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The Surviving Girls

(Hidden Sins #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  690 ratings  ·  158 reviews

A fierce survivor and a fearless FBI agent battle a copycat serial killer in a gripping thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Twelve years ago, Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson miraculously lived through the notorious Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one of their sisters dead. Still wrestling with the trauma but finally out of

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 282 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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2.5 Stars

The Surviving Girls
was gruesome and thrilling, but very implausible in parts.

The romance was sudden and underwhelming but didn’t take up a large part of the story. The fact that Dante was so unfocused because of his attraction was a little disappointing.

I will say the story kept my interest, kept me turning pages even if parts were unbelievable to me.

A copy was kindly provided by Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review.

Sawyer  ❤
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rating 3.5/5 rounded up

Firstly, this cover is beautiful, but it's missing something very, very important. I'm choosing to believe there's sexy, topless FBI agent in that house. ;)

I might have a bad track record with men but my goodness, reading about poor Lei and her ex-boyfriend made me feel like my mistakes weren't so bad.

This was a good story. There was drama and action and angst. At the beginning of the book, we're introduced to Lei and Emma who survived a
First thoughts after reading.

Goes off to find info on serial killers.

There are 25-50 active serial killers in the US at any given moment. Right now.

Phew, good I don’t live in the US.


Currently in Germany there are 8 active serial killers. Alright so I know I’m not exactly doomed and I am more likely to get run over by a bus. Yet with that I am repelled and fascinated all at the same time. My paranoia is currently on high speed.

The Surviving Girls is exactly what I needed to give me some exci
Elizabeth Neal
Lei knows evil, intimately unfortunately, and it's left a permanent mark on her in many ways. It shaped the woman she became. Twelve years ago, Lei and her friend, Emma, were the only survivors of the Sorority Row Murders. While she's thankful she and Emma survived, they mourn every day for the twenty-one that didn't. Lei and Emma have both used their second chance to help others. But Lei will never be able to forget those who died, nor the fact that the killer was her boyfriend. He's out of her ...more
Rating 4.5/5*

WOW!! This story is packed with intrigue, deception, puzzles, danger, threats and, of course, murders. It is twelve years since Lei Zhang and Emma Nilsson were the only survivors from the Sorority Row murders that resulted in twenty one other people in the same sorority being killed. They have both obviously been affected by the experience and are a mutual support team. Now Emma is a skilled computer hacker and researcher working with Lei to help find the bodies of people who are mi
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 2 was disappointing but I did enjoy book 3. If you like book 1 in the series then you chances are you will like book 3.
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ARC received for an honest review

This book! I finished reading The Surviving Girls last night, and my heart is still racing.

Lei and Emma's story is one that will have you looking over your shoulder, wondering at every bump in the night and give you hyper-alert senses.

Their story is not a fun one - the past decade has been a world of horrors, but as a reader you can't help but cheer that they are finally starting to move on in life - as much as they can.

But boy, Ms Robert really has ratcheted u
Sherri Thacker
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first book by this author, Katee Robert. Even though this is the 3rd book in this series, I don’t think I missed anything buy not reading the other 2 books first. I liked the storyline and it kept me guessing till the end. It grabbed me from the first page but then it started to drag a little and I found myself skimming through pages. Overall, I give it 3 stars. Thanks to the publisher and a NetGalley for letting me review this book early. All opinions expressed are my own.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Boy, the author stepped up her game with the killer in this one. I thought the last one was depraved but killing 21 in one night – you sir win the sick and twisted killer of year..

Could you image – your whole sorority, except for your best friend who had a front row seat to the massacre, all raped and killed while you were trapped in a room able to hear them all dying.. And if that wasn't enough to send you over the edge to loonyville – they were all murdered by your boyfriend at the time.

What do you do when history repeats itself, particularly if there’s a past you’d rather move on from, but can’t seem to? Katee Robert puts forward a rather chilling case where her protagonists struggle to get free of the nightmare they endured in college years ago only to find themselves embroiled in it once more.

‘The Surviving Girls’ was a start-stop affair for me; I took an extraordinarily long time with it which meant that I could walk away and return without difficulty. It wasn’t really a b
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Surviving Girls was an exciting, fast-paced read with an interesting plot and a fantastic set of characters.

Twelve years ago Lei Zhang and Emma Nilsson were the only survivors of the Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one girls dead. While Lei and Emma made it out with their lives, the trauma of that night has never left them. Now Lei and Emma run a search and rescue group that aims to find other victims and give their families closure. When a new set of murders occur with startling simil
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Wanna know what would have made me give 5 stars to this book instead of 3? If the label romance wasn't on this book. There is no real romance in this story, only some pieces that were thrown into it and I am not sure that we were supposed to fall for that. Lei and Declan could have gone each to their way and I would have been completely fine with that. There wasn't enough relationship material for these two. The "romance" killed a book that was good. We could have been fine without it and that's ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

The Surviving Girls was an edge of the seat, nail biting type of read. I enjoyed it very much especially the way it all unfolded. Although the romance took a back seat to the suspense I still enjoyed that aspect of the story. I think the author did a great job crafting this story. I definitely recommend it suspense and thriller fans.

ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lei Zhang and Emma Nilsson were the only survivors of a brutal attack that took the lives of twenty one of their sorority sisters. It’s been twelve years since the Sorority Row Murders and both women still feel the after effects of the trauma. Lei feels extra guilty as she was dating Travis Berkley, the man sent to prison for the murders. Emma never leaves the home she shares with Lei in Stillwater, Washington. She works at home in the tech industry working with grids and hacking. Emma and her c ...more
***5 Stars***

Can we say that my anxiety level was raised a few notches while reading this one?

