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The Only Survivors

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I enjoyed this book although it took me a while to finish it due to its unusually slow pace. If you like slow burn thrillers this is one you’ll love.
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Megan Miranda is a don't-miss author for me, so I was excited to read The Only Survivors. for me, it is one of the stronger mysteries she has written. I liked the characters and the story line, I felt invested in the outcome and enjoyed the twists and turns. Highly recommend for mystery lovers and fans of Megan Miranda. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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This may actually be the best Megan Miranda book I have read since her first! I couldn't put it down and was captivated by the mystery of it all.  Told in the present by one character and flashbacks to the day of a tragedy from the pov of other survivors, this slow burn thriller kept me turning the pages.  I enjoyed the premise and I really enjoyed the book! Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I liked this book but felt it could have been so much better. The plot started out so strong but lost it with a lot of characters and a hinted about thing they all did that when finally revealed was a confusing mess.
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This review of my NetGalley copy contains some spoilers:

Wow! The best book I’ve read so far this year! I absolutely loved the plot, the pace, and the twists! Cassidy was a likable main character. She was flawed and had trauma but wasn’t whiny or annoying. The description of the setting was great and I had a full painted picture in my mind. I admit, I had some trouble keeping track of all the characters at the beginning but I really liked the breaks in the plot with flashbacks from each of their perspectives. The idea of going backward in time with them was genius and led up perfectly for the big reveal at the end. The only thing I was bummed about was lack of closure with the neighbor at The Shallows. I know he was a red herring but I wanted more.
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Another great suspense thriller from Megan Miranda. The protagonist is a little weak, but the plot is solid, with some great twists!  Thanks to Scribner for the ARC
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Special thanks to NetGalley for the advanced reader copy.  This book had me guessing the whole way.  I really enjoyed how the backstory chapter's started from the end and went backwards to the beginning.  Very creative.  I also loved how the author described the locations and the accident, she made it feel like you were there with the characters.  Great book!
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A tense gripping thriller, with Megan Miranda's usual insightful and at times poetic and philosophical style.   How does a group of student survive after a horrendous accident, where only some of them survived.  How to live with the secrets, the guilt and the obligations to each other.  And is one of them a killer and the rest in danger.
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Book Title: The Only Survivors
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Scribner/ Mary Sue Rucci Books
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pub Date: April 11, 2023
My Rating:   3.5.Stars!

This is novel #9 for me ~Yep! I am an author, Megan Miranda fan!
One review that totally subs this up from a reader I like states ~
                             Another unputdownable thriller from the queen of brilliant setting 
                                                              and slow burning mysteries!”
That about sums it up!

Ten years ago high school classmates plus two teachers went on the school trip, however they got caught in a terrible rain storm and the van were not able to escape the rush and were trapped. Both teachers and ten students don’t survive. Nine students-Amaya, Clara, Grace, Oliver, Joshua, Ian, Hollis, Brady and Cassidy are the only survivors. They made a pact not to talk about what happened. 

Story is told between ‘Present day’ and ‘Then’. Cassidy is the narrator for ‘Present’ and the ‘Then’ chapters are told by several of the survivor.
Now - a decade later seven of the original nine once again get together for the annual meeting at a cabin called ‘The Shadows’ on the Outer Banks. However, their relationships are full of tension as well as mistrust as everyone is suspicions about what happened years ago.

I was curious and the ending was a surprise to me. 
Story is very tense and I must admit not very enjoyable as the 'Then' Chapters regarding the accident were too real and the characters sure were a mess!

It is always hard for me to rate a book when I didn’t enjoy the story but the novel is good. 
Thus my 3.5 as better than good but to me not great!

However, I will definitely read the next Megan Miranda.

I always look forward to reading the ‘Author’s Notes and/or Acknowledgements; however since this was an early eGalley neither were included. I was very curious about Megan Miranda’s motivation/inspiration for this story. (I will be sure to check that out when this publication is releases.

Want to thank NetGalley and Scribner for granted me this early eGalley. 
Publishing Release Date scheduled for April 11, 2023
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Thank you to @NetGalley for this ARC of Megan Miranda’s new book! A tragic accident causes a group of schoolmates to band together to protect each other’s secrets of what really happened one night in high school. I wasn’t expecting one of the plot twists at the end so I have to say I did enjoy this book. I rated it 3/5 stars.
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This is the best Megan Miranda book I have read so far.  I absolutely loved it! 

The Only Survivors follows a group of survivors that reunite annually to reminisce about an accident they survived many years ago.  However, since the accident two others have also perished.  Was the accident truly accidental or something more sinister?  Is the annual reunion a time to come together to remember lost friends or an act of control?  

The Only Survivors kept me guessing until the end.  Miranda creates characters you love and those you love to hate. In addition, there are plot twists galore.  If you are looking for a great thriller, this is the one to pick up.

