The Dry by Jane Harper
Published 12th January 2017 by Little, Brown
IN A TOWN WITHOUT RAIN.
SOME SECRETS ARE NEVER WASHED AWAY.
'You know, I look at Luke Hadler and on the surface he had it all - great wife, two kids, decent enough farm, respect in his community. Why would a man like that turn around one day and destroy his family? It makes no sense. I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that.'
Falk rubbed a hand over his mouth and chin. It felt gritty. He needed a shave.
Luke lied. You lied.
'Raco,' he said. 'There's something about Luke you need to know.'
Little, Brown's lead debut for 2017
Australia is in the grip of its worst drought in a century, and it hasn't rained in the small country town of Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
Policeman Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past bubble to the surface as he investigates the truth of his friend's crime.
The Dry - A town without rain could ignite more than just a spark of trouble.
I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of this blog tour, organised by the wonderful Grace Vincent and that I get a chance to shout about this haunting crime novel that is like a ticking time-bomb for the hidden secrets of Kiewarra.
It's not often that I venture into crime fiction, but this sounded like a novel that I just HAD to read and it was totally worth it. Every second I spent reading this book was spent devouring everything about it. The setting. The characters. The secrets. The deceit.
Falk has returned to the small town of Kiewarra for the funeral of Luke, Karen and Billy Hadler - two murders and a suicide. On the surface it seems legit but with their daughter Charlotte Hadler being left an orphan, is everything really as black and white as it seems? With Gerry Hadler implying that he knows something isn't right and Barb Hadler asking whether finances were the cause of the problem, Falk is unwillingly drawn into the depths of the investigation.
With rumours still very much alight about Falk in regards to what happened with Ellie Deacon after his return to Kiewearra and the residents keeping quiet about the Hadler family, Falk finds it difficult to not let the past sway his judgement about the case at hand. When the truth finally came to light, my heart broke. I just couldn't imagine such an outcome for Ellie or the Hadler family. Love, fear and secrets can do so much to people and the issues that Jane tackles throughout the book are so well written, you could believe that it's more than just fiction.
Jane Harper has created a thrilling crime novel that transports you to the Australian town of Kiewarra and into the midst of tensions running high between past and present intertwining. For in a small town, secrets and lies aren't forgotten and it can take a small spark to burn through everything you've ever known. Sometimes, all it takes is a different and unbiased perspective, along with a united force to break through the illusion that has been set in order to uncover the truth.
Working alongside Raco on the dusty trail of the Hadlers' death, and reflecting on his own past - raises a lot of questions about what really happened the night Ellie died, and who was really responsible for the Hadler family's death, Can Falk and Raco uncover the truth behind the deaths in time before everything crashes and burns?
About the author:
Jane Harper has worked as a print publicist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. Jane is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008. The Dry is her first novel.
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Jane Harper has written a debut that will keep you reading long into the night and keep you guessing about the secrets and lies which could cause the tempers of Kiewarra's residents to explode.