The Dry

The Dry

Book - 2016
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Who really killed the Hadler family? Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well. When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret. A secret Falk thought long-buried. A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface.
Publisher: Sydney :, Macmillan Pan Macmillan Australia,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781743548059
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,24 cm.

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Joyce's pick: Set in the tinder dry Australian outback this mystery thriller has some genuine twists and turns, and I didn't guess the killer!
Jane Harper's writing is wonderfully descriptive and beautifully evokes a small rural community in the midst of a drought and with death at its door.


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melmccurdy
Jun 29, 2017

An apparent murder-suicide of a young family in the outback of Australia, leaves a small town shaken and searching for answers.
Admittedly, I'm not a mystery fan, so my opinion of this book comes with those biases. I thought the story plodded along. Nothing really happened until the last 100 pages of the book. The ending had some twists, but nothing particularly shocking.
This is a potential series with the same cop/investigator continuing on in further books. I wouldn't read a second one.

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gailjackman
Jun 27, 2017

What a wonderful find - another new author for me! I love reading thrillers, mysteries, suspense novels and Jane Harper's debut novel, The Dry, was great. Actually more than great - wonderful, suspenseful, could hardly put down to sleep as checked it out one day and finished it the next. Cannot wait for her #2/2 book featuring Aaron Falk, Federal Agent, who is featured again.

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tallpinetree
Jun 13, 2017

Just a good read. The setting is in Australia and part of the country is in a drought. The author does a good job having the reader feel the parched and dry land and its effect on the people. Good mystery.

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gymgurl
May 30, 2017

Excellent crime fiction that also has great character development. A combination that is hard to come by. Highly recommended.

SPL_Brittany May 19, 2017

For me this novel read like a pot that started as a simmer that little by little without knowing slowly increased its temperature to a full boil. Harper starts slow - for me almost painfully slow, and deftly builds the story to the point where you are compelled and engrossed to figure out who committed the murders of the Hadler family. Was it Luke, who killed his family or could it have been someone else? A chilling thought for a small town already tense with struggles of a 2 year drought and now reeling from triple murder that has shaken the already fragile community. Luke's childhood friend federal agent Aaron Falks, struggles to investigate the murders, and at the same time must face his own past and open up old wounds that were to remain hidden.

Debut author Jane Harper brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the dry and smouldering Australian countryside, you almost feel the crackling of the vegetation and dust in the air and oppressive heat as you turn the pages. A great read for readers who enjoy a strong sense of place, as well as a plot that is entangled with twists and turns and revelations that only a small town can highlight. Enjoy this bit of literary tourism to the countryside of Australia.

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rsenots
May 14, 2017

Wow! What an awesome debut novel! It didn't disappoint from the beginning to end.I really enjoyed the Australian backdrop as an added feature. Interesting how she wrote of the past differently than the present, kept the pages turning! I loved all the characters and the twists and turns it took. What a fascinating journey, you will love this book if you love mysteries and good characters. I highly recommend it.

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citymove
Apr 27, 2017

A real page turner, I had a hard time putting this book down. There was some twists and turns that kept me surprised and reading until the end.

ehbooklover Apr 19, 2017

4.5 stars. I really loved this atmospheric mystery. It was beautifully written with very descriptive writing. The characters were complex and interesting. The setting was so well described that at times it felt like I could smell, taste and experience everything as it was happening. There were several twists and I did not guess whodunnit until the end. I'm crossing my fingers that there will be a follow up to this amazing book.

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dmckenziehague
Apr 06, 2017

At first a difficult read but don't give up keep reading you will be surprised. I would look for another novel written by this author. Story is excellent and well thought out.

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mjk236sb
Apr 01, 2017

Very good debut novel. Good mystery both in the present time and in the past - both stories were drawn together very well. It was a page turner as you became involved with the lives of these characters and wanted to know how this was going to work itself out. The author did a great job of pointing the finger to different character throughout the book that kept you guessing as to who the real guilty person or persons was. Surprise!!!!

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