The Dry: A Novel by Jane HarperThe Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper

The Dry: A Novel

byJane Harper

Paperback | January 2, 2018

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"A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up.You'll love [her] sleight of hand.A secret on every page." -The New York Times

"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read. Every word is near perfect." -David Baldacci

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for 13 years both in Australia and the UK. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008, where she lives in Melbourne. The Dry, her debut novel, was an international bestseller. Force of Nature is her second internationally bestselling novel featuring Aaron Falk.
Title:The Dry: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.16 × 5.6 × 0.95 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250105625

ISBN - 13:9781250105622

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from The title tells you how boring it is I don't know how this won all these apparent awards. This book is as dry as the title implies. I had to know what happened, but didn't appreciate the forced cliff hanger chapter endings. Reminded me of watching a terrible soap opera.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mystery! The Dry is a really great mystery! The small town setting and host of characters keep you guessing until the end. The past and present mysteries are woven together nicely. I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from just finished it, couldn't put it down This is a great thriller that had me guessing all the way to the end! You will not be able to put this down!
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suffocating Beautiful atmospheric book that smothers you under the weight of small town Australia.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good i like it! slow at first but the pace picks up and becomes really good!!
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite One of the best books I have read this year. Easy to get into and hard to put down. Recommended
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This is such a great book! I though it was a stand-alone, but reviewing it, I just saw that Goodreads mark it has Aaron Flak #1, so we probably will see more of this men. This is a good thing because he was a very interesting main character, deep, and avoiding marvelously all the clichés. The story will grip you to your chair, not that it's really fast paced, but there is always something new, something happening, no time-out in this one. I really loved those crime/thriller about little village where everyone has secrets, and some knows bit of some and... and Jane Harper masters that genre at a very high level for a first novel. There is also the drought and Australia, those two are mostly characters, there are so present and really bring something to the story. Sometimes an author place the story in a city, and it's okay because it have to be somewhere, but it could have been anywhere and it won't have change a thing, this is not the case here, the environment is very important and present in the story. Last point, I enjoy it when an author add random, but interesting facts, about a place, science, or anything, so you can learn stuff even if you read fiction, and in this book , I learn that Australia have a very big problems of rabbits populations, but a very big problems. Didn't know that. So I think you saw it coming a big big discovery here, a book I recommend without any doubt and an author I will follow closely!!
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Mystery #plumreview A fantastic mystery... I have ordered Force of Nature and can't wait to get my hands on it. Enjoy this page turner
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read A thrilling plot that will keep you turning the pages until the very end!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, layered mystery I wasn't too sure about this book when I grabbed it in store, but loved it. Great layered read, with lots of great developed characters and left me constantly trying to figure out who had done it. The book is set in a small Australian farmer town during a drought, where the main character Aaron Falk returns home for his childhood friend's funeral. From there the mystery of what happened now and what happened before with childhood friend Ellie begins to unfold.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PHENOMENAL This book has nothing but amazing reviews and it deserves EVERY SINGLE ONE. A perfect mix of crime, mystery and character drama - set against a unique landscape which becomes as much a part of the story as the people themselves. This is truly un-put-downable. Aaron Falk is drawn back to a hometown that he ran from decades before - drawn back only by the complex deaths of his childhood best friend, Luke, and Luke's family. Falk finds himself drawn into investigating the deaths at the bequest of Luke's parents, and realizing that the small town full of secrets he was once part of hasn't changed much at all. Jane Harper is absolute magic at writing complex and multi dimensional characters that allow you to become fully invested in the story. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this and cannot wait to jump into the rest of Jane's work, while I await the next Aaron Falk book. 5 very solid stars.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Dry Wonderful mystery read, loaded with red herrings. Could not see that culprit coming!
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good I liked the story and characters, i hope we see Raco again!! it'll be interesting to see if Gretchen pops up again and i really like to see more of Aaron development.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I liked the story and characters, i hope we see Raco again!! it'll be interesting to see if Gretchen pops up again and i really like to see more of Aaron development.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This was a great and easy read. Never wanted to put this down. Read as part of a bookclub and the unanimous decision was that we all really liked this book and author
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent read great mistery not predictable at all which I loved great plot
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting setting, decent storyline I found this novel lacked a bit of thrill, but it was written well, and the plot line was interesting. The story unfolded quite slowly, but it was unique enough to be worth the read.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Dry I bought this book because of all the buzz around it. Unfortunately I just couldn't get into it. Some parts were interesting, but I felt that the author was rambling throughout the whole book. The story line had so much potential to be a really great read. I had to force myself to finish it. Not what I was expecting at all and still debating whether or not I'll even bother trying to read the next one in the series.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! A classic thriller! Loved the twist and all the characters.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lo So wonderful. Totally lived this book. Can’t wait to read again!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is definitely a recommended read for mystery lovers. I was looking for a good mystery to read to fill the Tana French void, now that I’ve read and loved all of her Dublin Murder Squad series. I’d heard very good things about The Dry, so I decided to pick it up and check it out. This was really good! I loved the way the mystery was connected to a mystery in the past, and even if I thought I had it figured out, it was still a tense, suspensful, twisty story. I also love reading mysteries set outside of North America, and the drought gave everything an extra air of menace. Apparently the second book in this series is coming out in early 2018 and I’m very excited to read it! This is definitely a recommended read for mystery lovers.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a great read! So happy I read this book....4.5*. Enjoyed it so much that I just ordered Force of Nature. This book had twists, great character development, the setting. Everything!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious It makes you think: Is he really the killer? You will have to read the book to decide.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! What a suspense! This book is definitely a must read! I would totally recommend!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An atmospheric, suspenseful novel 4-1/2 stars for this excellent thriller. A debut that stands among other worthy books. Tangled web of love, abuse, lies, and grief. Looking forward to Harper's new book, Force of Nature. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hot Hot Heat Twenty years ago Aaron Falk was accused of murder. Now for the first time in decades he’s back in his hometown, and there to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke, who was his alibi for that night.This police procedural has a slow and steady pace, it’s not your typical whirlwind thriller. The setting, the atmosphere, really came alive. I thought it was very good right until the very end, when we find out if it was Luke who really did kill his family. It just doesn't quite make sense. The most gripping, suspenseful part of the book was when he stuck his hand into a hidden hole in a tree. Not in the Australian country side you don’t!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller Currently on a thriller binge and this one did not disappoint! I don't read that many books set in Australia so that was an interesting part of the book as well.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book - the setting, the pace and the characters. So pleased that it is the 1st of a series.
Date published: 2017-08-08