I mean, I’m good at being aware of my surroundings and all that, but the need to ensure that everything was on lockdown in my home and considering taking some self defense classes and possibly buying a taser were all things that were on a loop in my head with this one because the creeped out feelings were oh so real.

Lei was a pretty kickass woman. I had to admire her determination to live, even as s
Michele A.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book begins with Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson reliving their worst nightmare. They were the only 2 to survive the Sorority Row Murders that left 21 other girls dead at the end of the night. They find out that it appears that 3 other girls were murdered in a similar style to Travis. Lei and Emma have both been dealing with their feelings from that night in different ways. Emma has become a virtual recluse and Lei has begun a cadaver rescue and/or find operation. Both of them have now ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re coming into this book looking for a conventional romantic suspense read, you might want to have a rethink. I’d describe this more as a crime thriller with a side of romance, and it contains some much heavier themes than a typical romantic suspense.

The surviving girls of the title are Lei and Emma, the only survivors of a sorority house massacre twelve years before the story is set. Best friends, they live a pretty co-dependent life, sharing a fortresslike house where agoraphobic Emma h
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Not believable

The Surviving Girls is the third book in the Hidden Sins series and it’s the weakest of the stories. The reason being the plot for me had too many holes in it. The first being that a woman locked in her room while her friends were being killed, her twenty friends, doesn’t jump out the window to escape or get help with the first scream. Wow! Then you have twenty one sorority sisters who make to attempt to rush the killer and allow themselves to be slaughtered one by one. Yes herd m
Book Him Danno
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read summer read!!

Katee Robert has the ability to bring readers to their knees with the action back thriller The Surviving Girls. I couldn't put this book down the story is perfectly placed so that readers will not be able to put the book down. The twist and turns are easy enough to figure out but the adventure is and story telling will keep reads from putting down the story.

The author Katee Roberts is able to have readers sympathize with the women as the try hard to more on from
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
ARC Review

If this book focused exclusively on the mystery aspect of the story, this would be a four star book. As it is, the implausibility of the relationship between Dante, the FBI agent, and the key witness in an investigation, Lei, is almost distracting. It is a shame because the suspense parts has lots of great twists and turns. I would say, just ignore the romance, but the author spends a considerable amount of time trying to justify the warp speed insta-love. Now, I'm not a huge
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First let me say that this book and the two previous novels are a true testament that Katee can write anything. Mystery and suspense to raw, sexy romance she just nails it every single time.
This book was so twisted and a little different than the two previous suspense books.

Lei and her friend Emma are the sole survivors of a mass murder in a sorority house backing California while they were in college. The killer who was a privileged, all around good guy and surely his families money would get
Sandy S
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 29,2018

Twelve years ago, Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson miraculously lived through the notorious Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one of their sisters dead. Still wrestling with the trauma but finally out of the limelight, Lei and Emma are now devoted to helping other victims find closure. But most disturbing for Lei—beyond the gut-wrenching survivor guilt—is that the killer was her boyfriend. He’s behind bars, but she’ll never lower her g
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katee Robert - you have outdone yourself with this book in this series. This is my favorite book so far in this series. I couldn't stop reading (while I was awake). Hell, my brain even had me dreaming of this book.

The Surviving Girls gave me chills at so many points in this book - it was written that damn good. I got this sense that I was right there with these characters as this unwound this twisted path they were thrown onto.

I won't give any details because you need to read this one blind (as
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Sarah – ☆☆☆☆
This is not a book to read while home alone! Twelve years after surviving a serial killer’s rampage that took the lives of twenty-one sorority sisters, Lei and Emma live in a self-made fortress in the Washington woods. The women’s world is shaken for a second time when the original murders are recreated and the killer starts playing twisted games with their minds.

The investigation is l
Heather 123
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOLY COW!!!!! This book is just amazing! Absolutely amazing!

For starters, it makes you think about what happens to survivors of mass tragedies. Especially in light of all the school shootings and attacks going on in the world today. This book gives us a look at what happens to those who do survive. How do you move past watching 21 of your sorority sisters die? How do you move past the guilt that you were the one who let the killer into the house that night.

Lei and Emma are....broken after surviv
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is not a book to read while home alone! Twelve years after surviving a serial killer rampage that took the lives of twenty-one sorority sisters, Lei and Emma live in a self-made fortress in the Washington woods. The women’s world is shaken for a second time when the original murders are recreated and the killer starts playing twisted games with their minds.

The investigation is led by FBI BAU agents Dante and Clarke. I liked
Peggy Jaeger
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
12 years ago college students Emma Nilson and Lei Zhang were the only survivors of a spree killing in their college sorority by Lei’s boyfriend. Captured and incarcerated, the killer changed their lives forever. One is agoraphobic, the other fighting everyday to put the past behind her. Until the past comes back to life.

A new round of killings, eerily similar to those of the Sorority Row Murders propels the girls into the limelight and their much sought after anonymity is destroyed.

The FBi agent
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kindle
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.*

A excellent thriller that kept me on the edge. My review is based on what little I know about the thriller genre. I’ve read some but not a lot.

I found the plot interesting and the storyline is good because it had a pace that was easy enough to follow but with a twist. That twist made it a 5 star read for me.

Characters building was good and they all felt familiar in the end.

There’s no unneces
Jayasree B
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was all about rebuilding a life. The way Lei and Emma got on after that incident. But it doesn't stop there. Twelve years later and there are a few girls murdered in the same manner and they belonged to the same sorority. Lei and Emma are alerted and they have been asked to help the investigating officers. Is it a copycat who is doing this or was there an accomplice who has come out of the woods twelve years later? A lot of questions come up, and they get answered as the investigation ...more
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her child ...more

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