The Dry

The Dry

By: Jane Harper
Published: January 10, 2017

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Anne’s thoughts

“You lied. Luke lied. Be at the funeral.” Federal Agent Aaron Falk is summoned home with these words after his best friend Luke dies in a heartbreaking murder-suicide, turning the gun on himself after killing his wife and 6-year-old son. Falk obeys—but he can’t believe his best friend could have done such a thing, and so he starts digging, dragging long-buried secrets back to the surface. The setting is the drought-ravaged Australian Outback, and the brittleness and heat are almost palpable. Imagine an Australian Tana French, and you’ve got this stellar debut about right.

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Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • Debi Morton posted an update in the group Group logo of The DryThe Dry 17 hours, 37 minutes ago

    I just finished this book, and I have far more thoughts than I can put in one post. But I will say that I found Harper’s writing wonderful, especially for a debut novelist. Her writing kept me going once or twice when the story didn’t. And secondly, I was so relieved by the ending when she finally tied up Ellie’s death. When I thought she was…[Read more]

  • Katy Reeve posted an update in the group Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 week ago

    I am just starting this, straight off the back of After the Fall – after this it feels beautifully written so far. Thoughtful writing that I can’t put it down… I love the detail and amount of intrigue in the first few chapters.

  • [FORUM] Amanda Long replied to the topic A Father's Doubts in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 week, 1 day ago

    I think part of why Falk went back (despite the letter from Gerry), was because he subconsciously wanted to prove something to his father. Whether that be that he was capable of going back after they had run away, or whether he wanted to try to prove his own innocence and find out the truth of Ellie’s death. I think Falk lived with the damage of…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Amanda Long replied to the topic Secrets in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 week, 1 day ago

    I like this point – how Harper implies that lying slows down the investigation and convolutes the narrative. I feel like this mirrors real life – lying often slows down the healing of relations, resolution of conflict, etc. The truth is assuredly more difficult at the outset, but the lies just create more problems, issues, and damage to…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Amanda Long replied to the topic The Alternate Ending Game in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 week, 1 day ago

    I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, but I enjoyed the ending. I suspected Scott starting about halfway through, he just seemed “off.” I wasn’t surprised that Mal killed his daughter. I am very grateful that Harper wrapped up Ellie’s death – I was TERRIFIED we were not going to get those answers before the end of the book and I was honestly more…[Read more]

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