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The Survivors

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  52,612 ratings  ·  6,367 reviews
Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets...

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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Pan Macmillan
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Beverley It took me a good third of the book before I got into it. I felt there was a lot of 'padding' and blatant, rather obvious red herrings. Towards the en…moreIt took me a good third of the book before I got into it. I felt there was a lot of 'padding' and blatant, rather obvious red herrings. Towards the end I started to find it gripping but there was something about the ending that left me feeling kind of flat.(less)
Brittni This explains why the library rejected my materials request as "not published in USA yet". :(…moreThis explains why the library rejected my materials request as "not published in USA yet". :((less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
I’m certainly in the minority on this one, but I just didn’t feel that Jane Harper magic with THE SURVIVORS. The atmospheric setting is wonderful, but I found the mystery at hand didn’t quite grip me like the others did. I also wish there had been an extended epilogue or something to give us more information involving a few details. Still a huge fan and will be looking forward to her next novel.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My fourth waltz with the author! She did it again! She did so much better this time! Rocked my world, broke my heart, made me fell in love with her beautiful writing and meticulously crafted characters one more time!

A murder of young art student threatened the cocooned safety of coastal town by bringing out buried secrets, lies, guilt, injustice, wrong punishments, regrets of the past related with the big storm which took away three people’s lives and traumatized their families’ lives forever!

Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Survivors by Jane Harper

Thirty year old Kieran Elliott and his girlfriend, Mia, have returned to their coastal hometown, Evelyn Bay, to help Kieran's mother pack so that his father can be moved to a long term dementia residence. Twelve years ago, Evelyn Bay was the site of a sudden devastating storm that took lives, destroyed property, and caused untold psychological damage to numerous residents. Now, on the heels of Keiran and Mia's return to the town, a young woman's body is found on the b
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Dark, Heavy, and Tragic

“She could-almost-have been one of The Survivors.”

The Survivors
is a character study centered around a murder linked to a mystery of the past.

Evelyn Bay, a small coastal town in Tasmania, has seen its fair share of tragedy. 12 years ago, two young men were lost during a tragic accident at sea during a tumultuous storm, while at the same time, a teenage girl went missing never to be seen again. In the present, the man who is to blame for the accident at sea returns home
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I am feeling both happy and sad. I’m happy that this new Jane Harper novel is every bit as good as her previous novels but sad that I will have to now wait for her next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was a bit surprised that this book was set on the Tasmanian coast after reading The Dry and The Lost Man. I never knew I could see beauty in the Australian outback until I read those books. But Ms. Harper is a master of atmosphere and I quickly found myself caught up in the new settin
Maybe it's me.

Maybe I'm just not feeling crime novels like I used to.
Maybe I've been too spoiled lately with unique stories.
Maybe too much reading has left me jaded.

Whatever the reason, I found this frustrating and slow and ultimately disappointing.

Setup: A whole bunch of secrets in a small Tasmanian coastal town, and Kieran digging through the past while we all try to work out who's responsible for the recent death of a girl.

The Good Bits

The Setting
I can't argue about Jane Harper's ability
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Survivors audiobook, by Jane Harper, narrated by Stephen Shanahan

Thirty year old Kieran Elliott and his girlfriend, Mia, have returned to their coastal hometown, Evelyn Bay, to help Kieran's mother pack so that his father can be moved to a long term dementia residence. Twelve years ago, Evelyn Bay was the site of a sudden devastating storm that took lives, destroyed property, and caused untold psychological damage to numerous residents. Now, on the heels of Keiran and Mia's return to the tow
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Survivors is another slow burn from Jane Harper that quickly morphs into a gripping, unputdownable story.

After many years away, Kieran has returned to the small Australian waterfront town where he grew up. The town holds a tragic memory for him, one that has haunted him in all the years since then. Now that he's back, with his wife and infant daughter in tow, the long buried secrets of what happened all those years ago start to surface. And a new tragedy strikes, threatening to tear the town
Emily May
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even 2020 can't dampen Jane Harper's fire! Yet another atmospheric thriller from a recently-acquired fave of mine.

And I'm not just throwing "atmospheric" around because I think it sounds good. This is what makes Jane Harper's books so good for me, and it was the same with The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man. Her settings are almost alive; almost characters in their own right. Here, the author takes us to the little coastal town of Evelyn Bay in Tasmania, and I swear I could feel the salt s
Charlotte May
Jane Harper does it again!!!

