THE DRY by Jane Harper

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This is a thriller that is garnering a lot of attention and tons of starred reviews, and I did enjoy reading it. But I did keep putting it down, so don’t know that I’d give it a starred review myself.

It is set in rural Australia, which felt like it could have been rural North Dakota or some other area I’m not all that familiar with. A small farming town. A drought. And a family murdered in their own home, the father an apparent suicide.

The local sheriff is not comfortable with the scenario that the father did it. Something isn’t sitting right with him. So when Federal Agent Aaron Faulk returns to town for his childhood best friend’s funeral, he ends up staying to help with the investigation.

The story meanders off in several directions. Luke, the suicide and assumed murderer, was Aaron’s alibi when a young girl friend of theirs turned up drowned when they were in high school. A page was found with the name Faulk written on it in her room, making Aaron and his father prime suspects. Nothing was ever proven, but Aaron’s father felt it best to leave town. So that’s one unsolved murder. The family is another.

There are a lot of red herrings and suspicious characters, and the ending was quite suspenseful and a bit of a surprise, all the hallmarks of a good thriller. This is a debut so expect more from this talented author.

1/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE DRY by Jane Harper. Flatiron Books (January 10, 2017). ISBN 978-1250105608. 336p.

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