The Dry

The Dry

By: Jane Harper
Published: January 10, 2017

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“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

  • [FORUM] Jackie Davis replied to the topic A Father's Doubts in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Oh, that scene in the car as they were leaving Kiewarra, and Aaron’s father stops to car to ask him if he killed Ellie, broke my heart. So emotionally damaging. and then for Aaron to ask his father the same thing. The fact that they never really resolved that tension/conflict was hard. I loved Luke’s parents for their loyalty to their son…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Jackie Davis replied to the topic Breadcrumbs (Spoilers) in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    For a few chapters I was terrified that Gretchen was going to turn out to be the killer – of Ellie & Luke & his family. I was glad that wasn’t the case. Scott did surprise me because I could never remember who he really was – I was listening to this on CD and every time his last name was mentioned I had to remember who he was. That should have…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Jackie Davis replied to the topic The Title in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    I agree. The title helped to set the mood. I never lost sight of the drought conditions but it wasn’t too “in your face”. The descriptions at the end about fire and how it spreads and consumes everything were fantastic. That whole section gave me chills. The scene where Aaron finds the “river” and finds it empty were well done. It would be…[Read more]

  • I really enjoyed this book and was sad when it ended. I’ll have to pick up the next book in the series. I felt for Aaron – having to go back to a place that caused him so much pain and deal with the people and situations there. and then we find out what happened to Ellie but he doesn’t. Oh, that was cruel.

  • [FORUM] Mary Thorpe replied to the topic The Alternate Ending Game in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 7 months, 1 week ago

    I am surprised that Luke would have stopped in the middle of nowhere to pick up the man he knew his wife was troubled about embezzling, enough so to prepare to call an investigator. A day had passed since Karen had met with Whitman in the office. Surely she had mentioned the meeting that night with Luke. Karen was concerned enough not to allow…[Read more]

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