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The Dry (2016)

by Jane Harper

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I liked the setting of this contemporary Australian mystery. I am less sure that I liked the flash back sections; they were important to the overall plot but didn't quite fit the third person narrative style of the contemporary sections. If they had just been Aaron's memories of those times, it would have been OK but we got slices of perspective from other people which Aaron could not have known about (or at least not in full). ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 4, 2017 |
This was a great whodunit. It is set in the countryside outside of Melbourne, Australia. The drought of the title is a big part of the descriptive narrative offering up a compelling backdrop to the plot. The characters are well drawn and their interactions drag you into the two mysteries that are part of the book. Highly recommend for a good summer read. I look forward to her next book when it comes out in 2018. ( )
  beebeereads | Sep 15, 2017 |
The Dry by Jane Harper is another very well done crime novel by a first time novelist.

The story is set in a small Australian community racked by a long term drought, which only adds to the lurking, beneath the surface nastiness.

The plot revolves around Aaron Falk, a federal police detective specializing in financial crimes, involving both a present day horrific incident and a haunting past incident.

Falk has returned home for the funeral of an estranged, close childhood friend. It gives nothing away to reveal the childhood friend's funeral is due to his believed suicide after the murder of his wife and oldest child. It is also quickly revealed Falk's own history involves a town scandal that most are not bashful of reminding him of, many in hopes he'll leave the community again.

Besides his desire to attend the funeral and then leave town, Falk then starts to probe the deaths of his friend and family, when most in the community would prefer otherwise.

Harper takes her time and pace to reveal the story, which does not turn this novel into a page turning thriller - and that is a good thing. Characters and their backgrounds are well developed and the plot believable, with the outcome of the book and acts of the characters throughout the novel quite plausible.

This novel is a very good, strong mystery novel and highly recommended. ( )
  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
What an amazing debut novel - I was engrossed in this evocative story-telling from the opening sentence and could feel the heat, tension and paranoia in a community struggling to survive. All the characters were exceptionally well-drawn. This is a must for lovers of intelligent, well-plotted thrillers. An author to watch out for! ( )
  linda.a. | Sep 1, 2017 |
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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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A first book for this author and it is outstanding! The language is beautifully descriptive as we are told the story of a brutal family murder in an outback country town . Federal Agent Aaron Falk has been requested...well almost ordered...to come from his home in Melbourne to the small outback town that he grew up in for the funerals. He finds the town hasn't changed much. It's still a town that is bogged down with anger, bitterness, violence, oppressive heat and blow-flies.

The present day mystery is creatively woven in with the last questionable death that occurred in the community decades earlier... one that Falk was suspected of contributing to. It's s sad story with plenty of red herrings. Who killed three members of the Hadler family? Was it the husband before he committed suicide? Did he commit suicide? What did Luke Hadler and Arron lie about those decades ago? You just have to keep reading to find out. Anyone that considers James Lee Burke or Robert Crais one of their favorite authors will certainly like The Dry. ( )
  Carol420 | Aug 30, 2017 |
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Aaron Falk gaat terug naar zijn geboortedorp Kiewarra in Australië voor de begrafenis van zijn vroegere vriend Luke. Bij Luke heeft zich een familiedrama afgespeeld. Falk is niet erg welkom in het stadje. Jaren geleden is hij samen met zijn vader het stadje ontvlucht omdat Falk in verband werd gebracht met de dood van zijn toenmalige vriendin Ellie Deacon. Falk is van plan om na de begrafenis direct weer te vertrekken. De ouders van Luke vragen hem echter om even te blijven en wat onderzoek te doen naar de dood van hun zoon…lees verder >
 
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It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate.
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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 start bleeding into fresh ones. 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...
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 ...
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