Elegantly plotted with an evocative look at the area, The Survivors is a strong tale about surviving the ravages of guilt, grief, economic downturns and the tensions that can erupt from living in a tight-knit, yet claustrophobic community. In each of her novels, Australian native Jane Harper explores a different part of the country, as unique a force as any character ... Harper expertly illustrates the different landscapes of Australia, adding heft to her compelling plot and believable characters ... fine storytelling.
The latest stunner from Jane Harper hinges on the same premise as her 2017 debut, The Dry , but, instead of the arid outback, readers will find themselves on the raging coast of Tasmania ... hat connection is also on view here, as Harper expertly raises the reader’s pulse throughout the narrative, insinuating what happened that day but only revealing the truth slowly as Kieran comes to see past and present in a new light.
As rumors spread on the community’s web page and alarm mounts about the possibility of a killer in their midst, the town’s secrets are steadily unfurled, coalescing into a few unexpected revelations. While this novel isn’t quite as suspenseful as Harper’s previous books, she’s a master at creating atmospheric settings, and it’s easy to fall under her spell. A layered and nuanced mystery.