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The Dry (Aaron Falk #1)

A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning new author.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 Lukes steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didnt 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 theres more to Lukes 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....

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The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) Reviews

  • Brenda

    This one's a stunner!

    Kiewarra near Melbourne Australia is in the midst of a severe drought. The ground is hard and cracked, plants are dead and brown, and the river is bone dry. The residents are all under stress economically. When a farmer, Luke Hadler, appears to have killed his wife and child and then committed suicide, the powder keg is ready.

    Aaron Falk, a federal police officer in Melbourne, receives a note that draws him back to the town he left twenty years ago. "Luke lied. You lied. Be a

  • Carol

    The Hook - So many wonderful reviews by my GR friends found me craving to be in the loop. The promise of a crime story set in the dry bushlands of Australia was intriguing to me. Debuts also have great appeal.

    The Line - ”And it’s tiger snake territory here, so watch your feet “

    Snake Danger in Australia – Wildlife Tourism

    The Sinker - I began this book on audio, expertly read by Steve Shanahan. Shanahan reads slowly and deliberately. At first this was driving me crazy, so much so that I tried to

  • Linda

    "But you know what it's like here, mate. It takes a lot for people to be willing to stand up and rock the boat. It was the same then as it is now."

    Aaron Falk returns to the small farming community of his boyhood. The souls of its citizens are as dry and withered as the devastating drought that has taken root in the blanched soil. There's ne'er a sprout of welcoming for him here in Kiewarra.

    But shock is the only apparent current running through this town. Falk's best friend of his youth, Luke Had

  • Cheri

    4.5 Stars

    ”The Outback is impossible, forever and it’s free

    No way can I find an end to what it means to me”

    Sing You the Outback John Williamson

    Mere days ago, I was inundated by water. Water, water, everywhere… Rivers overflowing … and suddenly I find myself transported to a land where rain hadn’t fallen in nearly two years.

    ”The drought had left the flies spoiled for choice that summer.”

    The farmers told themselves that the drought wouldn’t last, said those words to each other, and to themselves

  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    *4.5 stars!*

    What a book. I had to sleep on this one. Not like, right on top of it, it was just a little to the left of my pillow, but I needed time to process. It’s not as though this read was so incredibly intoxicating that I couldn't wrap my head around it—quite the contrary, actually.

    The pace is steady and slow, verging on dull at times but never quite crossing that line. The plot itself is packed with twists, but they felt gentle and weren't especially shocking.

    So what did it for me? The a

  • Debbie

    There in The Dry, it’s raining 5-star reviews, and here I sit, trying to get right with my 3-star drip-drop. Maybe I’m using silly water analogies because I’m remembering how parched this locale is, a small farm town in Australia, and I need some liquid. I’m sure that a big part of the allure of this story (about a guy, Falk, who is trying to solve a heinous crime) is its vivid, scorched setting. Everything is hot and dry and slow. I didn’t feel the heat for some reason, but I definitely felt th ...more

  • Luffy

    I sigh with relief when I realize I've read a 5 star book at last. I sigh with content. The setting was kind of interesting, and I have always believed that pound for pound, Australian literature has been punching above its weight for quite some time.

    This book was so good. So freaking good. It doesn't need any words. Not that I have a clue about its reputation...I picked it up on a whim and haven't looked back since. This is the writing that will entice millions across the globe.

    It's been centur

  • Larry H

    Wow, this was really a great book! I love it when books which are hyped actually live up to the praise they're getting, and Jane Harper's The Dry definitely did.

    This book had everything—great writing, a terrifically evocative setting (I felt hot every time I read it, and it wasn't just because I'm running a fever, and I kept expecting everyone I came into contact with to speak with an Australian accent), interesting character development, and lots of twists and turns. It's amazing to think tha

    Harper really did her best to keep you guessing, although that didn't stop me from suspecting nearly everyone at one point. "Wait, you seem sympathetic? You did it," I thought. But while I wasn't completely surprised by the way she resolved the story, I still was surprised at the motivation behind it until the very end. And there was one revelation about the second mystery that baffled me, so I'm going to need to reach out to someone else who has read the book to see if I understood the plot correctly.

    All told, this is a tremendously suspenseful, exceptionally well-written book that really blew me away. Lately I've been reading crime novels that have been more novel than crime, which hasn't been a bad thing, but The Dry was really a crime novel. If this is Harper's debut, I can't wait to see what comes next, because she hit a homer with this one!!

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