Book Title: The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Series: Aaron Falk #1
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown
Released?: January 12th, 2017
I read this in book format.
I received this book from the wonderful publishers, Little, Brown and I was intrigued. The synopsis was something unique to me as a reader and something that I rarely read.
Set in Australia, The Dry follows the story of Federal Agent Aaron Falk who, after hearing of the murder suicide involving his childhood best friend, Luke and his family, returns to the small town he used to call home when he receives a note from Luke’s Father, demanding he attend the funeral. Aaron questions what really happened to the Hadler family, uprooting old secrets and mysteries along the way.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adored this story. And I’m not just saying that.
The characters were strong and brilliant, each with their own back stories and secrets. The main character, Aaron Falk, was someone that I genuinely cared for as the story progressed. I was glad that, although he had secrets and problems of his own, they were not really the main focus of this story. There were no drinking problems, character death griefs or PTSD for this character to deal with which was refreshing to read about. Aaron focused on the job at hand and that, to me, was good.
I adored this book as soon as I’d completed the first chapter. I was hooked. I raced through chapters like I was an Olympian on the hunt for a gold medal but I truly astounded myself by reading, and completing, the book in one sitting.
The story flowed wonderfully and you truly felt empathy for most of the characters we learn about. My heart ached as I read the harrowing flashbacks and the final chapter had me trying to swallow the lump in my throat as the scene played out in my mind.
The ending was extremely clever and the fact there were subtle clues throughout was important to me. I love when you realise the answer has been under your nose for the entire time but you didn’t even notice. I had lots of theories throughout and even had moments of whispering to myself, ‘I knew it!’ before suddenly realising that I was, in fact incorrect and the story had made yet another incredible twist and turn.
I closed the book and I sighed. I sighed for characters that were not even real! That is how good this book is. I felt that I knew these people and I lived in the small town of Kiewarra with them.
Trust me when I tell you that this book is really something. You’ll be instantly grabbed and you will not want to put it down once you’ve begun it.
A huge thank you to Little, Brown for allowing me to read this proof. It’s one I will be recommending for a long, long time to come.