The Dry
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...

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Book TitleThe Dry
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The Dry Reviews

  • Kimbofo
    Oct 13, 2016


    The Dry, which is set in the fictional country town of Kiewarra in rural Australia — about 500km north-west of Melbourne — is the first by Jane Harper, a British-born journalist now based in Melbourne (she writes for the tabloid newspaper Herald-Sun), and the story itself cou...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Oct 9, 2016

    Liz Barnsley

    Brilliant book. You literally can't put this down once you start. Haunting evocative writing and a Christie-esque mystery with many hidden layers. Loved it.Full review as a "ones to watch in 2017" soon. ...

  • Janine
    Oct 8, 2016


    This was a great book and amazing to think it was the author's first book. Great characters and setting and lots of twists and turns. ...

  • Kirsten
    Oct 5, 2016


    Perfect holiday reading.Not really my usual sort of thing but couldn't resist the hype. A compelling Australian crime novel, set in a drought-ridden farming town. What appears to be a tragic murder suicide is something completely different, Harper's plot twists and turns and the revela...

  • Emma
    Aug 29, 2016


    I know it's way, way too early to review this but damn it's good and I HAVE to say a few words. It's clever in a way that keeps you constantly reevaluating, making guesses, searching each line for clues. This is not a passive read, your attention and involvement is demanded from the fi...

  • Michael Livingston
    Aug 29, 2016

    Michael Livingston

    I gulped this down in a couple of days, pulled along by the carefully built suspense and atmospheric writing, impatient for the big reveal. There's something a little formulaic about The Dry - small town murder, troubled cop with painful past, red herrings and plot twists doled out reg...

  • Phrynne
    Aug 19, 2016


    Extremely well written, a good story, likeable characters and sufficient mystery to keep the reader guessing until the end. What more can you ask for?I found it very hard to put down. Very impressive for a debut novel and we can look forward to great things from this author. ...

  • Carolyn
    Aug 19, 2016


    This is an excellent debut novel. Well written with a good tight plot, an interesting bunch of characters in a small Australian town struggling with drought and economic collapse. The novel opens with the presumed suicide of Luke Hadler after first shooting his wife Karen and son Billy...

  • MaryG2E
    Aug 19, 2016


    AFP officer Aaron Falk returns to his former home town to attend the funeral of his best mate, Luke Hadler. It appears that Luke killed his wife and son before turning the gun on himself, and locals are blaming the despair and financial strain of the severe drought afflicting the area ...

  • Lisa
    Aug 16, 2016


    I enjoy a good thriller but don't read them very often. This is a fantastic thriller by a debut Australian author. Famous thriller authors highly recommend it. I really liked it.Federal police investigator Aaron Falk returns to his hometown twenty years after he left in a hurry. He's c...