The Dry

The Dry

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"''One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... Every word is near perfect.' -- David Baldacci. A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper. 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."--
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017, c2016.
ISBN: 9781250105608
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Harper Jane 01/2017
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,24 cm


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ArapahoeDiane Jul 11, 2018

I usually don't care for mysteries but I loved this book. I loved the way the present murder investigation led to also solving an old murder.

Jul 07, 2018

Fast moving, well written; makes you guess to the last few pages.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

I did like this. It's a well written introduction to a new mystery solver who I hope gets more fleshed out in Force of Nature. Some plot devices were clunky and jarring but I could forgive that.

Jun 09, 2018

Such a good debut novel! I enjoyed the writing and the story. The main character reminded me of the protagonists in Dick Francis's novels -- smart, mild-mannered, standing on the outside. Fortunately, he'll be back.

MegH_OshLib May 25, 2018

There was something about the cover of the 'The Dry' that called out to me, I knew from the second I saw it that this was a book I was going to read. From the cover, I didn't expect it to be a debut for both the author and their character, Aaron Falk, but it definitely looked mysterious and that's what I was in the mood for.

I'm a huge fan of the way Harper wrote this book, the way she integrated the past with the present was really well done and made the book read as if it were a movie, it became exceptionally easy to visualize. The atmosphere, the scenery, and the town were great - having lived in a small town myself I could instantly relate to how isolating it all can feel. For a debut novel, 'The Dry' was fantastic, I can't wait to see Harper's writing develop more as we continue on with Aaron Falk and his work.

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

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