Thank you NetGalley for an arc of this intense thriller.
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This was such an incredible time. Heart-pounding, The Only Survivors will have you feeling like you're being watched, like your own past, present, and future are at stake. A terribly dramatic and enrapturing story that'll have you in its grip until the very last turn.
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Goodness, I could not put this book down from the first page until the end!  It is super fast paced, thrilling and will keep you guessing until the very end.  Highly recommend for a suspense thriller!

Thank you to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Bonded by a tragic accident, survivors gather each year at a vacation rental. Haunted by taunts of the past, members begin questioning one another's intentions both past and present.

Posted to Goodreads-3.5 stars!
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It's year ten of a tragic anniversary that claimed the lives of several teenagers, and left the remaining group struggling to put the pieces together.  

Each year, the remaining survivors get together at a desolate beach house, to reminisce and remember the ones that they lost that day, and the one that they have since lost.  Cassidy was not going to attend this year.  With a new boyfriend and living in a new city, she has since moved on.  Until she received the cryptic text message, alerting her to the death of yet another one of the remaining members.  Bound to the group by their shared tragic history, she heads to the house in the Outer Banks to meet with the others.

While at the beach house, another member of the group goes missing.  As a storm gets ready to pummel the island, the members continue to search for their missing friend, and Cassidy begins to realize that the not every member of the group may have the best intentions.  As a matter of fact, it appears that someone close to Cassidy has nefarious motives, and they will stop at nothing to make sure that their secret is kept safe.

In true Miranda fashion, this book is a slow burn.  Alternating between the past and the present, the reader is able to glimpse into the minds of each of the group members.  While I found the climax to be ultimately lacking in suspense, this book was still a solid read that kept me entertained.  3.5 stars for me.
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I am a big Megan Miranda fan, so I was super excited to read her newest release. Let me tell you it did not disappoint. Her writing pulls you in within the first chapter with suspense, good writing and her characters.

The only survivors is about a group of students who survived a crash during a high school volunteer trip. By giving different views through different characters, and flashbacks, the truth isn't always what it seems. I was honestly shocked when they finally explained the entire crash night, I haven't read a good twist like this in a while.

Thank you to netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for everyone to read it when it's released!
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This is another must-read by Megan Miranda, who never disappoints. Cassidy Bent reluctantly make the annual reunion pilgrimage to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This event brings together the remaining survivors of a horrific event in which there were nine original members. This 10th anniversary trip begins as the "only survivors" are together again, and now there are seven. What has happened to each of them in the intervening years? More importantly, what happened to two of their number? What secrets are each holding, and who has shared some of those secrets?
Miranda writes a fast-paced story, alternating viewpoints among the survivors of the tragedy, and the roles that each of them played. The dichotomous settings of a rushing river tragedy and a yearly powerful ocean reunion are a perfect fit for this story. A great ending that I did not see coming, together with relatable characters, make for a delicious read. 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing this advance copy for me to read and review
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Somewhere between 3.5-4 stars

"The only survivors. There were nine of us, at the start."

10 years ago, a school trip turned deadly with only nine survivors. They reunite in the present at a beach house in the Outer Banks to commemorate the anniversary of the accident. Their relationships are filled with tension and distrust as all have secrets about the fateful trip. Now only seven survivors are alive. Who will be the next to die?

The plot is typical MM --it isn't new or unique, but comfortable and familiar. The pacing is slow and tedious at times. The story revolves around Cassidy-- a part-time event planner who is distant from her family and can't commit to a long-term relationship. We don't know much about her except that she felt invisible in high school.

The narrative alternates between the present and “Then.” Chapters in the present are narrated solely by Cassidy and “Then” by varying survivors. I liked the “Then” chapters more, as they offered something different.

I grew tired of Cassidy’s voice; her affect is flat, as she is almost devoid of emotion. I didn’t care one way or another for her. I was more intrigued by the others, perhaps because we only get snippets from their POVs. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likable or empathetic.

My favorite part of this book was the atmosphere. This time, MM transports readers to the Outer Banks. With a deadly storm on the horizon, she creates a narrative that mirrors the feelings of the impending storm: trapped, dangerous, risky, and filled with doom and gloom. This element of the novel was immersive.

The ending was a bit ho-hum. I wasn’t surprised by the events, and the big secret was lame. The final final final twist was interesting and kind of sad.

The Only Survivors is the middle of the road compared to previous MM books--it's not her worst or the best. The mystery behind the survivors was engrossing until the end, the characters were forgetful, but the atmosphere was worthy of 5 stars.

I received an ARC of this book from Scribner in exchange for an honest review.
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The book was a well-paced, exciting mystery. I was surprised By the ending, which is always a good thing. I would definitely recommend this book!
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This book was a spectacular thriller. I enjoyed every minute of it! I feel like I was holding my breath the whole time I read it. I liked the set up of going backwards in time during the flashbacks. The twists & turns were excellent as well.
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