BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Survivors’ by Jane Harper

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, the host of the 80+ episodes of Book Stew, a 30-minute video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, featuring authors, playwrights, voice artists, and journalists.

‘The Survivors’ by Jane Harper

In one small Tasmanian beach town: three former teenage buddies, now grown men. Two older brothers, drowned. A famous author, a lying police chief. And two dead girls and one missing body, 12 years apart.

The celebrated author, a genius at simultaneously unraveling clues and ratcheting up suspense, keeps her streak of four winners going in this gripping story of guilt and lies.

The setting, with its dangerous underwater caves, is beautifully rendered. There’s one tiny, useless red herring, but Harper’s reliable skills sat creating a strong narrator and a population of memorable characters makes this the best of them all, so far.

Quote: “I only take criticism from people I’d go to for advice.”

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