The Dry – Jane Harper

“Death rarely changes how we feel about someone. Heightens it, more often than not.” 


“His own naivety taunted him like a flicker of madness.” 


Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret. A secret Falk thought long-buried. A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface.

This is a beautiful written mystery book which soon transported me to Kiewarra, Australia, which is an hour’s drive from Melbourne. A small farming community suffering from a drought, and also from being mired in the past. 

You will like this book if you want something that’s not too taxing, but not too easy your brain cells die. 

Aaron Falk is an interesting character, not only because of his link to the deceased Luke Hadler and the secret they shared, but also for the person he has become since leaving the town twenty years ago.

Not giving away must this is a chilling story and this fine debut will keep you on edge and awake long past bedtime.

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