The Dry by Jane Harper

I wish I’d picked up The Dry sooner! It has so many great reviews and it didn’t disappoint. It was definitely a great pick for January to start the year off 🙂
Here in New Zealand, we’ve had such a hot summer, with temperatures hitting record high’s, so reading The Dry felt really fitting. While it is a great summer read it would be a great winter one too when you’re dreaming of the sun…


Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. The rural community of Kiewarra is facing desperate choices daily. If one of their number broke under the strain, well, there but for the grace of God…

But as questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and childhood friend Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones.

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


My initial thoughts were that it was ok. However, the more I think about it the more I did really enjoy this book. Though the twist isn’t especially groundbreaking, the way it’s put together is wonderfully written.

I like her style and the characters were easy to identify with. It was easy to picture the small town and the lives affected by the drought. The main character has enough backstory and he can definitely carry a series on his own.

I enjoyed the way she explored the theme guilty until proven innocent. It echoes from Ellie Deacon’s death in the past to Luke Hadler accused in the present. I also enjoyed not feeling the need to try and work out who the killer was. The story unfolds naturally and the case was wrapped up – though it may have been a little too neatly for some. I do so love backstory which was portrayed very well.

I’m definitely looking forward to reading what she puts out next!

Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
What did you think of the killer and their motive? Are you looking forward to another novel featuring Aaron?
If you liked The Dry check out my review of The Broken Girls which was another great thriller this year!
Happy Reading!

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