THE SURVIVORS - JANE HARPER
Title: The Survivors
Author: Jane Harper
Published: September 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Australia
Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets...
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...
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
List of unforeseen events which can occur with a shared bookstagram: 1. Unconscious reading of phone notifications relating to DMs which may or may not contain spoilers 🙃🙃🙃. So full disclosure, I had a fairly solid inkling of “who dunnit”. But I maintain I would have worked it out quite swiftly irrespective. If you have read my (not so great) review for The Dry, you will know I came at this with some trepidation. Pleasantly, I found it to be more well-rounded than its predecessor, and for that it gets an additional ⭐️. The characters developed steadily, and the parallel storylines weaved almost seamlessly, but overall it too fell short. It soared in the beginning, but as so often happens, the closer towards the ending it came, the steadier it declined and the more I moved towards a simple desire to finish. I wouldn’t rush to recommend this over other domestic thrillers.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everything about this book screamed “5 star”; the gorgeous cover, the effortless and instant connection with the characters, the transportive descriptions of the tempestuous Tasmanian seascapes and the alluringly slow (albeit agonising) unveiling of the past relative to the present-day murder investigation. When you break it down, these elements aren’t actually all that different to ‘The Dry’. Skip to three-quarters through, I felt it start to drag with inconsequential details, but I was still on the edge of my metaphorical seat (I listened while walking) in anticipatory desperation for the reveal. Ironically, that’s where it lost me. I was completely let down by the unsatisfactory ending, for which it felt like Harper was forced to just pick someone to be the killer when it came to crunch time. Where was the cleverly thought-out timeline, character shading and the “oh my god of course!” moment? The ending was also abrupt and left far too much to be desired. So much to love, so much to not.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
“The dark twin mouths of the caves inhaled huge lungfuls of water before spewing them out again, and the currents clawed at Kieran’s legs, trying to knock his feet out from under him."
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