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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
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ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by Flatiron Books (first published September 22nd 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

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Meredith
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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MarilynW
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
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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 setting.

Evelyn Bay is a small coa
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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 atmosphere 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.
Farrah
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dita
This book was beautifully written and I was dying to find out what really happened that stormy night 12 years ago.

The pacing was a little slow but it was worth it when the answers finally rolled in.

Thank you to Flat Iron Books for gifting me a copy of this book. It was my pleasure to write an honest review.
Carolyn
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
Paromjit
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
MarilynW
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Liz
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audio
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
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Emily May
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Phrynne
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Peter
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, crime
Echoes
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
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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
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Jayme
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
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Elyse  Walters
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.....
Example.....
“The sea swelled again, and this time the drag of the undertow was strong enough that he t
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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
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Ceecee
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
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PattyMacDotComma
5★
“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.”


Tasmani
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Krystal
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
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Charlotte May
More from Jane Harper! Come at me!!
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Well Jane Harper knows how to write a crime book that hooks you right in from the very beginning. I had high expectations of The Survivors and happy to say that it lived up to them all. I lost track of Ike whilst reading this book, completely immersed in the pages and what was happening in Evelyn Bay. It was twisty, clever and full of atmosphere. Absolutely loved it.

Welcome to Evelyn Bay on the Tasmanian coast.. Kieran grew up here but left for a life in Sydney. Now he returns to help his mother
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Lori
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
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
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Debra
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Coming home, it should be a happy time, seeing family, reminiscing with old friends, going to old hangouts...…. But what if going home is a reminder of what you have lost, what you can never forget, what has haunted you, when others do not want you to forget.

Kieran Elliott, his girlfriend, Mia and their infant daughter, Audrey have returned to his hometown to help his mother pack up her home. His father is being moved to a home where he will receive proper treatment for his dementia and his moth
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Norma
Atmospheric, moody, and gripping!

THE SURVIVORS by JANE HARPER is a dark, mysterious, and suspenseful novel that is centered around a present day murder and a mystery from the past. I was immediately hooked and it totally grabbed my attention but then, unfortunately, the grasp that the storyline had on me fizzled a little bit when we neared the ending.

What I love about JANE HARPER is that she has quite the knack for delivering extremely vivid portrayals of place and time. Her atmospheric and desc
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Bianca
The Survivors is Jane Harper's fourth novel and it's yet another well realised, beautifully written literary thriller.

There are several things that I loved about this novel: the descriptions were incredible, it was very easy to picture the locations, the vibe of the place. The small seaside town of Evelyn Bay, Tasmania - a made-up location - was easy to imagine. The characterisations and the backstories were excellent, they added layer upon layer to the mystery, they took us on sidetracks, as t
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Dita
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was beautifully written and I was dying to find out what really happened that stormy night 12 years ago.

The pacing was a little slow but it was worth it when the answers finally rolled in.

Thank you to Flat Iron Books for gifting me a copy of this book. It was my pleasure to write an honest review.
Carolyn
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to The Survivors on a 10.5-hour audiobook with much thanks to NetGalley and Macmillian Audio. I have read and enjoyed Jane Harper's three previous books. Her books are always masterfully written with absorbing characters and a wonderful sense of place. The narrator's voice enhanced the atmospheric prose and transported me to the small coastal town of Evelyn Bay in Southern Tasmania. It is autumn, and it is mostly devoid of tourists. It seems a friendly place, but underneath it is a to ...more
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Jane Harper is the international bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man.
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