The Survivors by Jane Harper

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The compelling new novel from Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry.

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…

My thoughts

“I think the person responsible is probably in this room. I think it’s one of you.” There was silence. “But maybe not. I don’t care, I just want the truth. So either way, no stone left unturned. If you’re out there – ” she scanned the room again, not so slow and steady now. “If you’re hoping this will go away, you’re going to be waiting a long time. Someone hurt Bronte. I want to know who. So unless you want every secret in this place dragged to the surface, I recommend everybody in this room opens their mouths and starts talking.”

“I mean, is it a celebration of the people who made it, or a memorial to the ones who didn’t?”

I had decided who did what and why reasonably early in the book, and because I am usually fairly good at guessing these kinds of things in books I spent part of the book feeling a bit disappointed. After all, I absolutely loved Jane Harper’s previous books and expected to love this one too.

But then came revelations that didn’t tie in with my theories and the guessing game was on again. As it turned out, I was completely wrong in so many ways and nothing I had guessed came to pass or was what I thought it was.

In my opinion it isn’t quite as good as her previous books. I found the dialogue quite dry and I didn’t engage with the characters as I usually do. But this was still a very good read and I recommend it,

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