Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Kayla Reviews THE SURVIVORS

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Length: 320 Pages
  • Duration of Audiobook: 11 Hours, 56 Minutes, 59 Seconds
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2021
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The Survivors was my Book of the Month choice for January, and NetGalley was nice enough to send me the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from 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 take:

There are some novels that need to be listened to, and this is one of them.

Jane Harper’s The Survivors is more than just a mystery/thriller, it is a heavy, atmospheric tale of how families and communities react to tragedy. Narrator Stephen Shanahan adds to that atmosphere, making avid mystery devourers such as myself slow down and really experience Kieran’s story.

His guilt over one childish mistake is the driving force behind the whole novel, and the way his family has dealt with the loss of his brother is as compelling as it is heart-breaking.

If you love a good mystery, you won’t see this ending coming. If you love a good, character-driven story, you need to pick this book up ASAP. You won’t regret it.

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