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The Survivors Club: A Thriller

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  10,051 ratings  ·  439 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lisa Gardner's Love You More, and a peek at the script for The Killing, AMC’s original series, which tracks the murder of a Seattle teenager and the gripping investigation it sparks, only on AMC.


. . . that’s what Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo call it. They won’t consider themselves victims. The
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Published April 29th 2003 by Bantam (first published May 21st 2002)
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Detective Sergeant Roan Griffin was returning to the job after eighteen months’ absence – his beloved wife Cindy had died from cancer while he was in the middle of the Candy Man case – his rehabilitation and counselling sessions deemed him fit to return to work. But what would this day bring for Griffin? His introduction to The Survivors Club; three women who were brought together by terrible and tragic circumstances – plus the pressure from the case which he found himself heading; a case wh
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
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 CREEPINES
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
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
I thought that this was a fabulous crime thriller. It had many twists and turns and certainly offered some surprises and kept you guessing until the end. I thought the characters were well developed and the writing was very descriptive.

Three woman have survived the rape/assault of the College Hill Rapist. One of the group organizes them and they are known as the "Survivors Club". As a group they learn about rape survivors and statistics. They take self defense classes and meet often. They truly
Karen San Diego
The Survivors Club

Given that Lisa Gardner is a very popular name in this business and in this genre, I had already known I was in for a surprise before I even decided on reading this book. I just wasn’t that much prepared, to say the least. The Survivors Club is an ideal start if you’re just beginning to read Gardner’s books. This is one of her few stand-alone novels, I believe, and one an avid reader should not miss from this author.

Okay, the synopsis goes like this:

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
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,
Diana Donnelly
This was excellent, it began with a bang and never let up. I've read books by Lisa Gardner before but I believe this was my favorite. It's one you never want to set down as it had 508 pages of true excitement. I cannot say enough good about it.
This novel has become my favorite from author Lisa Gardner. Her characters are easy to care for, and her plot is tight and filled with suspense. Highly recommend this book for suspense lovers like me.
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
Chandler Harris
- Warning, if you haven't started reading this novel yet this might be a small spoiler -
I just finished Lisa's "The Perfect Husband" as well and I'm starting to notice a theme in her novels. While I find her characters and story build wildly creative and interesting, these two novels are very alike.
Strong female characters distrusting of the police. Serial killer escapes prison killing members of the police and recapturing said strong women. Women rise up and save the day in the nick of time. S
Absolutely brilliant seriously creepy, keeps you guessing till the end, impossible to put down.

Detective sergeant Griffin is on his first day back on the job after a years leave. Although we aren't told at first what he was on leave for it's hinted at that something big happened which caused him a great deal of stress and anxiety.

Griffins first case involves investigating the death of a serial rapist on the first day of his trial and how it may or may not link to a car bomb killing a man in a
I love reading Lisa Gardner. This book ranks around 3.5. It's not one of her better novels but it was easy, fun read.
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
Jennifer Daniel
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!
Amy Barro
I have read several books from this author and I have to say that this was disappointing. This book was slow to start and at times difficult to follow. The concept of the book is clever but was not well executed. Please, consider reading her other books, don't let this turn you off because you will be missing out.
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
Gardner grabs your attention from the first sentence of this great thriller. A suspected rapist is shot by a sniper before the trial begins. Three strong women who survived the rapist's attacks have banded together to put pressure on the police to find him. So they are immediate suspects when he is shot. The problem is that soon other women are being raped using the same MO. Detective Roan Griffin is part of the investigation team and he is returning to active duty after losing his wife to cance ...more
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This was an interesting one. There were parts that were most definitely far-fetched, a trend that I am starting to notice more and more as I get into Lisa Gardner's books. Something else that I am starting to notice, but the book summary on the back of the book was a complete red herring. Jillian is considered a difficult suspect for about five pages before her actions reveal her to be a complicated woman who is trying to come to grips with the sheer unfairness of life. Despite the far-fetched e ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Conta-me Histórias
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
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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
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