Title: The Dry

Author: Jane Harper

Published: May 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller/Australia




In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain. Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.

But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke's death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones...


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Well, here's a lesson in not judging the book by it's cover – it’s safe to say there was NOTHING dry about this book. I thought considering I've been reading back to back mystery/thrillers I might appreciate it less, but boy was I wrong! It was a quick read, both because it was only 400ish pages and because I was physically incapable of putting it down. Although I'd felt like I'd read some of plot twists before (probably because I had *coughNowhereChildcough*) and some elements of the ending were slightly predictable, the "why" behind the "what" was still full of shock value. Based in Australia, and written by an Australian author, I found it easy to relate to the language and picture the landscape, something international readers may miss out on. An incredible effort from Harper, and a debut novel no less! I've heard even better things about her other books, and you best bet this gal's hungry for them now!



I can now use the pace of this novel as a comparable, with it being solidly placed on the slowest end of the scale. The plot was intriguing at first glance, and it had all the tokens for one hell of a psychological thriller ride, but for me, it was like going on that 50+ year old roller-coaster at the local show which is underwhelming and not worth the wait. Overall, the best part about it for me, was the characters (except for Aaron, he was a drag), their journeys and how much I learnt about them along the way. There was certainly many layers of this novel which were peeled off as the “who done it” plot thickened.  I was content with the ending, but just wish the experience in getting there was more enjoyable. If you want a more positive review, please feel free to read Tay’s again.

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