Hey everyone! Today I’m really excited to be taking part in a blog tour for ‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper. I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own and honest.
Published in Hardback by Little, Brown on 12th January 2017
Goodreads rating: 4.18/5
My rating: 3.5/5
“Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well… when Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface…
In this story you’re following Luke, the father of the Hadler family. Quite early in the book you discover that he has died in an apparent murder-suicide, taking his wife and child with him. When Aaron returns to the town he once lived in as a child, a lot of old problems start rearising and his return isn’t taken well in some cases. You find out about a previous incident that involved both Luke and Aaron, and the reason as to why Aaron left the town originally. When Aaron decides he’s not sure about the murder-suicide verdict, he stays and puts his investigative skills to the test. This leads to new discoveries about events both new and old, opens up old wounds and you see how everything seems to connect in the end or how some things may not be what they seem.
As soon as I got it and read the cover, I was gripped. This kind of mystery is something I really enjoy so I jumped right in as soon as I received this in the post. I quite enjoyed this book. The storyline is gripping and you soon discover that one mystery becomes two which then also escalates, it keeps you pulled in.
Where it lost ratings for me is I found some parts of it got quite slow and I found myself forcing through them. At parts, it felt like there wasn’t much happening and we were just following one character walking through the town reminiscing. There is also a huge drought in the town to the extent that animals are dying and crops aren’t surviving, but this lead to so many unanswered questions such as why was the drought only on this particular town? And why were bigger nearby cities not helping out?
All in all, the storyline of this book was good. I did predict the ending, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! I would recommend this to people who are interested in mystery books. Don’t get put off by the slow parts, it does get better and it is worth the read!
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