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
Luke Hadler may have had a light on waiting for him when he came home, but something else from this wretched, desperate community had seeped through that front door and into his home. And it had been rotten and thick and black enough to extinguish that light forever.
The Dry actually makes me feel vindicated in my rating and review of Ritter's Bonfire last year. I got some criticisms that I was being too harsh toward a debut author; that a lot of thrillers follow a familiar format but that ...more
What a book. I had to sleep on this one. Not like, right on top of it, it was just a little to the left of my pillow, but I needed time to process. It’s not as though this read was so incredibly intoxicating that I couldn't wrap my head around it—quite the contrary, actually.
The pace is steady and slow, verging on dull at times but never quite crossing that line. The plot itself is packed with twists, but they felt gentle and weren't especially shocking.
So what did it for me? The ...more
*Fold his arms and sighs*
I'm not saying that this was a bad book … it was OK … though the storyline (for me) was flat, improbable, slow-paced and bereft of suspense.
Apart from that, it was fine!
Bland federal agent, Aaron Falk, returns to the small Outback town of his childhood for the funeral of his best friend (and also his ...more
Love having reading friends to share books with! Thanks Mel. Very glad to have unexpectedly stumbled across this one, considering I’d had a recent conversation with my local bookstore manager where she’d mentioned it’s their top seller. I always ask her what is the current best seller. Best seller it is.
A dazzling debut where again I am left wondering, what’s debut-ish about this work? The entire read I was chopping and changing my mind about who ...more
This is my kind of mystery/thriller!
When Aaron returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, he intends to make a retreat back to his life as a federal agent, as quickly as possible.
But, Luke’s grieving parents ask him to use his talents to look into Luke’s financial affairs, in hopes of finding answers as to why their son killed his wife and son and then shot himself. The chances are slim to none that ...more
I am so late to THE DRY party that I almost didn't read it. Finally, ...more
First things first, applause for author Jane Harper, who's put together this cracking storyline set in the Australian farming community of Kiewarra.
Luke Hadler allegedly killed his wife Karen and young son Billy before turning the gun on himself, but is this tragedy as cut and dried as it appears?
Federal Police Investigator Aaron Falk returns for the funeral of his childhood friend Luke, but he faces animosity and threats regarding the suicide of Ellie Deacon some twenty years ago. ...more
"The weather pattern had a bad name" ----"El Nino" ----in "The Dry".
"El Nino" refers to "the little boy", so named because the pool of warm water in the Pacific near South America is often at the warmest around Christmas. The original name, El Niño de Navidad, traces its origin centuries back to Peruvian fisherman, Who named the weather phenomenon in reference to the newborn Christ.
"The Dry", itself refers to the long ...more
This book had everything—great writing, a terrifically evocative setting (I felt hot every time I read it, and it wasn't just because I'm running a fever, and I kept expecting everyone I came into contact with to speak with an Australian accent), interesting character development, and lots of twists and turns. It's amazing to think ...more
This book was so good. So freaking good. It doesn't need any words. Not that I have a clue about its reputation...I picked it up on a whim and haven't looked back since. This is the writing that will entice millions across the globe.
It's been ...more
The mood, the atmosphere, the setting, the tone, the format…..
"Her goodbye as she left was as dry as the fields."
THE DRY by JANE HARPER is an absolutely engrossing and compelling whodunit crime mystery / thriller that drew me in right from the very first chapter to the very last page!
JANE HARPER delivers a clever, atmospheric, suspenseful, impressive, and very descriptive read here which ...more
Aaron Falk, a federal financial police officer, reluctantly returns to Kiewarra to attend the funeral of his former best friend, Luke Hadler. It appears that Luke committed a murder suicide, killing his wife, Karen, and their six-year-old son, Billy, before taking his own life. The community is in shock and speculation abounds. ...more
This was the first book in a new series and I was really surprised on how much I loved this book. The book is utterly addictive, and I found it hard to take a break from it, reading it within a couple of days. Jane has managed to create realistic characters, dealing with very realistic situations. You often feel that you are standing in Aaron Falk’s shoes, as you start to feel his emotions moving through your body. My favorite part about this book was how everyone was a suspect. When I had ...more
Holy shit! 4.5
"They're like sharks in here mate...they'll pounce at the first sign of blood."
Wow! This was the definition of a claustrophobic small country town. Aaron Faulk returns to Kierawalla for the first time in 20 years, but not on good terms. His childhood friend is dead, presumed suicide after murdering his wife and son.
Twenty years previous, a teenage girl drowned in the nearby river, throwing ...more
I don't get it? I am reading all these 5 star rave reviews for The Dry and I'm just left here thinking, what the hell am I missing?
This book was a bit of a chore for me to read. I literally had to force myself to read it, and I know what people are think, then why didn't you just stop reading it? And I have two answers for that:
1. I'm a stubborn bitch
2. I kept thinking the next chapter was going to blow my mind and then I'll understand these rave reviews, but as chapters went by I ...more
”The Outback is impossible, forever and it’s free
No way can I find an end to what it means to me”
Sing You the Outback John Williamson
Mere days ago, I was inundated by water. Water, water, everywhere… Rivers overflowing … and suddenly I find myself transported to a land where rain hadn’t fallen in nearly two years.
”The drought had left the flies spoiled for choice that summer.”
The farmers told themselves that the drought wouldn’t last, said those words to each other, and to ...more
All of the characters were very well developed. I really liked Falk, the main character - he had a secretive side which had me questioning his past - I wanted to know his back story and figure out his intentions - I liked the aura of secrecy that surrounded ...more
This story is set in the bush in Kiewarra, Australia, where a murder suicide has taken place in a community where a drought is on. Falk, a cop who has come back for the funeral, is coaxed into staying to dig into the truth of what really happened to the family. A past is reawakened, secrets are kept close and many don't want him there for the ties he ...more
An entertaining, easy & quick read. Well written psychological crime thriller, full of tension and ...more
Atmospheric and beautifully written, this is part police procedural, part thriller/murder mystery. It opens with a bang and will have you glued until the very last page. This is one of those books that you will find yourself trying to sneak in pages here and there, whenever you have a single spare moment, because you will want to know how it ends. Absolutely unputdownable, I finished this in 24 hours and ...more
If I’d known, I would have done things differently. It was too late for that now. Some things had to be lived with.
The Dry is such a heavy and ‘adult’ book: not in the sexual content or violence, although there were several stomach-churning descriptions, no, it’s such an ‘adult book’ in the sense of maturity, with hardships, human disconnections and buried secrets.
The book simply felt genuine and full of emotions. Do books have emotions anyhow? Well, It certainly made me full of emotions, I ...more
There isn’t a thing I’d change about this debut novel from talented Aussie author Jane Harper. The Victorian rural town of Kiewarra is suffocating under the oppression of heat and prolonged drought. While some farmers and shopkeepers are still clutching at small straws of hope, others have walked off or sold out to foreign investors.
Then, a murder/suicide is discovered. It’s not the first in desperate country Australia, and the Hadlers were struggling. Luke Hadler has apparently ...more
The pacing of this story is slower than my dog walking from the car to the door at the veterinarian office.
I'm all about a slow burn, you could even call me a fan, BUT the best part of the slow burn is when the gasoline is thrown on the flames and it ignites into an eyelash singeing inferno. Which never happens in this story.
No doubt the plot sounds intriguing in the description, ...more
This story also goes back and forth from present time to 20 yrs earlier when this father and his group of four friends were growing up there.
One of the group, Falk, is now a cop from the another city, who comes to town for the funeral of his friend and his family, and ends up on the case to try and find the killer. There are lots of ...more
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Jane is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the ...more