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Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal.

Directly I saw him, I knew he had to die.’ Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the luck
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Published September 6th 2018 by Simon Schuster UK
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Jaline
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Update: Publication Day Today - April 30, 2019

Of the many novels and history books about World War Two, one aspect of events that is much rarer to come across is the aftermath. There must be thousands of stories about what happened after the actual fighting was winding down or finished altogether, and yet these stories are not often told or heard.

Poland, 1945 – in a forest, a woman and her 10 year old daughter flee toward Germany, struggling to out-run their pursuers: renegades, refugees - despe
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Kylie D
"Today I will kill Oscar Scholz.
Are you shocked?
I am. The thoughts in my head are on fire."

Klara and her 10yo daughter Alicja find themselves in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany after WW2 after fleeing from their native Warsaw. Klara, being half English, is trying to make her way to England to find family and to try to create a new life for them after her fighter pilot husband was killed in combat. Both Klara and Alicja have been forced to do things that they would much rather not during and
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This is a title that has been sitting on NG shelve for quite some time now, so when Lindsay told me she was reading The Survivors, I decided it was time to knock it off. Halfway in, we started chatting about the characters, and I had no idea what she was talking about. Then it hit me, we are reading two different books. Well, that added some laughter to our day, and I am glad I got the push to read this one finally.

The Survivors focuses on the aftermath of the fall of Hitler's regime. Klara and
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Brenda
Klara Janowska and her ten-year-old daughter Alicja had managed to evade capture after their escape, but the desperate looking women, determined to have their ounce of flesh just about destroyed Klara. Once again they had nothing. Their arrival at the Graufeld Camp - home of thousands of Displaced Persons - which the British had set up after the end of the war, was a safety of sorts. At least they had a roof over their heads, and food (although very little) in their bellies. Klara’s determinatio ...more
Erin
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I have been a fan of Kate Furnivall's since reading The Red Scarf and so I didn't hesitate to request this one. A powerful story of love and betrayal in the aftermath of WWII.

The Survivors takes place in a DP(displaced persons) camp after WWII. Polish mother and daughter Klara and Alicja are awaiting travel to England to be near Klara's grandmother. They have found friends in the camp and spend their days surviving the best way they can. When a man from Klara's past enters the camp under ano
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Magdalena
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Furnivall's writing is just exquisite. The Survivors is an excellent read, full of emotion and underlying tension, this moving story of war survivors is compelling and impossible to put down.
Furnivall wrote a well-rounded and interesting characters. Especially Klara, her determination to protect her daughter, made her such a compelling character, I could not help but feel for her. The grit and strength she needed to survive, all that she went through, her story will stay with me for a long
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Emily B
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I learnt a lot of interesting things from reading this novel but I didn’t fall in love with it.

For me it would have worked better if the flashbacks in time came quicker. I found it only made complete sense and significant meaning towards the end.
Ken
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess that I wasn’t aware of the Displaced Persons Camps that sprung up in Germany after the Second World War.
Serving as a safe place for refugees or concentration camp survivors it makes sense that something cataclysmic would take time to resolve, especially as borders changed and homes were bombed.

The Survivors follows Klara Janowaska as she strives to give her daughter Alicja a better future, with Klara being half British they arrive at a camp in the British sector with the intention
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Jeanette Lewis
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for this book to read and review.
The author has created a beautiful and complex thriller. The end of WW2 and all of Europe is in turmoil with millions of displaced people. The Allies have set up camps to house as many as is possible, to feed, clothe and to try and re-establish identities for those who have lost or had personal papers destroyed and eventually to try and repatriate them with any family still alive. There are also Nazis hiding within the camps with n
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Stephanie Anze
"We all kept our secrets. It's what we carried around inside us. All of us survivors. Sorrow. Sadness. Heartache. Secrets. You cannot go through a war without being branded."

Klara Janowska and her ten-year-old daughter, Alicja have survived the war. Klara's husband was a pilot whose plane was shot down. Klara is half Polish and half English and seeks to find a way to England. To that end, she seeks refuge in Graufeld Camp, a British controlled camp for displaced persons in Germany. While waiting
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Natty
Well that was a quick paced read right through from start to finish, I would have read this one in a couple of days easily if it wasn't for my roles and responsibilities in my life interrupting...

