BOOK REVIEW: The Survivors by Jane Harper

The Blurb (Goodreads):

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..

My Thoughts:

Another clever and atmospheric Australian crime novel from Jane Harper, set in a small coastal town in Tasmania. The wild, rugged cliffs and unpredictable sea are vividly evoked, and the mystery is slowly but compellingly unfurled. Once again, Jane Harper has avoided a conventional detective novel, focusing instead on the interlinked lives of local people whose families were torn apart ten years earlier by a cataclysmic storm. The main character is a young man named Kieran Elliott, who feels deep corroding guilt over the death of his elder brother on that night. His wife lost her best friend, and one of his oldest mates also lost a brother. The whole town still blames Kieran. The discovery of a young woman’s body on the beach rakes up old grudges and bad memories, as long buried secrets begin to emerge.

You might also like to read my review of The Lost Man by Jane Harper:

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Man – Jane Harper

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