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Book Review: The Dry

the dry by jane harper

The Dry
: Jane Harper
Published: 2016
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia
Pages: 342
My Rating: 5/5

From the blurb:

Who really killed the Hadler family?
Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, and then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

It really has been a great year for Australian/Australian based authors, and The Dry, from UK born, Melbourne author Jane Harper is certainly a stand out debut.
Set in a drought stricken farming community of Kiewarra, The Dry tells the story of Aaron Falk who returns to his home after the tragic apparent murder-suicide of Luke Hadler, his wife and child. Only vowing to stay for the funeral, Aaron finds himself drawn into investigate the tragedy where nothing is as it seems. Old secrets are muddied and wounds re-opened in this compelling tale of family, friends and what we think to be real.
Harper’s writing is brilliant in every way, Her characterization is unique and strong, and we get a real up close feel from Aaron, the main character.  The book reads like a movie, with the setting playing an important role. You can almost feel the searing heat right to your core along with the community of Kiewarra.
Interweaving the current day story line with the story line from twenty years prior is flawless. Harper drip feeds the reader creating brilliant pace, suspense and a longing to get to the bottom of both.
The Dry is one of this year’s must reads.