The Surviving Girls

The Surviving Girls

by Katee Robert


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A fierce survivor and a fearless FBI agent battle a copycat serial killer in a gripping thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Twelve years ago, Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson miraculously lived through the notorious Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one of their sisters dead. Still wrestling with the trauma but finally out of the limelight, Lei and Emma are now devoted to helping other victims find closure. But most disturbing for Lei—beyond the gut-wrenching survivor guilt—is that the killer was her boyfriend. He’s behind bars, but she’ll never lower her guard again.

When a copycat killer targets Lei and Emma, FBI Agent Dante Young is put in charge of anticipating the sociopath’s every move. But what he doesn’t expect is his immediate and overpowering attraction to Lei. The closer they get to each other, the more desperate and terrifying the questions become: Who wants to finish what the killer started—and why?

Now Agent Young vows to protect Lei at all costs. If they have any chance of a future together, first they have to stay alive…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503902442
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Series: Hidden Sins Series , #3
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 489,757
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. The Surviving Girls is the third book in the Hidden Sins series following The Hunting Grounds and The Devil’s Daughter. Her 2015 book, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA Award finalist. When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginative games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Visit her online at

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The Surviving Girls 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Bone-chillingly diabolical! The third book in Katee Robert's Hidden Sins series brings us an electrifying mystery from start to finish! We're kept guessing time and time again about who could be working with this criminal mastermind to torment the victims he already scarred for life. It's definitely an unputdownable read! Loved it! Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson survived the unthinkable a dozen years ago when they were the only two to walk away from a sorority house massacre. They leaned on each other in order to be able to pick themselves up and put themselves back together in whatever hobbled fashion they could. They will never be the innocent young ladies they were before this nightmare happened, but the strength they found deep within themselves allowed them to become the superstars they are today! FBI agent Dante Young is handed a case that mimics the Sorority Row Murders in a scary way. He has no choice but to hunt Lei and Emma down and pay them a visit to see what type of light they might be able to shed on the case. He admires the women he finds and the good work they put themselves into doing for victims and their families. Will his visit bring trouble to their doorstep, or will it turn out it was already there?
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
OMG, this book. It was seriously un-put-downable romantic suspense from start to finish! The romance naturally (or should I say thank goodness? Because it certainly isn't always the case...) takes a back seat here to the suspense portion...because hello, serial killer. Or spree killer. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to, people. A bad guy is doing bad things, and our heroine and hero need to stop him, stat. I loved Dante and Lei--such strong characters, and phew! that chemistry! But first, they had five murders to solve, and a connection--or is there one?--to find between them and the ones that Lei and her roommate/sorority sister Emma survived eight years earlier. I spent so much of this book trying to figure out who was tormenting Lei and Emma and how they could have possibly known so much--I have to admit, the truth is a twist i never saw coming! Bravo, Ms. Robert! Honestly, when the tension was ramped up to maximum levels, I'm not sure who was more stressed, me or Lei. Perhaps this wasn't the best choice to read in a cramped coach seat while flying home this weekend--there was much wincing, gasping, and OMG-ing on my part that I'm sure had the seatmate I'm not related to wondering about me (the one who was related to me is all too used to this kind of behavior from me), but at least it was a pretty short flight. Plus, it definitely kept my mind off of the turbulence we ran into about halfway there... I absolutely cannot wait to see what Ms. Robert has in store for us next in this series! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
The Surviving Girls is definitely going to keep you on your toes. It's one of those mysteries that will leave you so enthralled that you won't have time to hypothesize. You will just be along for a ride hoping and praying that all goes well. I'm not sure that I would ever classify it as a romance unless one sided serial killer stalker romance is where the classifying came from. There are romantic elements not involving a psychotic sociopath but the focus is definitely on the crime and the unraveling of its master plan. I was completely enthralled by the story and am now going to have to go back and read others in the series.
