The Dry by Jane Harper


The Dry

Really good 4.5 stars


Not my usual genre – crime thrillers, but found this captivating and ushered me into investigating the murders.   Lol, I had literally accused everyone in the town within the first few chapters!  The plot is good.

It is set in Kiewarra, a hot, desolate, bakingly dry town in the Australian outback.  The description reaveals hot the starkness of hot, empty fields stretching as far as the eye can see is echoed in a community on the very edge!

Faulk (the main protagonist) and Sergeant Raco, are two of the most likeable characters and one feels honoured to be introduced.  Faulk returns to his hometown Kiewarra after being run out of town as a teen, on circulating suspicions about his part in a girls death. His father accompanies him and it is sad to see a middle-aged man leaving behind the land and farm his grandparents built up, to relocate to a city in which he never quite fits in.   Faulk returns to the town as an adult reigned in by a letter he receives from his old best friend’s dad ‘Luke lied. You lied’.  They are burying Luke, his wife, and child…..a suspected murder by Luke who then takes his own life.

All the characters are well rounded and believable.  This is the kind of book I did not want to come to an end; the characters still seeming to continue their lives in Kiewarra and Melbourne even though the chapters remain unwritten.  I am glad to have caught a glimpse of their lives and I recommend this book to all who like crime thrillers.

The opening quote sums up the setting for the story, the bleakness of the landscape, and the crime: ‘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’.

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