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The Survivors : Secrets. Guilt. A treacherous sea. The powerful new crime thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Jane Harper

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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER

A Sunday Times and Times Best Book of 2021

'With The Survivors, Jane Harper proves she's unquestionably the real deal' Val McDermid

'Jane Harper's superb new novel The Survivors exhibits all the qualities that make her such a compelling writer...Sure-footed, technically impeccable plotting and storytelling ensure the mystery holds until the final pages' Irish Times

'You won't put this novel down until you've uncovered every last skeleton in the closet. I loved it ' Louise Candlish

Without doubt one of the finest crime writers at work today, a new Jane Harper novel is the highlight of my reading year. She has this knack of painting such beautiful scenes, only to thread them with such menace, such sheer atmospheric terror. Phenomenal' Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin At The End

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...

More praise for The Survivors:
'Brooding atmosphere and clever plotting' Good Housekeeping, This month's 10 books to read right now
'Full of atmosphere and intrigue' Prima
'Absolutely compelling' Jane Casey, author of Cruel Acts

Praise for Jane Harper:

'Queen of outback noir' Sunday Times

'Harper has a fine gift for making her readers comfortable in inhospitable territory - psychological as well as physical' Daily Telegraph

'Powerful, intriguing and recommended . . . Harper is wonderful at evoking fear and unease' The Times
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 38mm | 640g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408711982
  • 9781408711989
  • 147

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Once again, as in all her crime novels beginning with The Dry, Australian crime writer Jane Harper creates an impressive landscape that serves to illustrate how the experience of place inevitably shapes the lives of those who live there . . . The Survivors is a subtle, quiet book about guilt, grief and growing up. You may find it hard to leave it behind * Sydney Morning Herald * Like in her previous books, the setting is so strong that it's almost a character in itself. For fans like me, a new Harper book is a treat and this is another cracking read * Good Reading * No one does small town secrets better than Jane Harper. Gripping, moving and absolutely compelling, The Survivors is another triumph * Jane Casey, author of Sunday Times bestseller Cruel Acts * Without doubt one of the finest crime writers at work today, a new Jane Harper novel is the highlight of my reading year. She has this knack of painting such beautiful scenes, only to thread them with such menace, such sheer atmospheric terror. Phenomenal * Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin At The End * Lulling and startling in turn, The Survivors immerses you from the first line in the secret lives of the population of Evelyn Bay. You won't put this novel down until you've uncovered every last skeleton in the closet. I loved it * Louise Candlish * Another brilliant read from the best-selling author * New! * A gripping read from Jane Harper, the best-selling author of The Dry * Hello * Brilliant...I read this in one sitting and can't impress upon you enough how well written and engaging it is * Woman's Way * Full of those secrets within small communities that she writes so well. Set in a coastal town in Tasmania, this tale is full of atmosphere and intrigue * Prima * Jane Harper's superb new novel The Survivors exhibits all the qualities that make her such a compelling writer: a preoccupation with the clumsy, anxious joys and sorrows of adolescence and the awkward, haunted relationships of old friends who have nothing left in common but the past; an ability to unfold with steady, deliberate, unshowy brilliance a slow-burning family drama that reaches a devastating climax; a deft facility for artful character and plot misdirection; above all, a gift for setting, in this case the cliffside, the beach, the treacherous series of caves, the deserted town itself, all in thrall to the beauty and power and menace of the ocean. Sure-footed, technically impeccable plotting and storytelling ensure the mystery holds until the final pages, when Harper's compassionate eye imbues the novel with a satisfying degree of moral nuance * Irish Times * Australian crime author, Jane Harper, has become an automatic must-read writer for me and her fourth novel, The Survivors, is full of her trademark twists and turns and clever, atmospheric writing * Sarra Manning, The Best Books to Read this January, Red * A latest slice of outback noir from Jane 'The Dry' Harper, the queen of Australian crime, in which a man is forced to reckon with the secrets of his past when a body washes up on the beach * Metro, Top Eight Gripping New Novels in 2021 * A dark, Tasmania-set tale of long-ago disaster, barely buried guilt and possible murder * iNews, 75 Best Books for 2021 * Multi-layered, atmospheric and brilliantly written * Sun * The mistress of Australian noir returns with an emotional story about secrets beneath the surface of apparently respectable small towns...Both a mystery and a subtle examination of character. Once again Harper demonstrates how good she is at portraying the fear and menace that lurk in ordinary lives * Daily Mail * Australian author Harper's debut, The Dry, won a host of awards when it came out in 2017. Her latest, set in a small Tasmanian coastal town, is the same mix of brooding atmosphere and clever plotting * Good Housekeeping, This month's 10 books to read right now! * Fundamental to the success of her previous novels such as The Dry has been Jane Harper's subtle mastery of a sense of place, in particular rural Australia...Harper's writing is as unobtrusively effective as ever in setting the scene * The Times * The Australian novelist Jane Harper is known for her excellent outback noir novels, in which the harsh, sun-baked
expanses of the landscape play as much a part as her protagonists. Her latest, The Survivors, moves the action to the coast of Tasmania, and shows that Harper doesn't need sun and sand to write a compelling, terrifying thriller...Harper goes from strength to strength * Observer, Thrillers of the Month * A new book from Harper is always an event. Starting with The Dry (2016), she has built an international reputation on a series of crime novels set in remote communities in Australia, a genre that has become known as rural noir. For her fourth novel, Harper has turned her attention to a different kind of isolation; a small town battered by the elements on the coast of Tasmania...It is the kind of set-up that Harper handles expertly * Sunday Times Best Crime Novels for January 2021 * Secrets, guilt and a sunken wreck. More from the Australian bestselling author * The Times, Books to Look Out For in 2021 * The new crime novel from the Australian author dubbed "the queen of outback noir" by The Sunday Times * The Best Books of 2021 from The Times and the Sunday Times *
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About Jane Harper

Jane Harper is the author of the international bestsellers The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man. Her books are published in more than forty territories worldwide, and The Dry has been released as a major film in Australia starring Eric Bana. Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and now lives in Melbourne.
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Rating details

8,638 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 31% (2,640)
4 47% (4,090)
3 19% (1,633)
2 3% (230)
1 1% (45)
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