Kate Furnivall has a magical way of making you a spectator in the midst of the action like you are visiting their world but they can't see you but you can see and feel what is happening... I have read a few war stories as its one of my favourite eras of time to read about but I haven't come across one a
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Bookworm
2.5 stars rounded down
This story will certainly have its fans but, for me, the plot was too slow. It takes place shortly after WW2 in a displacement camp. I'd never heard of displacement camps before so it was interesting to learn more about this setting, the overcrowding and rustic conditions. The author uses multiple perspectives and flashbacks during the war to tell the story of Klara, a Polish resistance fighter who is forced to work as a collaborator after being captured by the Nazis.. Klar
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Zoe
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haunting, moving, and gritty!

The Survivors is an edgy, poignant tale that sweeps you away to the Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp, post-WWII, where thousands of people live in cramped conditions with basic rations while they struggle to comprehend the horrors they’ve endured, find love ones possibly lost forever, protect their beloved, rebuild lives, and for some hide from the justice they deserve.

The prose is tense and mysterious. The characters are scared, vulnerable, and resilient. And the plo
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Until this book, I can't say I'd read a novel quite like it which described the post war conditions of those who survived the war. I've read books about the conditions in Auschwitz etc and other camps and indeed in Jewish ghettos but this story about the Displaced Persons camp was new and utterly fascinating if not grim and heartbreaking at the same time.

It's set largely inside such a camp. The people there come from all walks of life and I was horrified to learn
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Vanessa Wild
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set just after WWII in a refugee camp in Germany. Klara and Alicja Janowska are survivors of the horrors of war and find themselves living in Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp. Klara recognises a man from her past, someone posing as a refugee and therefore hiding his true identity. Klara believes that she and her daughter are in grave danger and she is left with a dilemma.

This is an exciting and gripping story about greed and revenge. It’s quite the page turner, a rollercoaster of a ride. I was vi
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Gill Paul
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kate Furnivall's heroines are always smart, tough and feisty but Klara Janowska is the most powerful yet. Stuck in a displaced persons' camp in postwar Germany, she has to fight to protect herself and her daughter Alicja from an unwelcome arrival from the past, and to stay out of the grip of the ruthless Soviet army.
Beautifully written and impeccably researched, the novel gives a vivid, evocative picture of the claustrophobia of the camps, where they slept in bunks within large airless huts, and
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Bev Walkling
Many thanks to Simon & Schuster, and #Netgalley for an ARC of The Survivors in return for an honest review.

I have read a large number of books that are set in the time of the second World War, but I haven't read very many set in the time shortly after the war ended, and this was in part what drew me to this book. I knew very little of what life was like for those who had to live in displaced persons camps and knowing that there are still far too many displaced person camps in existence in the pr
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Toni Osborne
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Post war Germany 1945, this epic historical fiction brings us to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp where we follow Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja, they along with thousands others who needed to navigate through dangerous conditions and do anything to find a safe home. Klara and Alicja were the lucky ones.

Klara and Alicka are the heart in this sad tale. The story highlights how far a mother would go to protect her child and how deep the love of a daughter has for her mother. Both had endure
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Helen
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbc, tbc-review-book
4-4.5 stars - loved it, a book set in post WW2 Germany, centred around a displaced persons camp.

As always with this author the writing is engaging, the characters are wonderfully drawn and the descriptions of the displaced persons camp, the bombed cities and the dangers and travel restrictions between the four military occupation zones and are vividly absorbing and were (for me) really educational. I LOVED that the lead female Klara was a strong, highly intelligent woman who will do anything to
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Jenny
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery, war
The Survivors is about love, betrayal and revenge. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicija arrived at Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp after World War Two and thought that she had found safety at last. However, this was not the case. Klara Janowska recognised a man from her past that could destroy everything for her and her daughter. The readers of The Survivors will continue to follow to see what happens to Klara and Alicija. Also, the readers will be surprised and pleased with the ending of thi ...more
Kathy
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of WW2 books written and I do love WW2 stories that take you to a time and place that we as the reader can only imagine, but this book was a little different mainly set directly afterwards in a Displaced Persons Camp which I didn’t really know about before. Characters were amazing and I was able to feel the horror and desperation in each page. They were brave people for sure and I was invested to see how it all came out in the end and if they got out. A nice little twist at the e ...more
Sue McQuaide Kitt
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical novels are one of my go to genres when I find I need a break from crime.

