Home sweet home? Well, not exactly. This eerie seaside town is burdened by secrets, storms, and an unsolved murder.
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Why I love it
One thing I’ve learned from reading scripts is that good writers—of screenplays and novels alike—pay attention to plot above all else. Another thing I’ve learned is that great writers introduce you to an unforgettable cast of characters at the same time. In The Survivors, Jane Harper demonstrates her ability to be a great writer. I enjoyed turning the pages of her latest watertight story, but what I really liked was getting to know Kieran, Mia, and the other characters who bring it to life.
When the book opens, Kieran, his girlfriend Mia, and their baby are staying in the small coastal town where he grew up, visiting family. The mood is already uneasy—Kieran left home after school and doesn’t return often—but then immediately becomes worse when a body washes up on the beach. When a police investigation is opened, painful memories that Kieran has long tried to suppress come roaring back. Meanwhile, a murderer remains at large, and may even be closer than Kieran and his community suspect.
This is a powerful story with all the best mystery elements: family secrets, a trail of clues, and conflicting accounts of “whodunit.” But it’s also a powerful story about forgiveness, regret, and how life-or-death moments subtly shape our identities for decades to come. All the while, the tension builds towards an unforgettable ending, like the gradual coming of an imposing tide. Make this your Book of the Month!
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...
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“Slow burn “ & “Atmospheric” usually signal boring to me, but I took a chance with The Survivors. So glad I did. Complex, honest relationships with meticulously believable twists made this one shine.
Moved slow at the beginning. Not creepy or scary. More of a ‘who done it’. The last 100 pages finally get pretty intense! So many suspects! Who killed these two girls 12 years apart? You’ll be shocked
This was a yet again another amazing read from BOTM. I was sucked into the story and couldn’t put it down. I finished it in two days. I didn’t see the ending coming at all and really felt for Kierian.
Fairbanks , AK
Very well written and captivating! I wasn’t sure who did it right until the end which is always a bonus. The author also seamlessly tied ends together but did so in good time so it didn’t seem rushed.
Never written a review. I almost put this book down about 50 pages in and then magic happened. I couldn’t put this book down. Twists and turns galore! Best book I have read this year. Thank you BOTM!
Natrona Heights, PA
What a great book! Didn’t know at first if I was going to like it. But the author drew you in, made sure you came to love and understand the characters and brought the past to the future for healing.
San Jose, CA
Harper is amazing. Just as all her others, I couldn’t stop turning the pages and I lost sleep trying to get to the conclusion! Love when a book keeps me guessing. And now I want to travel to Tasmania!
This is my first Tasmanian book but it’s small town theme felt universal. Some people move away to the big city, and some people never leave. Within that tension is a surprisingly complex plot. Loved!
Philadelphia , PA
Thought-provoking “who done it” that mainly examines relationships, the complexity of guilt and coping mechanisms, and what really matters at the end. Not your typical thriller but so worth reading!
It is very rare that I don’t see the twist coming ahead of time and this is one of those books that i didn’t see it coming! The characters were so relatable that I delt I knew them. Excellent story!
Granville , MA
I really liked this story. Dark secrets between life long friends are the basis for this mystery and it was done well. The ending felt a bit rushed and I would’ve liked more detail. Overall good read.
Great book! Excellent mystery! I had a hard time going back and forth between the time line with it beingtwelve years apart. Nothing to note this. However, it’s a mystery with every turn of the page!
I devoured this book! I loved the small Tasmanian beach town setting- the Survivors, the caves. I loved the drama of the infamous storm, as well as the current murder. Ending was abrupt but still good
Beach thriller junkie here. Loved this book, it’s atmosphere, characters… up until last ~10 pages when I wanted to cry. The twist I thought was coming was a red herring, the real truth unexpected!
Rarely does a mystery novel truly surprise me- but this one did. The characters were rich and dimensional, I found myself wondering about them every time I was away from this book until I finished it.
Miller Place, NY
Loved this book! It was the first book I read by this author and it won't be my last! All the characters were well developed and the story was written as though you were right there with all of them
From the beginning something was there that kept you reading. Once i got to the middle though i FLEW threw this book. I was hooked instantly by different aspects and different mysteries. & THE END <3
A whodunit involving complex relationships,'The Survivors' is a suspenseful & atmospheric mystery in which long submerged secrets threaten to surface & subtle clues culminate in an unexpected ending.
A fantastic thriller! A young women is found dead on the beach. The investigation opens up secrets from the town's past. Jane Harper gives us a multitude of characters each has their own unique story.
This book was very good! I did not see the end coming! I loved how atmospheric it was with Tasmania as the back drop! It was dark, beachy, and included sunken wrecks, deep sea diving, and caves! ????