The Survivors

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What to expect


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

A SUNDAY TIMES and TIMES Best Book of 2021

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

Critics Review

  • This atmospheric thriller stealthily peels back layers of silence that cover the unspeakable secrets of a tightly knit community

    Daily Mail
  • It’s a murder mystery, but also a chronicle of youth, grief and growing up

    Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy book club
  • 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
  • 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
  • Multi-layered, atmospheric and brilliantly written

  • 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

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