The Dry by Jane Harper

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

Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds himself back in his hometown after a long absence. The small Australian town is the last place Falk ever thought he would see again and one he had no intention of ever going back to. However, the death of his childhood friend, Luke and a note demanding his presence at the funeral leads him to return. It was twenty years prior that he and his father fled to Melbourne after a young Aaron Falk was suspected of murder and Luke had acted as his only alibi. As Falk and a local detective begin to look into Luke’s death, the mysteries of the past resurface, and it becomes clear that there is more to it all than initially believed.

“To look out and see not another soul between you and the horizon could be a strange and disturbing sight.”

The glowing reviews of this book inspired me to pick it up. As a fan of a good mystery/thriller I’m always interested in giving one a try, especially when the reaction to it is so overwhelmingly positive. This also makes me a bit hesitant as I don’t always understand the hype, but luckily that was not the case here. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and simply could not put it down. The Dry is well-written, suspenseful, and kept me guessing throughout. The author really brought the farm town setting to life, along with the heat and dryness of the place that led to an unbearable drought. The mysteries of both past and present are intriguing, and while I can’t say I was really shocked or surprised by either outcome, I was completely on board for the journey and found the conclusion satisfying. This is the first book in a series featuring the main character, which I am very excited to follow. The second book Force of Nature is available now.

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