Title: The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Page numbers: 352
Star rating: 5 stars out of 5
Fantastically written, utterly suspenseful, and worth every bit of the hype. I sped through this novel – I think it took me about 2 or 3 hours total. The secrets and lies within a small town is hardly a new trope, but the way that Jane Harper approaches it and the 2 mysteries at the centre of this incredible story is completely unique. My head swam with the possibilities of what could have happened to the Hadleys, and what could have happened to have kept Aaron Falk away from his home town for so long. The resolution to both these mysteries was stunning.
I’m a city girl at heart – I grew up in suburban Brisbane and have lived next to the ocean my entire life – but I feel like Jane Harper has completely captured the feel, the atmosphere, the very character of small town country Australia and what it’s like to be part of a tiny rural community. I also marvel at her ability to write something that was so suspenseful from the very first sentence. Would that I had one tenth of her talent. I cannot wait to read the next book in the Aaron Falk series and suggest you run to your local bookshop and buy this one immediately.