The Dry

The Dry

Book - 2017
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A small town hides big secrets in The Dry. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250105608
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,25 cm


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Mar 07, 2018

With prose as sere and jagged as the dry riverbed of a once free flowing river, Jane Harper delivers a story of passion, tragedy and murder set in the landscape of drought locked sheep stations surrounding a small, shriveling, country town outside Melbourne, Australia. In this debut novel, the author skillfully and evocatively weaves together past and present events and characters using metaphors of running water and dry, dusty, life crippling drought as she builds to an explosive and memorable climax.

Ms. Harper’s writing is excellent; clever, suspenseful, visual and very atmospheric. The pace of this riveting novel is steady and slow, but with enough unexpected twists to keep the reader guessing. This is an impressive first novel and the beginning of what promises to be a popular series featuring her main protagonist, Federal Agent Aaron Falk. I highly recommend this book.

DPLchandra Mar 06, 2018

Small towns can hold big secrets. This dark mystery set in a small Australian town has twists and turns aplenty.

JessicaGma Feb 13, 2018

It's dark. I think I was expecting more based on several reviews I saw, but it reflects the secrets and distrust of a small town. I think it was this element that made me the most uncomfortable with the story - the town was full of small minded people, but I suppose that's reality. definitely worth reading if you like mysteries.

Feb 04, 2018

this was honestly a 10/10 crime book
would recommend

Nicr Feb 02, 2018

Melbourne federal agent Aaron Falk returns home to drought-stricken farm country for the funeral of his childhood friend, an apparent murder-suicide with his wife and son, and ends up staying to investigate the deaths. Amazing opening, and compellingly written throughout. Cinematic and richly atmospheric. Reminiscent of Tana French.

Jan 14, 2018

I'm surprised at the good reviews. The writing seemed pretty mundane, characters and plot not very interesting. I only made it through a couple of chapters.

Dec 17, 2017

The writing is good. The characters were relatable. I like Aaron Falk. But? I knew who the killer was as soon as the killer was introduced into the story. Sorry, but *shrug*. I'll check out #2 in what is going to be a series, even though I really like to be thrown off by psychological thrillers and mysteries.

Dec 13, 2017

Secrets and mysteries abound in an small, dried up Australian town. Discovering and unraveling the secrets and lies of a past murder/suicide takes Agent Falk on a return hometown journey after a close family was murdered. The plot rather slowly unfolds to a quick and wrapped up surprise ending.

martins_mom Dec 11, 2017

Mystery set in small-town Australia new country for me. Characterization is deep, and the threads of two puzzles - the 20-year-old death of a teenage girl and the present-day shootings of three family members, one of the three the girl’s former boyfriend - are very well woven together. As is often the case, the policeman who solves things is a lone wolf whose own backstory is a tragic one.

Dec 05, 2017

The gears turn slowly but then begin to spin rapidly toward the end of the book. Very well written and evokes the distress of a farming community in Australia suffering from a terrible draught. Three family members have died, one by suicide. And a returning homeboy, plagued by memories of his past, returns to unravel the mystery. Be patient because the end is worth it.

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Apr 01, 2017

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