The Dry

The Dry

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 01/06/2017
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The Dry
"This, unquestionably, was a million horrific miles from the best of times.”
I don't read many thrillers - give me a book filled with spaceships or dragons any day! - but I picked up The Dry after a colleague finished it in one sitt... READ MORE
Leana at Hemel Hempstead
The Dry
Australian crime could be the new Scandi Noir
Every so often a book comes along that everyone talks about, but it tends to end up a bit of a love it/hate it situation. With The Dry, I'm yet to find som... READ MORE
Cat at York
The Dry
The perfect mix of psychological thriller and police procedural
I was astounded at the brilliance of The Dry. I wasn't sure it was going to be the book for me- I'm a huge crime and thriller fan, but I have never read an... READ MORE
Cat at York
The Dry
An excellent thriller to read in one sitting.
I loved this book as it has so many twists and turns. Based in a small Australian town which has had no rain for 2 years Jane Harper has managed to make yo... READ MORE
Sally Boocock
The Dry
One of my favourite books of 2017
The Dry is a really exciting thriller. The intriguing whodunit keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Set in a small dying, drought-ridden Australian Aa... READ MORE
Sasha James
The Dry
The perfect crime novel - atmospheric and utterly engaging
An absolute tour de force from Harper - I devoured this book in just two hours, neglecting everything so I could race through it to the end. From the dry, ... READ MORE
Laura at Wakefield
The Dry
Riveting!
Now let me admit, I rarely pick up a 'thriller' and wasn't expecting this to be my cup of tea at all! However, with a week off work and not a cloud in the ... READ MORE
Ali, Bookseller at Chichester
The Dry
An atmospheric thriller
I really enjoyed this novel. It is atmospheric, setting the small Australian town up perfectly, and is thoroughly gripping with characters you'll care abou... READ MORE
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Synopsis

It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate. To them there was little difference between a carcass and a corpse. Who really killed the Hadler family? In the small town of Kiewarra, it hasn’t rained for two years. Swept up in the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, the town crackles with seething malice and unvoiced grudges. Tensions in the community are at breaking point when three members of the Hadler family are suddenly brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty, but is he just an easy scapegoat? Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime. The Dry is a descent into a flyblown, small-town Australia with the plot escalating in an ever more dizzying series of twists and revelations as we are edged ever nearer to the truth of what actually elapsed.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349142111
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 298g
  • Dimensions: 200 x 133 x 28 mm

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The Dry
Fantastic
I loved this book, cannot recommend it highly enough. The characters are well drawn and the landscape is so real you can feel it. Read this, you won't regr... READ MORE
Sammysam
The Dry
Absorbing thriller
An absorbing thriller that burns slowly making you question everyone concerned's motives. A nice plot twist reveals an unexpected culprit and the reasons ... READ MORE
Maria Yadegar
The Dry
The Dry
I absolutely loved this book. An astonishing portrayal of how hard life must be in the Outback plus a great plot - denouement was a complete shock which i... READ MORE
Catriona Roberts
The Dry
Buy this book !
Loved this book. It was such an easy read, well-constructed and kept me guessing. I didn't want it to end. Recommended it to friends and family who have al... READ MORE
Wendy Woolaway
The Dry
What a Twist!
Love this book and the twists and turns it takes you on. One of the best I have read this year.
Billie Pock
The Dry
Set in Kiewerra (Victoria) - this is rural mystery at its best
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 a... READ MORE
TheBookTrail
The Dry
Would definitely recommend
A good thriller. Would definitely recommend this book.
Katie Jones
The Dry
Wonderfully Different
This is a wonderfully written book. The story line takes several twists to the reader intrigued.
Billie Pock
The Dry
Thriller of the Year
Tensions are at a high when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered, leaving it up to one man to figure out what actually happened. Suspen... READ MORE
Hannah Batchford
The Dry
Gripping, evocative, fulfilling who-done-it..
Rural Victoria...second only to rural South Australia for creepy killings.
Fiona Gray
The Dry
Brilliant read
Absolutely loved this first novel by a very talented author. So many twists and turns. Very interesting characters and a very clever storyline.
Gillian Pearce
The Dry
You just ever be sure what people are really like!
Good small town thriller...excellent pace Two murdered, one commits suicide... The plot takes us on many twists and turns into the characters current and p... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Dry
Brilliant
This was an excellent and gripping story. A real page-turner. Nicely written and summoning a real understanding of life in a small outback town in Australi... READ MORE
Peterj45
The Dry
An accomplished debut novel.
What an amazing debut novel - I was engrossed in this evocative story-telling from the opening sentence and could feel the heat, tension and paranoia in a ... READ MORE
Linda Hepworth
The Dry
Set in Victoria (fictional Kiewarra) - a mystery and so much more
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 a... READ MORE
TheBookTrail
The Dry
Enjoyable first novel
For much of the book this was an excellent read as both a thriller and a commentary on the way of life in that part of Australia where the story was set. T... READ MORE
Antony Clark
The Dry
Must read!
Set in a farming village in Australia, Harper does a brilliant job of setting an eerie scene. Jumping between two tragedies, the Dry studies the lives of t... READ MORE
Leah  Gandy
The Dry
Murder and deadly secrets in the Australian outback
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 a... READ MORE
TheBookTrail
The Dry
Superb
Just loved it. Well written and kept you guessing. Looking forward to reading Harper’s next novel
Sarah Millington
The Dry
Addictive!
Loved every page of it! Thrilling, gripping and remarcable. I couldn't put the book down which proves it as I read it in just 4 days! It really is breathta... READ MORE
Angela W
The Dry
Evocative family drama set in the hot Australian outback
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 a... READ MORE
TheBookTrail
The Dry
So unexpected!
I loved this book, nothing was what it seemed and no matter how much you try to guess what happened to the Hadlers you never will. Despite enjoying the p... READ MORE
Rachael Leacy
The Dry
Jane Harper
Very well written, kept up the suspense until the end. Will certainly keep an eye open for the next novel by Jane Harper.
kathleen geen
The Dry
No wonder this book won an award
I have now read all three of Jane Harper's books out of sequence, I read the last first then I read the other two in order. Don't do what I did there is a ... READ MORE
Otter
The Dry
The Dry
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. You can feel the heat of the outback and I didn't guess "who done it?". Well worth reading. Excellent!
Sandra Houghton
The Dry
Why didn't I read this sooner? . . . fabulous!!
When the bodies of three members of the same family are discovered brutally murdered, tensions run high in the drought-stricken rural community of Kiewarra... READ MORE
Barnsey's Books
The Dry
Excellent
I read this after watching the film and so knew what was coming, but still enjoyed this slice of outback life. i loved the way the two stories intwertwined... READ MORE
Mrs E. Jones
The Dry
Such an excellent read
I thoroughly enjoyed The Dry, couldn't put the book down, just had to find out what happened to the family in the story. Ending was a surprise, kept me gue... READ MORE
Trischian Livie
The Dry
Brilliant crime novel!!! Love little outback towns!
The Dry by Jane Harper "To look out and see not another soul between you and the horizon could be a strange and disturbing sight." G'day, so this i... READ MORE
Mirandapandareads
The Dry
Amazing
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, who appears to have murdered his family before kill... READ MORE
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