Holly More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that when I first started this book, I had to read the first few pages a couple of times to fully understand what is happening. Once you figure out what happened and what is about to happen, this book will draw you in and won't let go until the wee hours of the morning. I only planned to read for 30 minutes and it turned into 3 hours later with a finished book and a story that hasn't left my mind since! You can't help but to have your heart break for Lei and Emma for what they had to go through during that night of horror and then to find out that it's happening all over again. I don't want to spoil much of this truly frighting thriller but there will come a point that your heart will be racing as much as the girls is as they discover the truth about everything. Including that shocking ending that will settle everything once and for all to allow everyone to have the future they truly deserve. My only problem with this book is how it's portrayed as a romance suspense novel when it should be just a thriller for what happens. I didn't get how a romance was started so fast in this book but at the same time, you kinda can see it for what the girls had to deal with and it was a oppurtunity to start anew with someone who truly cares for them! Thank You to Katee Robert for writing a pretty great thriller that had me up way later than I planned on and with thoughts of how awesome a movie would be for this book!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Barclay Publicity! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Oh my… what a sick, twisted, amazing, wonderful story. 21… yes 21 sorority girls killed in one night by the boyfriend of one of the girls. From there we learn more about the two girls who survived that night, more about the killer, and the reader feels it all come together in one thrilling book. The killer is convicted, spending the rest of his life in prison. The survivors are living together in a house with safe rooms, security beyond the norm, and fear every day. I was scared for Emma and Lei. They survived an event that they have not been able to get past, they live in constant fear of the outside world, and they only have each other. I cannot imagine their lives but I could picture how they were living. Their story was described in such detail that I could see their house, feel the fear, and picture how hard they were working to live a life of value. The hope I had for them was to find happiness, find peace, and be able to step outside of their house being unafraid of the rest of the world. The Surviving Girls is a fast pace, thriller full of twists and turns. I was turning page after page, hoping that the end would come so I could find out what would happen while at the same time hoping the book would never end because I was so into what was going on. There was a small romance going on and it was the perfect complement to the rest of the book.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
First let me say that this book and the two previous novels are a true testament that Katee can write anything. Mystery and suspense to raw, sexy romance she just nails it every single time. This book was so twisted and a little different than the two previous suspense books. Lei and her friend Emma are the sole survivors of a mass murder in a sorority house backing California while they were in college. The killer who was a privileged, all around good guy and surely his families money would get him off, but not so in this case. As the evidence built, he was convicted and now sits in jail. The two girls now live in seclusion, armed to the teeth and have the latest technology to keep their property safe, free from intruders and Emma who is a tech geek spends her time monitoring the cameras and all the safety devices in place and when I say safety devices, there are a multitude. This all comes crashing down when 3 girls are murdered in Seattle, near where they now lives with a semi copy cat likeness. The Feds are brought in, Lei is still in contact with their BAU specialist. Two agents are sent, Dante who takes an immediate liking to Lei and Moore a sassy female agent. Working along side local law enforcement who are handicapped by multiple things frustrates the two BAU agents and they're having a hard time making headway. Meanwhile Lei who is now known for her ability with her cadaver dog is working. Emma has a dog as well who is more of a service dog, but smart nonetheless. Lei's dog is amazing and really adds to the story. After the first murders the girls get a package on their doorstep. First clue and scares Emma because someone bypassed her security. The story unfolds from there and the mystery just keeps getting more and more twisted along with Dante's feelings for Lei. The twists and turns just kept coming and this one is a real page turner. The end is well.... it's a must read. Absolutely a must read. **arc from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--THE SURVIVING GIRLS is the third instalment in Katee Robert’s contemporary, adult HIDDEN SINs romantic, suspense series. This is FBI agent Dante Young, and Lei Zhang’s story line. THE SURVIVING GIRLS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. There are no apparent connections to the previous instalments. NOTE: Due to the story line content, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from several third person perspectives including Dante and Lei THE SURVIVING GIRLS follows the hunt for a serial killer. Twelve years earlier Lei Zhang, and Emma Nilsson were the lone survivors of the Sorority Row Murders but survivors who continue to struggle with PTSD and