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The Survivors

Jane Harper’s writing is so smooth and she creates her plots so masterfully, that you cannot help but be completely gripped by her books. The Survivors is no exception and I especially loved the remote setting with its beautiful beaches and the constant, restless presence of the sea. She excels at portraying families in all their complexity – secrets from the past, hurts that were never healed and parents and children of all ages trying to find their way towards each other.

Buried in the story of Kieran and his family the reader hears the uneasy hum of the disappearance of a girl twelve years ago – a hum which becomes insistently loud when the body of another girl is discovered on a beach. A brilliantly perceptive novel with a plot that grips from the moment you begin reading, The Survivors is a deeply satisfying and compelling read that will stay with you for a very long time.

Clare Smith