The Dry by Jane Harper


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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…


In my personal opinion, if this isn’t a 5-star read, then I don’t know what is. Impeccable.

Atmospheric and beautifully written, this is part police procedural, part thriller/murder mystery. It opens with a bang and will have you glued until the very last page. This is one of those books that you will find yourself trying to sneak in pages here and there, whenever you have a single spare moment, because you will want to know how it ends. Absolutely unputdownable, I finished this in 24 hours and I had limited reading time (read: I stayed up way too late to finish this baby!).

I have zero complaints. Zero. If I had to choose something negative to say, I will say that the subject matter was difficult to read at times, however the violence wasn’t graphic or gratuitous, it was mostly implied.

Just for the record, my vote is for Tom Hiddleston for the role of Falk in the film adaptation😉

Absolutely recommend.

5 out of 5 stars.


  1. J e w e l s · July 30, 2017

    Wow! sounds great! I keep saying, next I’m reading The Dry……..really gotta get to it soon!


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