panic attacks. Living together, off the grid, Lei and Emma hoped to remain out of the public eye but a copycat killer pulls our heroine back into the game as he pointedly targets Lei and Emma with every kill, and threatening call. Enter FBI agent Dante Young, a man whose job it is to take down a killer but a killer who is supposedly serving a life-sentence in prison. What ensues is the search for the killer, and the emotional fall-out as a psychopathic mind continues to taunt Emma and Lei. FBI agent Dante Young takes an immediate liking to our story line heroine. Lei Zhang is a feisty woman who has suffered at the hands of her former boyfriend, a man who turned serial killer in the blink of an eye. As Dante battles his attraction to Lei, Lei knows it is only a matter of time before her past catches up, and destroys her life, once again. Lei and Emma’s co-dependency upon one another is a psychiatrist’s nightmare, and yet with all of their precautions against an inevitable attack, someone, someway, the evil gets through. THE SURVIVING GIRLS is not a story of romantic suspense; in fact there is limited romance as our couple keep one another at arm’s length, considering the circumstances of which they are now involved. Katee Robert pulls the reader into a thrilling and suspenseful tale of abduction and murder; a copycat killer who has been stalking our heroine for close to twelve years. The world building looks at Emma and Lei twelve years after Lei’s boyfriend mutilated and murdered twenty-one of their sorority sisters. As a copycat killer begins to reimagine the murders, the FBI opens a different line of thinking as they consider the possibility of the how and why. I had a couple of issues with believability. There were some revelations that came out of left field, but such is the nature of a fictional story line.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic murder mystery, with a splash of romance thrown in. I LOVED it! It's book 3 in the series, but they are complete standalones, so jump in! Lei Zhang and Emma Nilsson lived through the worst thing you can imagine. A massacre in their sorority house 12 years earlier. But the worst part of all for Lei? The killer was her boyfriend, and she's the one who let him in the house. They've both moved on as best they can, to a different state, but they still live together. They're quite co-dependent, but as far as they're concerned, if it helps them to function semi-normally, they are all for it. They also started a business, training cadaver dogs, and using them in searches to help law enforcement, and private clients. Lei does the searches with her dog, Saul, and Emma runs the computer end of things, as she's now agoraphobic and never leaves the house. They are maintaining for the most part, and keeping a low profile, but when a copycat starts killing girls again, they get dragged back into the fray. Dante Young is an FBI agent with the Behavioral Analysis Unit. He and his partner, Clarke, are the ones you call in when there's something the local PD can't handle, or doesn't want to. Like serial killings, or mass murders. So, in that vein, usually they are called in after there have already been a few crimes, and the cops are at a dead end. When they get called to a live crime scene in Seattle, Washington, they know it's going to be a doozy. When the murders strongly resemble the old Sorority Row killings, they know they're in trouble. Because the killer is still in jail. So, who's killing girls now? When they go to interview the 2 living victims from the original crime, Dante is shocked at his strong attraction to Lei. But, he's never let personal feelings compromise his work on any other case, and he's not about to start now. Lei and Dante had very strong chemistry, and even though the book wasn't really about that, I enjoyed watching it develop. The murder mystery was scary, exciting, and kept me on the edge of my seat trying to guess who the killer was. I loved Lei and Emma, and it was interesting to see the ways they learned to cope with their lives, knowing they'd never be the same as they had been Before. They were really all each other had for the last 12 years. No one else could possibly understand what they lived through. Their families no longer knew how to deal with them and so they clung to each other, and tried to carve out a life for themselves that somewhat resembled normalcy. I enjoyed watching their interactions and how they relied on each other. The FBI agents were all great characters as well, and I would love to get to know some more of them better in future books. I'm not sure if more books are in the works or not, but I hope so! I've really enjoyed each book in this series, but this one is, by far, my favorite! I am a bit surprised at that, as I feel it had less of a traditional romance in the story than the other 2, but it was still so great! I highly recommend it to any lovers of mystery/thrillers, or even romantic suspense. It's only probably 5% romance with the rest being straight murder mystery, where I'd say the other books are about 15% romance, but I loved it. I truly hope we get more in this series!
Timitra More than 1 year ago
Rated 4.5 Stars The Surviving Girls was an edge of the seat, nail biting type of read. I enjoyed it very much especially the way it all unfolded. Although the romance took a back seat to the suspense I still enjoyed that aspect of the story. I think the author did a great job crafting this story. I definitely recommend it suspense and thriller fans. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review