Editorial Reviews

"Ms. Harper is not one to drop a fact...without using it later. She has jampacked her swift debut thriller with sneaky moves that the reader has to track with care. It's hard to believe this is her first novel. The Dry is a breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up...."-The New York Times, Janet Maslin"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read. I could feel the searing heat of the Australia setting. Every word is near perfect. The story builds like a wave seeking the purchase of earth before it crashes down and wipes out everything you might have thought about this enthralling tale. Read it!" -David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guilty"Leads down a convoluted page-turning trail to an explosive ending. It will have you wearing out the pages flipping back looking for the well-disguised clues. You may find this is the best mystery you have read all year." -Florida Times-Union"A stunner.It's a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending.Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of "bromance" into their hard-boiled tales."-Booklist, starred review"Devastating debut.a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"A nail-biting thriller.A chilling story set under a blistering sun, this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime."-Kirkus, starred review"The Dry is one of the most talked-about debuts of the new year....Harper's story is tightly plotted and moves briskly, the tension as brittle and incendiary as the dried-out crops on the Kiewarra farms. But it is the beautifully evoked landscape and the portrayal of a gloomy outpost on the edge of a desert that are the stars of the show."-BookPage"A thrilling procedural that pays off on every level."-Shelf Awareness"Harper writes with precision and creates a tense atmosphere on the brink of combustion."-Real Simple "With The Dry, Jane Harper immediately takes her place among the elites in the mystery world. If this book doesn't garner an Edgar (Best First Novel) or two (Best Novel), there is no justice. Terrific characters, unique and evocative setting, knockout plot construction. This book has it all." -John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Fall"It's extremely rare and exciting to read a debut that enthralls from the very first page and then absolutely sticks the landing. Told with heart and guts and an authentic sense of place that simply cannot be faked, The Dry is the debut of the year."-C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Off The Grid"Every so often a debut novel arrives that is so tightly woven and compelling it seems the work of a novelist in her prime. That's what Jane Harper has given us with The Dry, a story so true to setting and tone it seemed I fell asleep in Virginia only to wake in Australian heat. It's rare, that sense of transportation, and I loved every minute of it. Thank you, Jane Harper."-John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road"From the first paragraph onward, Jane Harper creates a menacing landscape out of which long-held secrets emerge. The Dry is a marvelous novel that once begun is hard to put down, once finished even harder to forget." -Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena"You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country."-Michael Robotham, New York Times bestselling author of Life or Death"Elegant.After two decades away, a federal agent returns to the small farming community he grew up in. The old crime still looms, but he gets roped into solving a new one. You won't sleep until he does."-Redbook"A winner destined for widespread appeal.a beautifully constructed, chilling page turner that you won't soon forget. It's a multilayered, stiletto sharp read.that packs a punch as blistering as the Australian sun it's set under." -Open Letters Monthly"Fans of Tana French or Laura McHugh won't want to miss this tense but probing thriller."-BookPage"Every now and then an Australian crime novel comes along to stop your breath and haunt your dreams.There is about The Dry something mythic and valiant. This a story about heroism, the sins of the past, and the struggle to atone." -Sydney Morning Herald"Poised to be one of the season's biggest hits.", The 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017"Told with heart-breaking precision and emotional power...If you read only one crime novel this year, make it this one."-Daily Mail"A razor-sharp crime yarn dripping in the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian bush.The storytelling is accomplished, with a bald sparseness to the writing that draws you in and characterization that rings resoundingly the action twists and turns, the pace build[s] to a fantastic finale that will leave you breathless."-Australian Women's Weekly"A tightly plotted page-turner that kept me reading well into the night.Harper shines a light on the highs and lows of rural life - the loyalty born of collective endurance in adversity, as well as the loneliness and isolation, and the havoc wrought by small-town gossip. She also explores the nature of guilt and regret, and the impact of the past on the present. In this cracker of a book Harper maintains the suspense, with the momentum picking up as it draws to its nerve-wracking conclusion."-Australian Financial Review"The Dry is a page-turner written with a maturity of style rarely seen in a first-time novelist and it's here the writer excels. Harper's exploration of the pressures of a small town where people are not able to escape the past is thoughtful and mature. Her plot twists and layering are intricate and subtle and keep you guessing to the end while the townspeople grow on you despite their dirty secrets."-The West Australian