Book review: The Survivors — by Jane Harper
When we first meet Bronte, an art student just landed in Evelyn Bay, a small coastal town on Tasmania off the southern coast of Australia, for the season, it’s incidental to Kieran’s story; Kieran, who has returned home after much time away to help his mom pack up their home so they can move their dad, who is suffering from senility and memory issues, to an assisted living facility. He’s brought his wife, Mia, and their new baby, Audrey, and as they reconnect with old friends, fragments of a not-forgotten tragedy that took place 10 years ago surface, causing tensions to rise among them all. And then a body is discovered on the beach, and it’s Bronte. The ensuing investigation stirs up even more past recriminations and skillfully, and with a great combination of foreboding settings and carefully guarded secrets, the author peels back layer after layer, revealing a truth that has eluded all of them all these many years. There isn’t a person or place or clue that doesn’t resonate in the overall story, with revelations uncovered at precisely the right time. Just a fantastic read and another very satisfying mystery from Jane Harper.
— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.
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