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.
'You won't put this novel down until you've uncovered every last skeleton in the closet. I loved it ' Louise Candlish
Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on a single day when a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that haunts him still resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home.
Kieran's parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother Finn.
When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge in the murder investigation that follows. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...
Praise for The Survivors
'Once again Harper demonstrates how good she is at portraying the fear and menace that lurk in ordinary lives' Daily Mail
'Multi-layered, atmospheric and brilliantly written' Sun
'With The Survivors, Jane Harper proves she's unquestionably the real deal' Val McDermid
'A new book by Harper is always an event' Sunday Times