Title: Dry, The
Authors: Harper, Jane
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 342
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: Melbourne-based Federal Police Investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown of Kiewarra to attend the funeral of his childhood friend Luke, and Luke's wife and child, supposed victims of a murder-suicide. Forced to confront his own past with Luke, Aaron is drawn into the investigation, probing the secrets of a small town fuelled by drought and despair.

Set in the blistering heat and dust of rural Australia, this is a thriller that races along as fast as the wildfire that threatens the harsh and unforgiving landscape.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It flowed beautifully keeping my interest high. Well written."

"Thoroughly enjoyable, fast moving crime thriller with wonderfully believable characters."

"The author keeps the author guessing right to the end."

"Anyone who enjoys a good speed-read will like this book."

"A gripping story set in remote Australia – an interesting background."

"A well written book – an easy, quick read, rather than a complex one."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller, Australia, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, 2018 Titles


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By: AUCK 255 2020-08-19 12:12:53
Enjoyed by all, with great characters and a brilliantly described setting that is expertly interwoven into the story.

By: COOKS 001 2019-11-29 16:22:01
Great read. We all agreed that this book was a great page turner, with believable characters. Harper, like Stephen Daisley, evokes the desperation of people living in an arid outback Australian town. A great story for a 1st book. We discussed the topic of addiction and whether someone would go to such severe lengths as was depicted in the book.

By: HAMIL 063 2019-04-16 21:29:01
We all really enjoyed this book. Well written, and the intertwining of past and present was well done. We were all hooked to the end.

By: WINT 001 2018-10-25 11:32:41
We all really enjoyed this book due to the writing style, which really made the reader understand the effects of drought on the land and people. The topics involved were difficult for some members, but overall a very good wide-ranging discussion took place. As most of us live in a town in a farming area, we were able to compare and contrast our experiences with those of the characters in the book.An easy and worthwhile read.

By: AUCK 218 2018-08-24 14:43:27
Our group, for one of the first times ever, ALL rated this book highly.

By: CHCH 125 2018-08-24 14:42:11
Widely enjoyed by the group members. We would like to read the second in the series by Jane Harper featuring Aaron Falk.

By: WELL 001 2018-08-24 14:40:28
Everyone enjoyed the book - well written and interesting. One member said she had been gripped and read it through in one go. Thoroughly recommended to other groups.

By: AUCK 038 2018-07-27 13:07:23
Everyone enjoyed it, but didn't feel it lived up to our expectations given all the prizes it has won.

By: CHCH 324 2018-07-27 13:05:02
Everyone loved this book. Clever plot and well written, with a great twist at the end.

By: AUCK 116 2018-07-27 13:02:49
The group enjoyed the book. It painted a really good picture of the 'dry'. Well written and easy to read. Not all of the group enjoyed the teenage back story and thought some of the characters weak. Overall, we thought it was good for a first novel.

By: AUCK 037 2018-07-25 15:00:16
We enjoyed the writing style, the believable characters and the portrayal of the rural physical environment. The effect of the drought on the locals was handled in a way that seemed authentic.

By: CHCH 456 2018-07-25 14:58:26
The whole group enjoyed this book. It held everyone's interest the whole way through, and only one person guessed the killer!

By: CHCH 225 2018-07-25 14:57:16
We all enjoyed this account of the challenges evident in living/surviving (or not) in a drought ridden country. A superbly written first novel!

By: LOWER 018 2018-07-25 14:55:07
This was a very popular book - many giving it a 5/5. We loved the atmosphere of a small Aussie town, and the excellent characterisation. A 'whodunnit' that did not reveal too much, too soon. The notes were very good - especially in telling us of other Australian authors we might enjoy.

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