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 ..." - back cover.
Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales, Macmillan / Pan Macmillan Australia,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781743548059
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm.

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ArapahoeSarahD Oct 09, 2018

I am rarely so completely enthralled in a story. The tale of Agent Falk is one I will not soon forget. As soon as I finished this book, I wished for another story by Jane Harper only to realize she'd just released "Force of Nature". Both are must reads!!!

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annekim9
Aug 25, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully crafted murder mystery set in a small Australian town. The author doesn't miss a beat with the creation of this story. It's hard to believe this is a first novel. I cannot wait to read her next book. Do not miss The Dry.

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Rachelc24
Aug 13, 2018

good mystery.. I really enjoyed this book and the follow up. Forces of Nature. I recommend both.

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7626dee
Aug 10, 2018

The atmosphere of the area is the dust bowl in 1930's America. The town is peopled by worn out people on the brink. I have always considered the Outback of Australia as the last Wild West type frontier, still firmly stuck in the last century and peopled by ghosts of the bad old days. This author will go far if this is her debut novel-great book.

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ValinOR14
Jul 30, 2018

What a book! Sad. Mysterious. Twisty. Hot and arid. Loved the characters. In all honesty, when I started the book I wasn't sure I was going to love it. It didn't take long, however, before I was blown away. Read this book! You won't be sorry.

ArapahoeDiane Jul 11, 2018

I usually don't care for mysteries but I loved this book. I loved the way the present murder investigation led to also solving an old murder.

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empbee
Jul 07, 2018

Fast moving, well written; makes you guess to the last few pages.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

I did like this. It's a well written introduction to a new mystery solver who I hope gets more fleshed out in Force of Nature. Some plot devices were clunky and jarring but I could forgive that.

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sloanelm
Jun 09, 2018

Such a good debut novel! I enjoyed the writing and the story. The main character reminded me of the protagonists in Dick Francis's novels -- smart, mild-mannered, standing on the outside. Fortunately, he'll be back.

MegH_OshLib May 25, 2018

There was something about the cover of the 'The Dry' that called out to me, I knew from the second I saw it that this was a book I was going to read. From the cover, I didn't expect it to be a debut for both the author and their character, Aaron Falk, but it definitely looked mysterious and that's what I was in the mood for.

I'm a huge fan of the way Harper wrote this book, the way she integrated the past with the present was really well done and made the book read as if it were a movie, it became exceptionally easy to visualize. The atmosphere, the scenery, and the town were great - having lived in a small town myself I could instantly relate to how isolating it all can feel. For a debut novel, 'The Dry' was fantastic, I can't wait to see Harper's writing develop more as we continue on with Aaron Falk and his work.

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