The survivors

Jane Harper

Book - 2021

"Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets in The Survivors, a thrilling mystery by New York Times bestselling author Jane Harper. 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 is his absent brother..., Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away..."--

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Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Domestic fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Flatiron Books 2021.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
374 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250232427
1250232422
9781250793362
125079336X
1250232430
9781250232434
Main Author
Jane Harper (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The latest stunner from Jane Harper hinges on the same premise as her 2017 debut, The Dry, but, instead of the arid outback, readers will find themselves on the raging coast of Tasmania. Kieran Elliott, along with his partner and their infant daughter, returns to his family's home in Evelyn Bay and soon finds himself enveloped in memories of the devastating ramifications of a historic storm that ravaged the town 12 years earlier. Among the casualties was Kieran's brother, Finn, who died attempting to rescue Kieran after a foolhardy visit to caves on the shore that went underwater in a tremendous surge. A young girl Kieran knew also went missing during the storm. Only her backpack was ever found, floating offshore, a few days later. The locals still mark the dreadful date the storm hit, and many remain unable to leave the tragedy behind. Kieran has only been back one day when the body of a young waitress is found on the beach, and the trauma rekindles resentments from the past, which play out dangerously in social media. Harper's polished prose has earned her comparisons to Louise Penny. That connection is also on view here, as Harper expertly raises the reader's pulse throughout the narrative, insinuating what happened that day but only revealing the truth slowly as Kieran comes to see past and present in a new light. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In Armstrong's A Stranger in Town, Det. Casey Duncan learns that off-the-grid Rockton may be cashiered (50,000-copy first printing). Award-winning YA fiction author Cosimano's first adult novel, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, features a struggling suspense writer mistaken as a serial killer (100,000-copy first printing). In Finch's An Extravagant Death, Victorian-era sleuth Sir Charles Lennox takes his first trip to America (100,000-copy first printing). In Harper's The Survivors, Kieran Elliot returns to his coastal hometown and relives a childhood tragedy (125,000-copy first printing). Harrod-Eagles's Cruel as the Grave has Bill Slider doubting that a fitness trainer was killed by his girlfriend. Ide's Smoke marks the return of Isaiah Quintabe, the Sherlock Holmes of South Central Los Angeles. Mosley's Blood Grove puts popular protagonist Easy Rawlins front and center again (40,000-copy first printing). In Robb's Faithless in Death, Lt. Eve Dallas wonders if an angry lover really did kill sculptor Ariel Byrd (750,000-copy first printing). Todd's A Fatal Lie, Inspector Ian Rutledge seeks the identity of a stranger who tumbled from a Welsh aqueduct. Westerson's Spiteful Bones has Crispin Guest, London's famed Tracker, untangle the mystery around a bound skeleton found in a manor wall. Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Kieran and his girlfriend, Mia, return to their childhood hometown in Tasmania with their infant daughter to help Kieran's parents move to mainland Australia. Twelve years earlier a terrible storm left two men dead, including Kieran's brother, Finn, who died trying to rescue Kieran. A young girl also went missing in the storm's aftermath. Burdened by guilt, Kieran moved to Sydney and has not been home since. When a woman is found murdered on the beach, the police begin to question whether the previous deaths are in some way connected. Rumors begin spreading in the small town, and Kieran must face the possibility that the events of the past may not be as he remembers them. Further complicating the matter is that Kieran's father, suffering from dementia, was the last person to be seen with both the missing girl years ago and the current victim. VERDICT Harper (The Lost Man) again excels at creating atmosphere and depicting tense interpersonal relationships. But unlike her previous stand-alone, this story's suspense doesn't escalate satisfactorily. Instead, the author delivers a nuanced rumination on guilt, community, and family that's best for readers of domestic fiction or light mysteries.—Anitra Gates, Erie Cty. P.L., PA Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Sydney physiotherapist Kieran Elliott, the protagonist of this elegiac suspense novel from bestseller Harper (The Lost Man), has steeled himself for an emotionally turbulent visit to his hometown of Evelyn Bay, Tasmania, where he has returned to help his mother pack up the family home before his dementia-afflicted father moves into a nursing facility. Then the murder of college student Bronte Laidler, who had been spending her summer break creating art inspired by the area's rugged coast, upsets the town. While locals profess that Bronte's killer must be an outsider, many start wondering—as do the police—whether there's any connection to a tragedy involving Kieran that tore apart the community 12 years earlier. That Kieran's father may have been wandering on the beach the night of the murder raises the stakes. The distinctively Aussie array of stoic characters who are weathered, and in some cases warped, by their uncompromising environment more than compensates for a denouement that feels psychologically false. Harper expertly weaves past guilts with present grief. She remains a writer to watch. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Haunted by guilt for a reckless and consequential mistake in his youth, Kieran returns to his coastal hometown and his struggling fishing-industry parents, before the discovery of a body on the beach reveals long-held secrets. 125,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets in The Survivors, a thrilling mystery by New York Times bestselling author Jane Harper Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that stillhaunts 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 is his absent brother, Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away.."--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Instant New York Times Bestseller“As always, Harper skillfully evokes the landscape as she weaves a complicated, elegant web, full of long-buried secrets ready to come to light.” -The New York Times Book ReviewKieran 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 is his absent brother, Finn.When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...