Title: The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Page Count: 326
Aaron Falk, a federal agent, is invited back to his hometown after twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke Hadler. Aaron was accused of a murder when he was younger and Luke was his alibi. But that didn’t stop Falk’s father from taking him and moving them away. But now Falk is back and him the local detective start investigating more of what happened because not everything seems to be right, even if it was an open and close case. But secrets start to come out as this mystery starts to unravel in the midst of a drought.
I really enjoyed this!! I never guessed the culprit and that’s what I love about these kinds of stories. I love not being able to guess and the story was just so good. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to keep reading. Aaron Falk is such a great detective and he remains to calm, even when I wasn’t. I loved the setting. I could really feel myself in the dry heat of Australia and that’s not really a setting that I see a lot in books.
I will say that I was 99% certain I knew who the culprit was about 80 pages into the story but oh boy… I was totally wrong! And seeing the truth come out of everyone that they questioned was just so great and everything unraveled so well.
For being a debut novel for Jane Harper, I was really blown away. I’m excited to pick up her next book, Force of Nature, which follows Aaron Falk on another mystery. I highly recommend this one!