The Dry

The Dry 4

by Jane Harper

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/02/2017

5/5 Rating 4 Reviews
RRP  $16.99 $14.44

Winner Abia Book of the Year 2017

Who Really Killed the Hadler Family?

It hasn't rained in Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the farming community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are discovered shot to death on their property. Everyone assumes Luke Hadler committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son.

Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funerals and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and his childhood friend Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth ...

"I devoured it in just over 24 hours ... Spellbinding" Ian Rankin

"A breathless pageturner ... A secret on every page" The New York Times

"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... Read it!" David Baldacci

"Devastating debut ... a suspenseful tale of sound and fury" Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A nail-biting thriller ... this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime." Kirkus, starred review

Crime & Mystery
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Jane Harper

Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight. She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, and during that time gained Australian citizenship. Returning to the UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

On graduating, she completed a journalism entry qualification and got her first reporting job as a trainee on the Darlington & Stockton Times in County Durham. Jane worked for several years as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily Mail, before moving back to Australia in 2008. She worked first on the Geelong Advertiser, and in 2011 took up a role with the Herald Sun in Melbourne.

In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition. That inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown Creative online 12-week novel writing course. She was accepted with a submission for the book that would become The Dry. Jane lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter.

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  • Feel the heat and the chill in this one!

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    Never have I felt so chilled and so clammy as I did reading this book – that first chapter will stay with me for some time as it was so immediately vivid and evocative, I could see, hear, smell, taste my surroundings. I even started to itch with those flies! As the landscape opened up and the story unfurled, it was slowly memerising like a piece of plastic thrown on to a fire, it fizzed, twisted into one shape and then took on another, hissing all the while with mystery and intrigue. This was good. Hauntingly good.

    The landscape created and nestled the story in its dark heart. I could see each and every dusty street, feel the anger of the landowners -some were only fleeting characters but as richly drawn as the main ones. There were two sides to this claustrophobic and isolation – both the town itself and that of Falk who returns to the town. Everyone was a stranger to each other in the end but the roots of the past ran deep – I could liken the book to a tree which sits alone in the outback, dying but with the twisted and tangled roots below slowly strangling it – that’s if the heat doesn’t kill it first.

    Such a dark and brooding book, very well paced with a gripping conclusion. The tension was up and down to catch you off guard and it had a kind of mesmering feel to it all – a heat wave of emotions that gripped from the start. A great early read of the year and one that’s definitely going on my best of 2017 list!

  • Great Read

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    Thoroughly good read with a strong plot.
    Would highly recommend.

  • Excellent

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    Perfectly paced and a real page turner.

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