The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry a novel by Jane HarperWell we’re on a roll with debut authors this summer with another outstanding mystery/suspense selection set in the land Down Under.  “Immerse” yourself in another summer drought story (see The Summer that Melted Everything) set in the small town of Kiewarra, where two crimes play out.  One from the past, a young girl drowned in the river, and in the present, a family of three shot dead on their farm.

Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funeral of his best friend, Luke, Luke’s wife and their young son.  Was it a straight forward murder-suicide, or something else?  Dogging his heels are whispers surrounding his involvement in the death of his friend and classmate, Ellie Deacon, over twenty years ago.  Aaron, now a federal agent in Melbourne with the financial crimes unit, agrees to stay at the request of Luke’s parents, and follow the money trail in an attempt to unravel what happened. Working with local sergeant Greg Raco, Aaron sets out to clear his friend’s name and possibly his own.

I listened to this audiobook, narrated by Steve Shanahan whose Australian lilt is easy on the ears.  The story does have flashbacks woven throughout, italicized in the print copy, giving it an advantage over the audio.  The flashbacks slowly reveal the truth behind each mystery and both are resolved to satisfaction.  A No. 1 bestseller in Australia, The Dry has already been optioned for film.  It’s Book 1 in the Aaron Falk series with the second installment, Force of Nature, scheduled to release in February of 2018.  A nice crossover for Liane Moriarty fans.   


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