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The Survivors Club

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  7,263 ratings  ·  340 reviews
One of today's most electrifying suspense novelists, "New York Times" bestselling author Lisa Gardner returns with a shattering thriller that dares to play on our deepest vulnerabilities. In this masterful new novel, the killer may very well be the one you sympathize with the most....
They survived what no woman should ever have to...more
Paperback, 497 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jan Alixopulos
I call Lisa Gardner the "QUEEN OF CREEP". All of the novels I read by her (including a few D.D. Warren books) seem to have a well developed sense of creepitude. Creepy, sleazy,smarmy and just..I dunno: foul. Child in peril? We got it. Screwed up adults because as children they were in peril? We got it.

The Survivors Club fits into this genre nicely; I mean the bad guy molested and murdered 10 children and buried them in his basement. See what I mean?

And yet, here I am.. a lover of her CREEPINESS...more
You'd think I would've learned my lesson. I decided to give this writer a shot because, hey, so many stars, both here and on Amazon! That's got to mean something, right?


This is a police procedural written by someone who has only the vaguest idea about many, many things related to forensics and police work. I am no expert but I read a lot and I like to kid myself I learn stuff. Very little of this novel seemed credible. Why would cops go to bars to interview patrons early in the morning, for...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner which is an excellent thriller which I bought from a local supermarket. I think this book is either a standalone thriller or the first in a new series. It's also doing well in the British Paperback Bestsellers Chart currently. The plot is 3 college students have been raped by a serial rapist and he has been prosecuted but on the steps of the courtroom he was gunned down and died and it looks like a professional job. Initially suspicion...more
Jerome Parisse
This was my first Lisa Gardner book (I am reading a second one as I am writing this). I had heard of her and was keen to read what she wrote. I wasn't disappointed. The first thing that struck me as I started reading is that Gardner knows how to write. By that I means that, unlike a lot of crime readers I like for their plots and stories more than for their mastery of writing, Gardner uses a variety of techniques to tell her stories. She shifts viewpoints, she uses metaphors, she alternates betw...more
5- Stars for the reading. I listened to this on audio with Anna Fields as the narrator, whose voice I adore and who can perform the hell out of a story. She was, as usual, superb. Gruff Fitch was as different from Dreamy Meg who was as different from no-nonsense Jillian etc. So much so that I always knew 'who' was speaking.

4- Stars for the suspense and characters. Loved Griffin the state cop with anger issues (with good reason) especially. And I liked how incredibly twisted the story was.

3- Star...more
Gardner, Lisa – 5th book, Stand Alone

A sensitive but tough Rhode Island state police detective just returned from a bereavement leave (his beloved wife has died of cancer), Griffin encounters a hell of a case: a serial rapist, Eddie Como, is professionally hit in the courthouse parking lot, but whoever set up the kill doesn't want any loose ends: a car bomb results in an extra-crispy assassin. The prime suspects for this crime are Eddie's surviving victims: Jillian Hayes,...more
Claudia Putnam
So, I admit I read this.

Gardner is a competent writer. It's too bad that she doesn't turn her mind and her talent to real issues. She doesn't seem to have any interest in overarching themes other than headlines and a bit of romance and basic CSI stuff that everyone already knows. Her cops tend to have the dead spouse trope going on. All the standard cop demons, blah blah. There's no deep psychology or sociology or political economy (Flynn has an abiding interest in the way the recession is twis...more
The funny thing is I can't figure out exactly why I didnt love this book. It had all the lements right. Characters that interested me, plot twists that were surprising at times. Well paced. yet it didnt work well for me. Maybe it is because it seemed implausable to me. But that shouldnt be it - I enjoy that many times.

