The Survivors

Jane Harper

fiction crime mystery thriller
dark mysterious tense fast-paced

384 pages

Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets in The Survivors, a thrilling mystery by New York Times bestselling author Jane Harper

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...

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mysterious 92%
dark 63%
tense 56%
emotional 47%
sad 35%
adventurous 29%
reflective 20%
challenging 4%
hopeful 1%
informative 1%
relaxing 1%


medium 48%
slow 33%
fast 18%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 21%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 51% | Yes: 25% | No: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 80% | Yes: 16% | It's complicated: 1% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 3%

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