The Dry by Jane Harper 

Entering week two of a horrendous cold… which means tea, reading, and lots of junk food.
I’ve picked up speed on my TBR, which is good because those books were starting to glare at me. One of the books I finished this week was The Dry, which was kindly sent to me by Little Brown.  

From the blurb:

Australia is in the grip of its worst drought in a century, and it hasn’t rained in the small country town of 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 his home town 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 bubble to the surface as he investigates the truth of his friend’s crime.

The Dry is a story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice, played out against the blistering extremes of life in a ravaged land.

This is a really compelling crime thriller, set in a drought stricken town in Australia. The Hadler family have been killed in a horrific murder-suicide that has shaken the small community. Aaron Falk was driven from the town 20 years ago when his girlfriend Ellie drowned in an apparent suicide, but everyone blamed him for her death. 

After the police rule that Luke Hadler killed his wife and child before turning the gun on himself, his parents get in touch with Falk, now a federal agent. Aaron still has questions about what happened to Ellie all those years ago, and doesn’t know what to think about this latest tragedy. Who really killed the Hadler family?

This novel was compelling, horrific but also grounded in reality. The reactions from the local community, exasperated by the drought, escalates to a step below lynch mob. It’s truly horrifying, not just your run-of-the-mill crime thriller. 

Let me know which thrillers you will be picking up this summer in the comments below.


Stephani Xxx


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