The Survivors

by Harper, Jane

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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...
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Booklist 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."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Literature
Publisher Flatiron Books2021
Language English
ISBN 9781250232410