The Dry

The Dry

Book - 2017
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"A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up…You'll love [her] sleight of hand…A secret on every page." --The New York Times

"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read… Every word is near perfect. " --David Baldacci

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry , an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

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
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781250105608
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,25 cm


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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 com... Read More »

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Jul 07, 2019

A solid, enjoyable mystery. It reminded me a lot of a Linda Castillo book, and that's certainly decent praise!

Mar 19, 2019

Came across this book through my book club, being a crime lover it was right up my alley. At 1st slightly predictable but the plot twist & turns kept me reading and glued to my book night & day. Excellent writing now all they need to do is make it into a movie or mini series!

Feb 14, 2019

Fast-paced, well written, kept me up reading way past my bedtime. About halfway through I thought I had it all figured out and was a little disappointed with the predictability of the plot, but then the story took a turn and caught me completely off guard! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a good mystery thriller.

Feb 04, 2019

I found this to an entertaining read, and a good story. Not fine literature, but a good thriller.

Jan 21, 2019

I loved this novel. I felt the heat and the despair.

Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Jan 14, 2019

I really enjoyed this story. As a lover of thriller-mysteries, I thought the story was compelling and the pacing worked (every moment in the book felt very purposeful). It was definitely a page turner for me. Looking forward future works from this author.

Dec 19, 2018

Investigator Aaron Falk returns to a small Australian town where he once lived for the funeral of his former best friend. When the friend’s parents entreat him to stay on and look into what is being called a murder-suicide, he reluctantly faces his own conflicted feelings about the town and another death 20 years in the past. Very atmospheric mystery, a debut for this author. Pretty amazing writing. Another Aaron Falk mystery available now with another coming in February 2019. Always great finding a new series to follow.

Dec 17, 2018

The description of the Australian outback created a vivid backdrop that most readers will recognize as any small-town with its hierarchy of status, income and the prejudices and discrimination that come with it. The main character shows great strength by continuing to investigate despite his initial confusion and threats from residents he imagined were his friends. A great setting for a mystery read with well-developed characters. Good group discussion book.

The Dry is Jane Harper’s debut novel, set in a remote rural town in Australia. Immediately the story has an atmosphere radiating heat, tension and small-town secrets. It introduces Federal Agent Aaron Falk who was run out of town as a teen, returning to attend the funeral of his estranged best friend who’s killed his wife and son in a murder-suicide. I found myself engrossed in the town’s colourful residents, their past and their current tensions as they struggle in the grip of a severe drought that’s bringing their lives to the brink of ruin. Rich in Australian culture and interesting characters, it was hard to put the book down and the ending was both a surprise and a satisfying resolution. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery or is into Liane Moriarty’s novels. (Submitted by Pippa)

Nov 20, 2018

Jane Harper doesn’t mess around in the debut mystery of hers. She will convince you of any number of possibilities concerning the Hadlers and Ellie. It’s a pleasure trying to suss out the mystery and engage with the characters. And Harper writes some great characters, to include the setting. That viable initial sketch takes on greater nuance and meaning as you wonder just who these people both were and are.

Recommended for readers of Mysteries and Thrillers, especially not-so-gritty ones. Readers of Westerns. For those who like to read authors of other countries or stories set in other countries.

If I were to pair this with a film: The Dressmaker (2015) w/ Kate Winslet.

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