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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Returning to his hometown in a cloud of suspicion for a crime that happened while he was in highschool, Federal Police Officer Aaron Falk must try and solve a suicide/murder of one of Kiewarra's most popular residents.


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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neyoscribbles Mar 22, 2018

I really enjoyed the writing style; the setting was described in such a way that it felt like a character itself. Although it's a typical small town but with big secrets around every corner mystery, the weaving of more than one mystery adds to the page turner characteristics of this book. My problem was that I started to like all the characters so it was rather difficult trying to figure out who had committed the crime. When you finally figure it out, you'll have a hard time accepting it. The only downfall, for me at least, is that this is quickly becoming a series (and how can you not continue to follow the character of Falk?).

coroboreefarm Mar 07, 2018

With prose as sere and jagged as the dry riverbed of a once free flowing river, Jane Harper delivers a story of passion, tragedy and murder set in the landscape of drought locked sheep stations surrounding a small, shriveling, country town outside Melbourne, Australia. In this debut novel, the author skillfully and evocatively weaves together past and present events and characters using metaphors of running water and dry, dusty, life crippling drought as she builds to an explosive and memorable climax.

Ms. Harper’s writing is excellent; clever, suspenseful, visual and very atmospheric. The pace of this riveting novel is steady and slow, but with enough unexpected twists to keep the reader guessing. This is an impressive first novel and the beginning of what promises to be a popular series featuring her main protagonist, Federal Agent Aaron Falk. I highly recommend this book.

DPLchandra Mar 06, 2018

Small towns can hold big secrets. This dark mystery set in a small Australian town has twists and turns aplenty.

JessicaGma Feb 13, 2018

It's dark. I think I was expecting more based on several reviews I saw, but it reflects the secrets and distrust of a small town. I think it was this element that made me the most uncomfortable with the story - the town was full of small minded people, but I suppose that's reality. definitely worth reading if you like mysteries.

Feb 04, 2018

this was honestly a 10/10 crime book
would recommend

Nicr Feb 02, 2018

Melbourne federal agent Aaron Falk returns home to drought-stricken farm country for the funeral of his childhood friend, an apparent murder-suicide with his wife and son, and ends up staying to investigate the deaths. Amazing opening, and compellingly written throughout. Cinematic and richly atmospheric. Reminiscent of Tana French.

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.

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.

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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Apr 01, 2017

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