The Survivors

Jane Harper

fiction mystery thriller
dark mysterious tense medium-paced

384 pages | first published 2020

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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Moods

mysterious 94%
dark 55%
tense 51%
emotional 39%
sad 27%
adventurous 20%
reflective 19%
challenging 4%
hopeful 2%
funny 0%
informative 0%
inspiring 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 56%
slow 30%
fast 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 52% | Plot: 35% | Character: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 49% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 46% | Yes: 33% | No: 19% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 77% | Yes: 13% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 14% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

3.78