I will just chalk it up as - I can see why others really like it and I LIKED it but not as much as I thought I should have
Dan Ries
I’ve been reading a lot of slower paced epic historical fiction novels, so I was looking forward to a fast paced ‘thriller.’ I noticed that Lisa Gardner’s novels tend to be highly rated on this site so I decided to introduce myself to her writing, starting with one of her non-series novels.
While I did appreciate the primary antagonist character she created (David Price), I found most of the other character development in this novel to be rather shallow and their interaction with each other to be...more
Jennifer Patrick
Fast paced, exciting read. I would definately try some other of this author's books. The only thing I didn't like was it was almost too neat at the end. Too convenient. I know I am pretty harsh with my ratings and not a whole lot gets over 3 stars from me. I may be turning into a book snob! Someone stop me!
Whew - enough evil and insanity in a couple of the characters in this story to surpass the Manson "family" along with some intriguing twists and some strong, courageous heroes who don't always make the wisest choices.
I have waited 2 days to write a review so that i would not disrespect a writer and her artistic effort which by itself is something to be appreciated. Allow me to put it this way: after around page 150, i started to skim and scan, literally glancing at only first and last sentences of each paragraph, up until the chapter before last, where "all is revealed" and did not miss a beat, but saved myself from quite a frustration arising from the writing. I had picked two books from Ms. Gardner, lookin...more
Riley McLane
Very good fictional crime book. It was a little confusing to put all the plot lines together. Lots of twists and turns
Let's see, how to rate this book? Well, I loved the "Survivors" themselves; I think the author did a great job portraying each woman and their struggles, and I felt like the reader really gets to "know" these ladies. Now the book itself was a unique and twisted crime; I enjoyed the suspense and guessing who the culprit was but wow, Gardner is so detailed in how the criminals mastermind the crimes, that it makes me feel a little uneasy. We all know there are lots of crazies in the world, but to f...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 06, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Those Looking for a Decent Airplane Read
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
"The Survivors Club" consists of Jillian Hayes, Meg Pesaturo, Carol Rosen--a "business woman, a college coed and an upper-crust wife." They all survived the College Hill rapist and banned together to put pressure on the police that led to the arrest of Eddie Como. On the day his trial was to begin, a sniper guns him down in front of the courthouse. What happens right afterwards to the assassin in the first pages is the first twist of the book, and hooked me in. The primary investigator is Roan G...more
If you are looking for a suspense novel with super-hero characters this is not for you. Every major character in this novel is emotionally damaged. They suffer from anxiety attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, attempted suicides etc; in other words the type of things "real" people suffer when they experience rape, shootings, kidnappings, etc;
The Survivors Club is made up of 3 women who have been victimized by a serial rapist. The novel begins after the rapist has been caught. He is murdere...more
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O clube das Sobreviventes é composto por Jillian, Meg e Carol, três mulheres que sobreviveram ao violador em série conhecido como o Violador de College Hill.. Sobreviveram... mas até recomeçarem a viver parece existir uma grande distância. Meg não se lembra de nada do seu passado, desde a noite em que fora violada. Carol vive apavorada, bulímica, bebendo e tomando comprimidos a mais que o desejável e recomendável. Jillian, a líder do grupo, transmite a imagem de mulher forte, mas vive atormentad...more
The Survivors Club members are three women. All very different, but with one thing in common: all were assaulted by the same man, Eddie Como, a.k.a. The College Hill Serial Killer. Meg, a young college co-ed and Eddie's first victim, has suffered complete loss of memory from the trauma. Carol, a high-society East side wife, has pretty much lost her mind and possibly her husband. Jillian, a successful businesswoman, actually interrupted as Eddie Como killed her younger sister. Together, they've j...more
Gwynne Andal
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Regina Lindsey
In the opening chpater, two men are talking through how to commit the perfect crime, how to execute without leaving behind evidence. The College Hill rapist goes on to attack four women and three survive. An arrest is made. On his way to court for the trial, Eddie Como is killed by a roof top sniper and minutes later the sniper is killed in a car bomb. The three surviving women each handle the effects of the incident differently; however, a bond is created and they form the Survivors Club, "We a...more
They survived what no woman should ever have to endure. Now these three women have the means, the opportunity, and the perfect motive. Are they trying to get away with murder-or is someone trying to make sure that this time they don't get away at all.

