Jane Hrper's previous books and was looking firward to this,her latest. What a let down........the characters had no depth to them, and I got irritated by the "waffly"padding to the story. i got halfway through the book and found I just didn't care about any of the characters, or what happened to them. Very disappointing.
HadderJoe Bathelt
I'm a Tassie girl, and in parts I did not feel that this story revealed the true beauty and nature of the environment set in Eaglehawk Neck. It did portray that without respect the water & caves can be a dangerous place. (You only have to visit the blow-hole at Eaglehawk Neck to feel the full force of how unsafe nature and water combined can create). This the first Jane Harper book I have read and I was disappointed for the following reasons. The story really didn't have any meaning for me until 3/4's into the book and I found my self skim reading up to that point. If you are a Tasmanian, there will be some things that you will identify with. Such as how parochial Hobartians are, people in small towns and coping mechanisms to deal with tragedy. I noted that there was a fair bit of name dropping in the prologue, such Jane being married to one of the oldest family names in Tas. I am aware of awards, and films derived from Harper books, an achievement to be proud of, but my enjoyment of the story rated the writers skill @ 2/5.
Ms. Rosamund M. Well
I really enjoyed Jane’s first three books. This one didn’t hold my interest or attention. I didn’t find the characters real, interesting or engaging. I was really irritated to find the word “specialism”. Not a word. I suspect the book was written in a hurry and it was poorly edited. I would not recommend it.

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