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Dry, The

Harper, Jane

  20 Reviews

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.

Pages
342
Year
2016

Reviews

FEILD 005
19-01-2022
Absolutely our favourite book of 2021. Everyone joined in the discussion. A real page turner with an unexpected ending.
WHAKA 011
17-11-2021
A true crime thriller - we loved it. Not a literary novel, but compelling and gripping. Painted the dry desolate landscape well.
WHANG 018
28-10-2021
All members enjoyed this book. The relentless, fractious, dry rural setting was threaded through the narrative. Clever and compelling.
AUCK 412
16-09-2021
We all really enjoyed this book and liked the writing style, how it switched between the past and the present. The only criticism was that the end was rather abrupt, leaving a couple of threads inconclusive.
WHITBY 002
11-07-2021
All but one of us liked this book very much. The one dissenter thought the author missed an opportunity to really press home the effects of drought on the land and the community. A few of us had read it before (and seen the movie) but the reveal at the end was still a bit of a surprise. This was a page turner, with well drawn characters, that kept the reader hooked until the end. If readers enjoyed this book, try The Lost Man by the same author.
CHCH 509
27-05-2021
All members finished this book but it gained a mixed reaction. We agreed that it was what we had needed at the time (as our previous books had been very heavy) and all found it easy to read. Most of us found it quite "light" and predictable.
AUCK 255
19-08-2020
Enjoyed by all, with great characters and a brilliantly described setting that is expertly interwoven into the story.
COOKS 001
29-11-2019
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.
HAMIL 063
16-04-2019
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.
WINT 001
25-10-2018
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.
AUCK 218
24-08-2018
Our group, for one of the first times ever, ALL rated this book highly.
CHCH 125
24-08-2018
Widely enjoyed by the group members. We would like to read the second in the series by Jane Harper featuring Aaron Falk.
WELL 001
24-08-2018
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.
AUCK 038
27-07-2018
Everyone enjoyed it, but didn't feel it lived up to our expectations given all the prizes it has won.
CHCH 324
27-07-2018
Everyone loved this book. Clever plot and well written, with a great twist at the end.
AUCK 116
27-07-2018
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.
AUCK 037
25-07-2018
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.
CHCH 456
25-07-2018
The whole group enjoyed this book. It held everyone's interest the whole way through, and only one person guessed the killer!
CHCH 225
25-07-2018
We all enjoyed this account of the challenges evident in living/surviving (or not) in a drought ridden country. A superbly written first novel!
LOWER 018
25-07-2018
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.