*Many thanks to Grace at Little Brown UK for my review copy*
I’m one of the stops on The Dry blog tour today and I finally get to share my review with you all!
About the book:
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.
The Dry is out now! Click HERE to get your copy!
About the author:
Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight.
She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, and during that time gained Australian citizenship.
Returning to the UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
On graduating, she completed a journalism entry qualification and got her first reporting job as a trainee on the Darlington & Stockton Times in County Durham.
Jane worked for several years as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily Mail, before moving back to Australia in 2008.
She worked first on the Geelong Advertiser, and in 2011 took up a role with the Herald Sun in Melbourne.
In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue’s annual Fiction Edition.
That inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown Creative online 12-week novel writing course.
She was accepted with a submission for the book that would become The Dry and wrote the first full draft during the three-month course.
Jane lives in St Kilda with her husband.
I had been watching the chat about The Dry with interest on social media, so I was thrilled to find out I was on the blog tour for it.
Set in Kiewarra, Detective Aaron Falk arrives back in his hometown to attend the funeral of his friend Luke Hadler. Luke, his wife and their son Billy were all shot and killed in a murder-suicide by Luke himself. However, upon is arrival home, Falk suspects all is not what it seems.
What follows is a tense read. Falk essentially returned home under a cloud. Exiled from Kiewarra twenty years ago when his childhood friend Ellie was found drowned, the people in the town still hold him responsible. He, along with Luke, were both suspected of having a part to play in her death, but nothing was ever proven and Ellie’s death was pronounced a suicide.
I love nothing more than reading about small town claustrophobia, and you get that and more in The Dry. There is so much going on behind closed doors and twitching curtains. It is this sense of unease that ramps up the tension for the reader. I think the author has done a great job capturing the small -mindedness and tunnel vision of Kiewarra and its inhabitants. Exacerbating this, there is a serious drought and pretty much everyone is on edge in The Dry.
I really enjoyed the dual timeline in The Dry. The reader gets to know Falk past and present, along with many other supporting characters too. It really added to the story to see the past and present versions, giving the reader in insight into how past decisions shaped their futures, for better or worse.
This is definitely not a fast paced read, but it is still worth reading. It is tense, character-rich and with plenty to make the reader keep turning the pages.
I would definitely recommended The Dry!
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