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] Ginger replied to the topic If you liked The Dry, you might also like… in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month ago

    I kept thinking The Blinds reminded me of something while I was reading it. It wasn’t quite the Cormac McCarthy feel that BOTM sold it to me as (bold claim), but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Just now, reading Force of Nature, I realize that while the tone and characters are quite different, the feel is very The Dry — hot and suspenseful. It…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Cheryl replied to the topic Good vs. Bad in The Dry in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month, 1 week ago

    The principal’s inner thoughts of desperation & justification might prove the most memorable thing for me about this book. I was told once that crimes are only committed out of opportunity (no opportunity = no crime). I would add that they also come from a reactionary &/or desperate place and are rationalized. My most trusted business associate…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Cheryl replied to the topic What's your rating for The Dry? in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month, 1 week ago

    Very tardy to the dance here, but my thoughts tag-on to so many here that I’ll share for current/future readers…
    – a decent debut (3.5 stars), not a home run, but she effectively juggled 2 cases for her first time out of the gate, which was commendable.
    – her characters & drama & scenery were SO vivid I continued to confuse this with an…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Cheryl replied to the topic The Title in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month, 1 week ago

    A late-comer here who appreciates this thread as I hadn’t given the title much thought. I particularly appreciate @nanettels mention of ‘the dryness of the book.’ Yes, this was a dry, straightforward read. No fluff or fancy literary prose. It all fits.

  • [FORUM] Cheryl replied to the topic Breadcrumbs (Spoilers) in the forum Group logo of The DryThe Dry 1 month, 1 week ago

    Tuning-in a year late here, fun to read this thread. Thought I’d add that I suspected Scott the Principal from jump but didn’t piece together why. When I turned out right, I’d wished there had been more ‘breadcrumbs’ but seems I may have missed some crumbs! (Thank you @ereiam!)

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