The Survivors Club...that's what Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pasaturo call it. They won't consider themselves victims. They are survivors. They faced the blazing headlines and helped lead the investigation that caught the man who changed th...more
The Survivors Club is made up of Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo. Three women, all from different walks of life, who survived brutal attacks by a serial rapist. Ironically, they become the prime suspects when the accused man is murdered right before his court appearance and his assassin is blown up as he attempts to leave the scene.

These three characters are well drawn and extremely empathetic. However, Griffin and Fitz are at the top of "my favorite characters" category. Detective...more
Katie Trenerowski
Oct 30, 2012 Katie Trenerowski rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katie by: Camila komarnicka
Don't be fooled by the title of this book. I thought that it was referring to "cancer survivors" or those who had been shot in a terrible shooting. Nope. This was about a "CLUB" of rape victim survivors. All those who had been raped, nonetheless, by the same man.

That being said, rape is such a very tender subject. It is very emotional and can be very traumatizing and the way that it was described or talked about in this book wasn't what I would call gentle. I just felt very uncomfortable when I...more
Teresa in Ohio
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i recently came to a realization that many of the books I had read in the past few months and many of the ones in my immediate TBR pile wer paranormal/UF and/or YA books of some kind. While these books are some of my favorites, in an attempt to not become burnt out, I went back to an old staple, the murder mystery. Overall, I adore Lisa Gardner's books and I've had this one sitting on my shelf for quite some time, the only older book of hers I had yet to read. Evidently there was a reason for th...more
Carrie Kellenberger
Does Lisa Gardner have a boring bone in her body? If she does, it sure doesn't show in her writing. You can expect plenty of thrills in any of her fast-paced and well researched novels, and The Survivors Club is no exception.

It's Roan Griffin's first day back as a Rhode Island state police detective after a long hiatus from work owing to the death of his wife and a serial child murder case that nearly broke him. It doesn't take any time at all before he becomes embroiled in another case that is...more
Jennifer Gelert
4 women, 3 of them were raped, 1 was killed and 1 assaulted. Then the Survivors Club was born. A year later the rapist was going to trial and then - he was killed by a sniper. All of a sudden what everyone thought was true was no longer.

I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on. Felt the pain and agony of those women as they relived over and over again the crime that was done to them. Only to find their rapist was not who they thought. Could their lives be in trouble o...more
Heather Schmutz
The Survivors Club was created by Jillian Hayes where Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo find peace or at least try to find it after their brutal attacks. When they feel law enforcement wasn't good enough they made headlines, helped lead the investigation that caught the man accused of attacking, raping and killing their loved ones and then everything changed.

Eddie Como, the College Hill rapist was caught, charged, murdered then shot down outside a packed courthouse moments before his trial was abou...more
Heather P
This book gets 6 stars instead of 5 forsure! I loved this book, 'completely'....I was so into this book. Chapter 15 I was scared out of my wits not knowing what was going to happen. I was hoping that no one would knock on my window while I was reading in the school parking lot in fears that I would freak out! I thought I knew who the bad guys was but it surprised me but in a good way that it wasn't who I thought it was. Lisa Gardner is the female for James Patterson, she completely rocks, I love...more
Heather P
This book gets 6 stars instead of 5 forsure! I loved this book, 'completely'....I was so into this book. Chapter 15 I was scared out of my wits not knowing what was going to happen. I was hoping that no one would knock on my window while I was reading in the school parking lot in fears that I would freak out! I thought I knew who the bad guys was but it surprised me but in a good way that it wasn't who I thought it was. Lisa Gardner is the female for James Patterson, she completely rocks, I love...more
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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in po...more
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