The Survivors by Jane Harper. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Kieran’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 his small coastal community childhood home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in the the 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…
Jane Harper is one of my favourite authors and her newest is yet another one I really enjoyed. This book is definitely a slow burner, set in a small town where a young girl has just been murdered. Comparisons are drawn to a young girl who went missing many years ago and was never found, on a day of a horrific storm which resulted in the death of two local highly regarded men. I thought Kieran was a good lead and he was likeable, as was his wife Mia. The plotline was clever with a few red herrings included to throw readers off track from guessing what happened in both the current timeline and on the day of the storm.
Overall: another great book from this author that I know many readers will really enjoy. Highly recommend.