The Survivors was a bit different from the normal books I read about the war, this was set directly after WW2 , in 1945, we don’t often read about the millions of Displace People with no money, no home and for many, no hope. For most they have lost everything, and not just wealth, entire families have been killed and they have nowhere to call home.

Klara Janowska was separated from her young daughter Alicja severa
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Laura
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
I really enjoyed this post wartime novel - as ever, it’s refreshing to read about heroines and female resistance fighters even if they are fictional. The author excellently sets the scene in a displaced persons camp soon after the conclusion of World War Two and creates strong, believable women who have survived the war in Europe but are still in danger.

There is a lot of tense scenes within the story, and the author diligently describes how even kind and law abiding people are reduced to theft a
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Emma Crowley
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kate Furnivall is one of my all time favourite authors and once again with her new book The Survivors she has crafted another masterpiece, it's a gripping story from beginning to end. It's packed full of tension, danger, manipulation, mystery and intrigue with the theme of survival being the focal point to the plot. Right from the opening pages I was instantly drawn into the world of Klara Janowska and her young daughter Alicja as theirs was a story that was absorbing, thrilling, powerful and in ...more
Julia
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Survivors by Kate Furnivall is a powerful epic historical novel that consumed me from the start.
The novel is set in 1945 mainly in a displaced persons camp in Europe. The war is officially over but for thousands of people there still is nowhere to go. An air of suspicion hangs over the camp as people await their future.
War alters people. They behave by a different set of rules and moral code. They do what they have to do to survive. Lies easily roll off the tongue. Whose version of the truth
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Carolyn
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Diamonds! *****

The Survivors by Kate Furnivall set in post-war Germany tells the story of Klara Janowska and Alicia (her daughter) and the Graufield Displaced Persons Camp.

It's a story of power, struggle, survival and a fight for freedom.

Spies, Nazis, Soldiers in post-war Germany.

Bombs, explosions.

Diamonds ... thousands of diamonds.

I covered myself in diamonds as I read this book.

Subtle descriptions of fashion.

I read The Survivors over almost one night and day - totally gripping and un-put-
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Lisa M
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been on my wishlist for a number of months and I had high hopes for it. It certainly didn't disappoint and I'll be looking up more of Kate Furnivall's work. I did think the ending was a bit rushed and towards the very end it stretched the imagination quite far but it was certainly interesting and nice to read about such solid female characters (mother and young daughter). ...more
Agi
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Klara Janowska and her ten - year - old daughter Alicja have managed to survive the horrors of WWII, however the terror is not finished yet. They find themselves in Germany, in the Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp, where they are waiting for any news on their move to England, as Klara is half - English. At least they have a roof over their heads and something to eat there but still it's not a safe place. especially as one day Klara catches a sight of a man, and it makes her blood run cold - they
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Diane
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: furnivall-kate
Another exceptional story from Kate Furnivall. Not in any way an easy story to read but one that reminds us that, though this story goes back to 1939-1946, the story of displaced persons continues to this day. Thank you Kate Furnivall, as much as this book is a work of fiction, it is a reminder and an education. I thoroughtly recommend this book.
SissiReads
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start my review by saying that I picked up the book on a Saturday morning and I wasn’t able to put it down for the whole day until late in the evening. I finished it in one single sitting! It was absolutely amazing.

It tells the story about Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja who endured and finally escaped the horror of the Second World War and came to a Displaced Persons camp set up by the British army in Germany, where they could finally look forward to a future and start a new life
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Kate Furnivall was raised in Penarth, a small seaside town in Wales. Her mother, whose own childhood was spent in Russia, China and India, discovered at an early age that the world around us is so volatile, that the only things of true value are those inside your head and your heart. These values Kate explores in The Russian Concubine.

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