I’ve been recommending The Dry by Jane Harper to all of my friends this week, especially those friends who share my passion for crime and mystery fiction. This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (right up there with Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad Series). Sometimes it takes me a few chapters to get into a book but with this one captivated me from the first page until the last.
The Dry, Harper's debut novel, is set in a small town in Australia during a horrible drought that takes its toll on the local psyche and economy. Through Harper’s vivid storytelling you can feel the unforgiving heat. Enter Federal Agent Aaron Falk who returns to town after hearing that his childhood best friend, Luke, has been killed along with his wife and young son.
As Falk investigates the murders, Harper alternates between the past and the present. Two mysteries unfold and the story builds so rapidly that you won’t want to put down your book … not even to quench your thirst with a refill on your drink.
Best Paired with a large glass of water (you’ll be thirsty) and a dry martini (you’ll need it).