Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper


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...

My Thoughts:

Be forewarned:  the prologue of this book sucks you in immediately! You will not want to stop reading this book. Jane Harper draws you in immediately to the dry, desolate and brown-ness of the small town of Kiewarra and its’ desperate people. 

     In The Dry just know that you can’t trust anyone. I like the main character, Aaron, but I’m not even sure he can be trusted.  Everyone in Kiewarra has a secret but whose secret is the most dangerous? Would they kill to keep it quiet?  The characters in this small town know everyone’s business or at least think that they do and as in real life, things and people are complicated. 
      I don’t know about anyone else but I had no clue what the conclusion of this story would be until right as it was being revealed.  I don’t usually try too hard to figure things out, but a lot of books make it fairly obvious (to me anyway) and I end up knowing without trying or wanting to figure it out.  I love that in The Dry I was learning and figuring things out right along with Aaron.  This is a dark but very intriguing story and appears to be the first in a series-YAY!  5/5 stars

*This is the first book pick of the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading List-check out the full list here.

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