The Dry by Jane Harper
I’ve read all three of her books now and loved them but I think this just edges it as my favourite.
WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?
I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that.
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
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.
Book Review Huh?
Okay then please answer the following questions:
What did you like about it?
Its so readable. Once you get into the skin of the characters you are hooked. Its so authentically written and its set in the outback of Australia where the temperature is really, really hot. I was reading this during the summer months and sweated even more as she described it all so clearly.
The story has many twists n turns and i lost count of how many times i tried to guess the ending but without any success.
Anything to dislike?
It is a very slow beginning as indeed are all of Jane Harpers books but stick with it because once it fires up the engine just doesn’t cool down.
Aaron Falk is so lovely he is the main character in the first two books and i really missed him not being in the third book at all (gasps) He is shown as being flawed, we’re not given a perfect human being but he has such lovely qualities its hard not to like him regardless.
Quite a few but I cant say without giving too much away. However i guess we have to have the bad ones to make the good ones stand out more.
Did you learn anything?
I learnt never to go to this part of Australia as I cannot tolerate heat in my own country and would probably be dead in a week.
I also learnt that i will never make a detective coz i am rubbish at picking up clues and solving mysteries.
The ending is wonderful and i never saw it coming and all through the book there is a (for me anyway) kind of red herring which never arrived but just waiting for it was so gripping.
All the feels or lacking emotion?
Not a lot of feels because its not that kind of book but like I said, Aaron Falk is so great and I felt for him on more than one occasion. Otherwise the rest of the characters are a bit on the non emotional side.
Would you recommend this to someone?
Yes absolutely i would, in fact i recommended all three of Jane Harpers books to my sister in law who bought and read them in three weeks flat.