The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry

By Jane Harper

  • Release Date: 2017-01-10
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 161 Ratings
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up…You’ll love [her] sleight of hand…A secret on every page.” —The New York Times

“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.

Reviews

  • The Dry

    5
    By Flaming Gorge
    Great book with the mystery of Australia. The telling of the story and its characters is well done.
  • The Dry

    5
    By Duchnvfl
    Fantastic book couldn't put it down.
  • The Dry

    5
    By The debc613
    WOW! I am a new author who was looking for a good mystery novel to fuel my own writing. What I got when I purchased this book, was ever so much more. I could not put down my iPad. So many twists and turns to keep me the turning pages. I cannot wait for the next book by this author.
  • Dry

    5
    By Nina@310
    Great book and I rarely read mysteries.
  • Great recommendation

    5
    By elsea728
    I saw this on a celebrity's social media that said it was a quick read. I suggested it to my book club and I've enjoyed it a ton. It's a pretty engaging story line and a great quick read for a plane or trip!
  • Another hype

    2
    By B-back?
    Very disappointed with this book. Amazed that a female author wrote such one-dimensional female characters....a lot of coffee pouring and cooking delicious meals for the men-folk, actual flashing of dimples, etc...almost Nancy Drewish. The struggling family farm has been done and overdone and any hope that this would at least be somewhat different with an Australian setting...another let-down. Simplistic, seemed hastily written -- it wasn't called "the next 'Gone Girl,' " -- but it is another wake-up call to read glowing reviews with a skeptical eye. Waste of money.
  • The Dry

    5
    By Winnieandlucy
    Great book about murder in Australia. The story was fantastic and kept me guessing. Small town people with small town ideas make this book a great read.
  • Shocking

    1
    By Ssaarraahh2277
    I'm actually pretty angry that all of this book's positive reviews led me to waste my time and my money. I knew the characters backwards and forwards from the moment they were each introduced because they exist in a million different stories. Ethereal, coveted blonde (with a single dark secret, of course); suicidal brunette who the popular jock secretly loves; nerd who never gets the girl and never gets over it; bigoted small town with no redeeming qualities, and drunk, idiot farmers all around. The "twist" ending is obvious by about page 100. No. Just no.
  • The Dry

    5
    By Artymusician
    I enjoyed reading this book, and loved the ending. The author presented real characters and gave the reader an idea of the harsh realities of life in a small, impoverished community. Alcoholism, gambling addiction, domestic abuse, loss and abandonment destroy lives, families, and communities. Aaron Falk was a good guy, and I'm glad he finally understood Ellie's domestic nightmare -- she was stronger than I thought, but her monstrous father was even more evil than I imagined. I hope there was justice for Ellie, and Falk understood how much he meant to her. Great writing!!

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