This was my fourth read by Jane Harper - though I wouldn’t say it was my favourite, think my fave is still The Lost Man.

Kieran and his girlfriend Mia return to their hometown to introduce their newborn daughter to his parents. 12 years earlier Kieran’s brother Finn and other local boy Toby were killed in a drowning accident, but we are unsure of the particulars - this is revealed over time.

As always the atmosphere is gripping and dark. So many secrets and hidden age
Farrah (on a short hiatus!)
4 bright and shining ⭐ for my first Jane Harper novel!!

This woman 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙡𝙮 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙨 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚

𝘛𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘰 𝘒𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯'𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵-𝘬𝘯𝘪𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴.
𝘕𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘦'𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥, 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 a 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩.

This is a slow (and I mean slooowwww) burn, character driven mystery.

For me the best thing about this book is how realistic the characters are. Their actions and dialog are genuine and relatable. I
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again Jane Harper showcases her ability to atmospherically evoke the faultlines in a small community, this time in the coastal town of Evelyn Bay in Tasmania. In this character driven, slow burn of a mystery, Kieron Elliot, a sports physiotherapist, returns home to help his mother, Verity, help pack up their home in preparation for his dementia suffering father, Brian, to move into a care home. Kieron never came back after tragedy struck 12 years ago during a savage and devastating storm in ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
An interesting, well written book but The Survivors did not grab me the way her earlier books have done.

I think it was maybe the lack of tension. Someone in the town was obviously the murderer but eventually they would get caught and that would be that. There were red herrings aplenty but I was pretty sure who it was not going to be so I could relax and enjoy the descriptions of beautiful Tasmania and those cold, cold waves lapping onto the beach and into the caves.

I did get nervous occasionally
In her new novel Jane Harper has taken us away from the hot dry interior or wild rugged ranges of her previous books to a small coastal town on the southern coast of Tasmania. Evelyn Bay is the type of seaside town fondly remembered by many Australians for family summer holidays of endless hot, sunny days playing on a sandy beach beneath a perfectly blue sky. A town swamped by holidaymakers in summer that breathes a sigh of relief as autumn rolls in and the locals hunker down to wait out the off ...more
Richard (on hiatus)
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers-wd
When a body is found on the beach, the residents of Evelyn Bay, Tasmania, are deeply shocked, but there is a sense of deja vu. Minds are inevitably drawn to a similar death twelve years earlier and to the freak storm that preceded it - a storm that devastated the community and ripped apart several families.
Kieran and Mia return to this small seaside resort with their baby daughter, years after leaving to pursue their careers in Sydney. They are visiting Kieran’s parents who are dealing with the
Michael David
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
January BOTM selection.

A slow burn mystery that is just oozing with atmosphere.

Kieran returns to the small Australian town of Evelyn Bay to help his mother and father move out of his childhood home. He brings along his girlfriend, Mia, and their baby daughter, Audrey. While Kieran has visited sporadically over the years, he’s never gotten over the storm 12 years prior.

On that unfortunately fateful day, a terrible storm rocked the community. As the storm raged, two people ended up dying, and a 1
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
huh. im a little perplexed with this one. while the story still bears JHs trademark storytelling, a creeping narrative with complex characters and atmospheric setting, theres just something off about the editing of this one.

i often found myself confused with the time shifts. the present timeline and flashbacks occurring in the same paragraph often threw me off and forced me to reread sections multiple times. and the ending is probably the most abrupt conclusion i have ever read. i honestly thou
Elyse  Walters
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite Jane Harper book. I loved the setting, the atmospheric seaside town, *Evelyn Bay*, ( a popular beach shoreline during the height of summer holidays—but off season most people had left), in Tasmania, ( the story takes place during the off season with the locals), the character development, and the unfolding of the entire story.
It had that movie panoramic visual going on.....
“The sea swelled again, and this time the drag of the undertow was strong enough that he t
Anne Bogel
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I think I have a new favorite Jane Harper book (edging out The Dry, which has held the honor since I first read it in 2017).

In this new mystery, Harper returns to the themes that worked so well in her debut: a man returns to his tiny hometown to find that neither the community nor his family have forgotten or forgiven his involvement in a past tragedy—and that's before a fresh crime brings painful memories raging back.

