The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry

By Jane Harper

  • Release Date: 2016-05-31
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
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WINNER ABIA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

"I devoured it in just over 24 hours ... Spellbinding" Ian Rankin

"A breathless pageturner ... A secret on every page" The New York Times

"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... Read it!" David Baldacci

WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

It hasn't rained in Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the farming community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are discovered shot to death on their property. Everyone assumes Luke Hadler committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son.

Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funerals and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and his childhood friend Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth ...

MORE PRAISE FOR THE DRY

"Devastating debut ... a suspenseful tale of sound and fury" Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A nail-biting thriller ... this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime." Kirkus, starred review

"Every so often a debut novel arrives that is so tightly woven and compelling it seems the work of a novelist in her prime. That's what Jane Harper has given us with The Dry" John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road

"It's extremely rare and exciting to read a debut that enthralls from the very first page and then absolutely sticks the landing." C.J. Box, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Off The Grid

"Australian author Harper's debut is a stunner." Booklist

Reviews

  • Blown away!

    5
    By Javicado
    What. A. Book. This story started slow and built up to the gripping conclusion. I was hooked from chapter 3 and read this book within days, would've been hours if not for the kids. LOVED IT!
  • Awesome

    5
    By 2013aq
    This is a fantastic book. Keeps you guessing till the end. Looking forward to the next book from this author.
  • Good read

    5
    By Troysy
    Bought the reality of hardness of out outback existence to life. Great read and kept you interested .
  • Refreshing and left me guessing

    5
    By glasshousegirl
    This was a really interesting novel and opened up the pages to the all to real reality of coming from and living in a small country town. The character development and story line are excellently done and the plot kept me guessing whodunit right to the very end.
  • The Dry

    5
    By Grandma Pussycat
    Thoroughly enjoyable read with an unusual plot that unwound piece by piece in a way to keep you intrigued and guessing to the very end.
  • DRY

    5
    By Amanda2916
    Loved this book, kept me in suspense to the end. Can't wait to read her second book
  • Breathtaking

    5
    By WilleyWinter
    This is all about a deep mystery in a small town unfolding. The clever plot keeps the reader turning pages to find out what happens next. What finally unravels is a masterful conclusion that is as as unexpected as it is manic. The Mexican standoff near the end of the book is a heart stopping episode that is skilfully written. It, however, is the denouement, as the truth surrounding Ellie's death has to be resolved. The characters develop at an easy to follow pace. The concise descriptive narrative paint a dry country landscape to that creates an electric backdrop for the final pages.
  • Wow

    5
    By Kez25
    An amazing page turner!
  • A great yarn

    4
    By *sambelina*
    This was an excellent debut book and an easy, entertaining read with a neat twist that wasn't too obvious or implausible. I read somewhere that Reece Witherspoon has bought the rights for it to turn into a series à la Big Little Lies, and I'm already waiting in anticipation. As someone who grew up in a small(ish) town, I agree with some of the previous reviews that some of the lingo wasn't quite right (barns vs sheds, fields vs paddocks, etc). Also, true blue farms with aren't typically within walking distance of each other. They're not details that most readers would notice, or be bothered by, but it did affect the authenticity of it. It's surprisingly they didn't get picked up in the editing process but perhaps it was intentional to give it international appeal. Obviously that worked. I'll certainly follow Ms Harper and her Aaron Falk series with interest.
  • Evocative treasure trove

    5
    By Lone64
    Transported to the land where even the dirt is vapourous and the heat rises through the hairs on your legs, the grass as light as feathers slices through your skin like scalpels and the squinting crows feet disguise the discouragement of the souls who love the place. What a terrific story, i love it!

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