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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Many thanks to Net Galley, Little, Brown Book Group UK and the author for a chance to read this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
The Survivors is an intense tale of friendship, love, haunting memories, grief and guilt and as always with Jane Harper’s novels the atmosphere she creates with the stories.
Jane Harper, I believe is a magician who skillfully weaves a mystery using an element of nature as the central character in the story. In The Dry, it was the dry and arid drought hit Kiewarra, The Force Of Nature had the dense and rugged wilderness of Giralang Ranges, in The Lost Man, the outback Queensland takes centre stage and now The Survivors has the sea of Evelyn Bay as the primary character. I have been incredibly lucky to have read all the novels that has been so far published and have to say this, the writing is simply phenomenal.
Mind you, if you are diving into the story expecting a fast-paced thriller, you will be disappointed. All her books are slow-driven mysteries which tend to give a feel of nothing much happening but as the end chapter roll in, the heart is in the mouth and the reader is left gasping for breath.
A storm like never before, worse than expected and the wreckage that it left in its wake is irredeemable. 12 years later, a girl has been murdered not far from Kieran’s home and every nightmare that has been running rampant in the small town is kicking again. There’s a haunting vibe in the story as Kieran, his parents, Sean, Mia, Ash and Olivia all struggle personally with losses and guilt. The secondary characters like the author George and Trish as Gabby’s mother have all been characterized well. It needn’t be said how exceptional Jane Harper is coz the reader is instantly transported to Evelyn Bay with its raging seas, waves, the dark caves, the dangerous cliffs and the claustrophobic town with suspicious stones being thrown at all and sundry.
An extremely compelling read that deserves all the accolades. Highly recommended!
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever-and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore, and he remembers her name.
In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s #1 New York Times Bestselling Author genre-defying tour de force.
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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…
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