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, NSW : 2016. Macmillan,
ISBN: 9781743548059
Branch Call Number: AF HARP

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LoganLib_JennyI Mar 08, 2017

A policeman is summoned back to his farming hometown to the funeral of murder/suicide victims he knew from his childhood. A classic whodunit with a gritty Australian flavour and a great plot driven by small town secrets.


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calvoer
Jan 14, 2018

I'm surprised at the good reviews. The writing seemed pretty mundane, characters and plot not very interesting. I only made it through a couple of chapters.

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abcDena
Dec 17, 2017

The writing is good. The characters were relatable. I like Aaron Falk. But? I knew who the killer was as soon as the killer was introduced into the story. Sorry, but *shrug*. I'll check out #2 in what is going to be a series, even though I really like to be thrown off by psychological thrillers and mysteries.

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laphampeak
Dec 13, 2017

Secrets and mysteries abound in an small, dried up Australian town. Discovering and unraveling the secrets and lies of a past murder/suicide takes Agent Falk on a return hometown journey after a close family was murdered. The plot rather slowly unfolds to a quick and wrapped up surprise ending.

martins_mom Dec 11, 2017

Mystery set in small-town Australia new country for me. Characterization is deep, and the threads of two puzzles - the 20-year-old death of a teenage girl and the present-day shootings of three family members, one of the three the girl’s former boyfriend - are very well woven together. As is often the case, the policeman who solves things is a lone wolf whose own backstory is a tragic one.

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Dreamstime
Dec 05, 2017

The gears turn slowly but then begin to spin rapidly toward the end of the book. Very well written and evokes the distress of a farming community in Australia suffering from a terrible draught. Three family members have died, one by suicide. And a returning homeboy, plagued by memories of his past, returns to unravel the mystery. Be patient because the end is worth it.

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CHRIS_TAY
Oct 30, 2017

Found it to be an excellent read. Couldn't put it down.

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llwboston
Oct 14, 2017

Worth reading for the gripping account of Australian small town residents trying to cope with the catastrophic effects of a years-long drought, a recent murder-suicide, and another, decades-old tragedy. Such a vivid sense of place and character that I finished the novel feeling like I had actually been in rural Australia and gotten to know the residents. Unfortunately, three weakness in the book: 1) the detective/narrator is a r ather dull by-the-numbers "outsider with a haunted past", 2) the present day whodunit was rather easy to guess, 3)the past whodunit, where the most likely suspect turns out to be guilty. I look forward to more from Ms. Harper, but I'm not sure another novel featuring Agent Falk would be my first choice. I would be far more interested in a continuing series with the bar owner as a recurring character!

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melmccurdy
Jun 29, 2017

An apparent murder-suicide of a young family in the outback of Australia, leaves a small town shaken and searching for answers.
Admittedly, I'm not a mystery fan, so my opinion of this book comes with those biases. I thought the story plodded along. Nothing really happened until the last 100 pages of the book. The ending had some twists, but nothing particularly shocking.
This is a potential series with the same cop/investigator continuing on in further books. I wouldn't read a second one.

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gailjackman
Jun 27, 2017

What a wonderful find - another new author for me! I love reading thrillers, mysteries, suspense novels and Jane Harper's debut novel, The Dry, was great. Actually more than great - wonderful, suspenseful, could hardly put down to sleep as checked it out one day and finished it the next. Cannot wait for her #2/2 book featuring Aaron Falk, Federal Agent, who is featured again.

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tallpinetree
Jun 13, 2017

Just a good read. The setting is in Australia and part of the country is in a drought. The author does a good job having the reader feel the parched and dry land and its effect on the people. Good mystery.

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Apr 01, 2017

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