So. Good. I didn’t want to put down Jane Harper’s suspense novel, The Dry, until the mystery was solved. Set in a small town in rural Australia, this chilling whodunit novel follows multiple unexplained deaths spanning 20 years.
Aaron Falk fled from his hometown 20 years ago when Ellie Deacon, one of his close friends, was found dead. The kicker? A note with Falk’s name and the date of her death was in Ellie’s pocket. When Aaron couldn’t provide an explanation, he was pegged as a killer. In response, he avoids the town for years, that is until his childhood best friend, Luke, and his family are found dead. Only then does Aaron finally return. Despite his best efforts to leave, he’s pulled back into this secret-filled town.
The small town setting (where everyone knows everyone else’s business and memories span decades) really contributed to the development of the story. When Aaron returns to the town, it’s experiencing a serious draught, which contributes to the high tensions. Through Harper’s vivid descriptions, I could almost feel the dry air and heat. I mean seriously, I felt like I needed a water bottle while reading.
I was surprised by the ending in a way that only a good mystery novel can evoke. The writing style was interesting as well. For the most part, the book is written in third person from Aaron’s perspective with scene snippets from other characters’ perspectives throughout the last 20 years. I thought this was a great touch because it gave the audience visibility beyond what Aaron was experiencing.
I really enjoyed The Dry and would happily recommend it!
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Enjoyed your review and glad you liked it. I am waiting for my copy from the library and can’t wait to read this story. I haven’t read a bad review yet.
Thank you! I really enjoyed the story (and have heard other good reviews too!) so I hope you can get a copy from the library soon. 🙂
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I also loved this book and agree that it was impossible to put down. I was really surprised by the endings of both mysteries
Sorry about the super delayed response! Both of the mysteries were shockingly good!
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I have it on hold at the library and waiting for it to come in. Good to hear you enjoyed it so much!
I hope you’ve had a chance to read it! 🙂