Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

Blurb from Goodreads:
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 start bleeding into fresh ones. 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...
My Review:
I read this during an epic rain storm and subsequent flood and even with this interesting dichotomy, I could feel the heat and drought radiating off the pages of this book. Falk was infinitely likable from the beginning and I felt rather bad for him from the start.  He's a closed off individual but I didn't have a hard time connecting with him. This isn't nearly as gruesome as I thought it would be or which even the first few pages suggest - it's a bit rambling and bumbling but interesting. I figured out one of the mysteries pretty quickly but it didn't stop me from being invested. I hope this author writes more set in Australia because that made me the most curious.

The Dry came out earlier this month on January 10, 2017 and you can purchase HERE. I definitely recommend this one if you like an atmospheric mystery -- this seems like a common formula these days.  MC leaves childhood home after something devastating and returns decades later as a cop to solve the first mystery and a new one: sometimes they're intertwined.  Bust still, this worked and I liked the setting a lot.
Pale from birth with close-cropped white-blond hair and invisible eyelashes, he'd often felt during his thirty-six years that the Australian sun was trying to tell him something.


  1. I definitely want to read this one soon. Glad to see you enjoyed it!

  2. This book reminds me of a book which I read a few years back by Kate Atkinson, I surprisingly really ended up enjoying it! So thank you for putting this on my radar Eva, I shall definitely give it a go when I'm in the mood for it, it sort of gives off a unsettling sort of vibe!

  3. Sooo, this is the main reason I LOVE rainstorms (As long as it stays safe) I'm glad you were able to enjoy the rain, stay warm and dry and read! The best situation EVA.

  4. Give me a rainy day and a good book and I'm a happy girl. :) I love a character that I can get behind from the very start. And it sounds like the setting truly added a lot to the story. Glad you enjoyed this one, Eva!

  5. What I really love about your blog is that I can come here and know I'm going to see a book I never heard of. I love it. I mean the book itself sounds pretty okay, but I never would have known it, if I didn't come here. :)

  6. This actually sounds really good! I'm going to look for an audio copy.

    I think we got the rain down here in Southern California after you. We've had a series of pretty heft storms, which we really needed, but wow! It's finally sunny again for a little while at least. Don't mind the rain, though, since we don't get much of it usually. :)

  7. I absolutely loved this book! This book is the type of crime mystery that I will always enjoy.


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