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.
Right now I'm sitting and waiting for the coffee to be ready so that I can write a really good review. Or rather so that I can write a review with proper sentences because I'm struggling to start this review in a perfect way. Not that there is anything wrong with the book, on the contrary, it's more how can I describe this book in a good way so that everyone will know how great the book is.
Let's see, now I have coffee, hope it will work its magic on me. The Dry is the kind of books that instantly looks intriguing, from the great cover to the intriguing description of the book. And, I have as far as I know, never read a thriller set in Australia before, which was a wonderful change. And add the drought which makes everyone a little bit on the edge in this story.
A whole family is murdered and all the evidence points to the father killing them and then himself. But, is the case really so cut and dried? Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the first time since he and his father was practically driven out of the town. He is there to see his old childhood friend Luke be laid to rest together with his wife and son. He can't understand what could drive Luke to kill hos own family. And, when he is asked by Lukes father and mother to look into the case does he so and while investigates the case does he also realize that the people living in the town have not forgotten or forgiven him for what they think he did all those years ago...
The Dry is a well-written thriller. The drought brings an extra tension to the story and Finn faces a lot of difficulties when he is trying to find out the truth about the murders. I was surprised towards the end of the book when Finn starts to realize what's going on because I really did not anticipate the turn it the story. This book was really great and I recommend it warmly!
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!