The atmosphere took this book from 4-star to 5-star read for me. Much of the
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, netgalley
I’ve enjoyed each of Jane Harper’s previous three books. And this one wins four stars from me, too. She shows her versatility here, moving from the inland to a small Tasmanian beach town. But her ability to give us a true sense of place is the same.
Kieran has returned home with his young family to help his parents move. His father is suffering from early onset dementia. Kieran has been gone almost twelve years, since a bad decision on his part led to the death of his brother and friend during a
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, crime
Jane Harper has cemented herself as a wonderful mystery crime writer, and her latest book The Survivors is a compelling story of grief, guilt and secrets that conceal the truth of events that rocked a community twelve years previously. Kieran Elliott has returned to Evelyn Bay, a small coastal town in Tasmania with his partner Mia and their daughter Audrey. Kieran has tortured himself since the day of the storm twelve years ago when his older brother, Finn and his friend, Toby died at sea
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

Chilling. Engrossing. Mysterious. Atmospheric.

Jane Harper knows how to write intensely atmospheric stories. She builds foreboding tension and suspense from the very start that keeps you captivated and hanging on until the very end. This book was no exception in that regard and it finished with a twisty, intense and unexpected ending which left me a satisfied reader.

The part that was lacking for me in this novel was the characters. I didn’t particularly like any of them which negatively
A tiny coastal town struggles with the past, when twelve years ago two young lives were lost at sea. And a third simply disappeared. Mystery and questions still linger surrounding their deaths.

Now the waters have claimed a new victim. Is it possible all these deaths could be tied together? Or maybe just pure coincidence?
Once again, the community is forced to re-live and come to grips with yet another loss.

It’s during this time that Kieran and his wife Mia are making plans to return to thei
Susanne  Strong
Eerie, Atmospheric, and Taut.

Out at Sea, “The Survivors” can be seen off the caves; three life-size statues, standing guard facing the Mary Minerva which sank over a century ago.

In the newest novel by Jane Harper, the past and the preside collide for Kieran Elliott upon returning home to Evelyn Bay, Tasmania, a place he once called home.

A place he hasn’t returned to in a long time. For good reason. Kieran Elliott isn’t exactly welcome you see. Ten years prior, during one of the worst storms i
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed several of Jane Harpers novels and was looking forward to reading this. While I enjoyed it, it didn’t live up to what I’ve come to expect from her. JH is a master when it comes to creating believable settings that completely immerse you and she does that again in this. There was something with the characters interactions with each other just felt off. The baby’s involvement was weird too. She was written/treated like an accessory. Pick up... put down... leave on beach... leave at ...more
Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Publishers for sending me an ARC of The Survivors in exchange for an honest review.

The Survivors takes places in Evelyn Bay, a small coastal community in Tasmania. Twelve years ago, there was a sudden storm during which two men were killed and a girl disappeared. Those lives lost have haunted the residents of this town ever since, but none more so than Kieran Elliott, the younger brother of one of the dead. In the present, he returns home with his girlfriend, Mi
Twelve years ago, in the small town of Evelyn Bay, Tasmania, two young men, Finn and Toby, lost their lives when their boat overturned in a violent storm.

On the same day, 14 year old Gabby disappeared.
Her purple backpack filled with waterlogged library books will wash up on the shore two days later.

It had been the worst storm in eighty years.

At the very tip of the furthest rocks, jutting out from the caves to the sea, stood “The Survivors”-three life sized iron figures, which stood guard, side
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She was lying on her side, lengthways along the beach with her back to the sea. Her arms were limp and her face was pressed against the sand. The careful highlights in her hair were dull and matted. Her baby-doll eyes were closed.

Kieran had a sudden flash of her, so different from this. Running through the spray after Audrey's hat, looking out at the sea and laughing in frustration.

ABOUT 'THE SURVIVORS': Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devast
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Survivors is a sculpture in the sea by an old wreck and also those who survive a terrible storm over ten years ago including Kieran Elliott. His return home to Evelyn Bay in Tasmania opens up old wounds especially as more tragedy befalls the small coastal community.

This is a story of grief, guilt and blame which weighs heavily on people and this is depicted really well and at times, very movingly. As you would expect from Jane Harper this is extremely well written and is an excellent portra
“The waves were monstrous. He was tossed upward, then pulled so deep he couldn’t tell which way to fight for the surface. He didn’t know how long he was under. Long enough that his lungs were empty in a way he had never felt before. And then, suddenly, where there had been nothing but water, there was rock. Hard and brutal, it hurtled toward him with enough force to make his teeth rattle. When the water pulled back, Kieran was still chest down, his face slick against the solid surface.”

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Jane Harper is the international bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man.
Jane is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the

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