Review: The Dry (Aaron Falk 1) by Jane Harper

In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is the dryfacing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones.

  1. The Dry
  2. Force of Nature

And once again I hit the Jackpot with a Thriller!

I got this book as a Christmas present from one of our lovely customers. She read it twice and thought I would enjoy it. And I certainly did!

It’s a good old-fashioned murder mystery taking place in a rural Australian town in Victoria (my state^^). A farmer apparently committed suicide after killing his wife and 6year old son, leaving only his infant daughter behind. For a small farming community this was a huge shock. No one thought Luke Hadler would be capable of committing such a crime. Nerves are on edge though as the area is experiencing a terrible drought and many are desperate.

Aaron Falk, our main character is a police man living and working in Melbourne and Luke Hadler’s best childhood friend. He hasn’t returned to Kiewarra since he left with his father when he was a teenager. Now he’s back though for his late friend’s funeral.

Luke’s parents ask him for help. They don’t believe their son was a murderer. Even though everything looks like it.

Falk doesn’t really think they have a point but he still starts looking into it. And oh boy. Maybe nothing is as it seems! And the crime is not even the only mystery. There is something else that happened in the past and resulted in Aaron leaving the town. Things might be connected?

There’s several things I loved about the book. For once, it takes place in Australia and I was really digging the atmosphere! I can relate… especially with the drought and the horrible weather. They use Aussie slang and everything seems so familiar!

I loved the cast of characters as well – even the minor ones have personalities and the whole community comes to life before our eyes.

I loved how the story developed, how it picked up steam and how Falk and Raco discovered more and more secrets. It really isn’t very obvious! I was sure towards the middle that I knew who’d done it, but I was proven SO wrong!

This book was super entertaining, suspenseful with a great cast of characters and a surprising ending!

I saw there’s a second book as well and it immediately went on my list! The story is a stand alone, so book 2 will deal with a different case.



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