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

October 30, 2018 Book review 4 ★★★★★

All I can say is if you want a great read, go ask the folks on Between My Lines Facebook Page. They recommended The Dry by Jane Harper, and it’s one scorching read.  Thanks guys, you know good books.

Book Review: The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane HarperThe Dry by Jane Harper
Published by Little, Brown on May 31, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing 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 in bleed into new ones.

addictive BOOKLOVE CRIME Murder Mystery Page-Turner

First Line of The Dry by Jane Harper

It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate

My Thoughts on The Dry by Jane Harper

The first thing that hit me was how atmospheric this was. The Australian small town feel oozed from the page. Due to the blistering heat, and an ongoing drought the town was tense, and when a triple murder occurred, the subsequent bad feeling burned everyone and anyone.

The pace zipped along nicely, but not at the expense of character development. I was thoroughly engaged, entertained and perplexed trying to figure it all out. I always know when I’m thinking about the characters when I’m not reading, that it’s a cracking book.

And now I’ve one hell of a book hangover. So I’m going for a hair of the dog cure, and moving straight on to her second book – Forces of Nature.

I’m calling it a cure, but it’ll possibly be another binge session!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read The Dry by Jane Harper

If you love police procedurals, and great characters, then don’t miss this one.  Also highly recommended to fans of Tana French, Sarah Bailey and Jo Spain.

Talk to Trish: Have you read this book?  Were you as wowed as I was?  Or do you plan to read it?


About Jane Harper

Jane Harper is the author of international bestsellers The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man. Her books are published in more than 35 territories worldwide.

Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year. Film rights for The Dry  have been acquired by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.

Jane 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 Timesin 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 now lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter.


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4 Responses to “Book Review: The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper”

  1. Angela

    My sister absolutely loved this one, and she recommended it to me. I really enjoyed it, too! Definitely a good slow-burn mystery with an ending I didn’t see coming.
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