The Dry

After reading Force of Nature I was encouraged by my reading group to read Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry.  My sister also encouraged me to read it as she had thoroughly enjoyed it.

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…

I was able to pick up a copy cheaply at Kmart and I would have read it in a day except I had to leave for Melbourne for our bike ride.  I finished the last few pages when we were in Melbourne.

It was a great read.  One of those books that you don’t want to put down.  I found I enjoyed it much more than Force of Nature as Falk, the character who was doing the investigating, played a far more significant part in this book compared to Force of Nature.

‘One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read…Read it!’ David Baldacci  That is a recommendation to feel proud of.

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