Book Review

THE SURVIVORS by Jane Harper (Out 2/2/2021)

I received a complimentary egalley thanks to Jane Harper, Flatiron Books and Netgalley. I also received the advance listener copy thanks to Macmillan Audio and LibroFM!

Rating: 4.5 / 5

This book focuses on Kieran, a young man haunted by his past. With his girlfriend and baby, Kieran is back in his home town, a small coastal town where Kieran’s parents still live. His father is dealing with dementia and Kieran is there to help his mother close up their old family home, a process which stirs up a lot of old memories.

When Kieran lived here with his family, he made a mistake that resulted in great tragedies. His family and the town are still feeling the after effects and it weighs heavy on his mental health as well. In the present day, a body is found on the beach and this continues to dredge up secrets from the past.

After reading all of Jane Harper’s back list over the past year or so, I am a big fan of her atmospheric writing. I am happy to report that this book lived up to expectations! As with her other stories, the environment really plays a significant role in the story in addition to it being very character driven. In this case, we are really inhabiting Kieran’s mind. He has a lot to deal with between being a new father, dealing with his father’s failing health, plus the ghosts from his past.

This is very much a slow burn mystery as elements from the past and the current day are slowly unfurled to the reader. Though sometimes labeled a thriller, I think that mystery is the more appropriate genre. There were some things that I thought I had figured out along the way, but the author definitely had me fooled on a lot of the reveals.

I switched back and forth between the egalley and the audio and I thought the audio was well done. I liked the narrator and my only complaint is that even at top volume, the narrator’s voice was a bit on the quiet side. This wasn’t a problem as I was sitting quietly and listening, but it isn’t a book I think would work well in an environment with background noise, like road noise in a car.

Overall, I think this was another great book from Jane Harper and I suggest adding it to your TBR if you enjoy a good slow burn mystery! THE SURVIVORS is out on 2/2/2021!

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