The Dry

The Dry

By: Jane Harper
Published: January 10, 2017

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with Jane Harper

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

  • [FORUM] Mary Thorpe replied to the topic The Alternate Ending Game in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month 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]

  • [FORUM] Mary Thorpe replied to the topic Unanswered questions in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month ago

    Still so sad that a family died, and an abused and abandoned daughter died.

  • [FORUM] Mary Thorpe replied to the topic Unanswered questions in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month ago

    I just feel like the boy is Luke’s but, at this point, Gretchen is sticking to her story, no matter what. Her friendship with Falk never reached the point for her to break free from the secret that had been closely guarded.
    Fun to discuss open endings….and how different conclusions can be.
    How did Gretchen get the money to buy a farm? I may have…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Tricia Leising replied to the topic Unanswered questions in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month ago

    Maybe Im just being naive, but I really didn’t think that Luke was the father of Gretchen’s son. I think after everything that happened Gretchen would have told Luke’s parents that they had another grandchild. I think the photo being taken and placed in the photo album has more to do with Gretchen’s feelings towards Luke than her son’s paternity.…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Mary Thorpe replied to the topic Secrets in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month ago

    I liked the flashbacks, also, and the way they were interspersed.

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