Book Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

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My Rating: 5 Stars

Title: The Dry

Author: Jane Harper

Pub Date: May 31st, 2016

Publisher: Macmillan Australia

Pages: 352

For People Who Like: Small Town Thrillers, Australia, Old Childhood Friendships

Bri’s Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book! It was a great, page-turning mystery with a creative ending. I found this one at a book sale and didn’t know that much going into it, but from the very beginning, I knew that I was going to like it. If you enjoy the storyline of a detective coming back to their small hometown to solve a case that brings up old childhood secrets of a teenage girl’s death, then this book is for you.

One of the best things about this book was the atmosphere. It is set in a small town in Australia that is going through a drought and the setting acts as a catalyst for the plot. While reading this, you can feel the heat and the frustrations and fears that it causes the townspeople.

I also loved the characters in this book and how you never really felt like you knew everything about them. The writing would frequently switch to flashbacks of the four main characters’ friendships as teenagers and it would leave you trying to figure out just where their dynamics may have gone wrong.

I loved this book and I loved Jane Harper’s writing, so I can’t wait to pick up her next Aaron Falk novel called Force of Nature. I’m pretty sure it is a new mystery with the same detective, which makes me really excited to start reading once I get it off hold from the library!

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Synopsis

A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning new author.

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.

 

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