Book Review: The Dry

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Revving up to be this summer’s next beach read, “The Dry” by Jane Harper weaves a mysterious path through the small town of Kiewarra, Victoria in the rural lands of Australia.

Narrator Aaron Falk, now an Australian Federal Police officer, returns to his childhood home for the funeral of Luke Hadler, an old friend. Remnants of his shady past are still stewing in a town filled with an interesting and unforgiving bunch of characters, all easily cast in your mind by your favourite Australian actors (I’m campaigning for Ben Mendelsohn as Malcolm Deacon; possibly Joel Edgerton as Luke Hadler).

Itching to leave almost as soon as he gets there, Aaron is pulled in by puzzling questions surrounding the deaths of the Hadler family which lead to a twisting, red herring (or are they?)-filled mystery. Featuring two whodunnits in one, this cleverly sewn together novel is an engrossing crime thriller that will…

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