The Dry by Jane Harper is the book for Pageturners discussion on Wednesday 8th March at 5.30pm at Orange City Library.
When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the Hadler 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 are reopened. 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 …
PRAISE FOR THE DRY:
“a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific” Publishers Weekly (US)
“Every so often a debut novel arrives that is so tightly woven and compelling it seems the work of a novelist in her prime. That’s what Jane Harper has given us with The Dry, a story so true to setting and tone it seemed I fell asleep in Virginia only to wake in Australian heat.” John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road.
“It’s extremely rare and exciting to read a debut that enthralls from the very first page and then absolutely sticks the landing. Told with heart and guts and an authentic sense of place that simply cannot be faked, The Dry is the debut of the year.” C.J. Box, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Off The Grid.
“Australian author Harper’s debut is a stunner. Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais…” Booklist
“I can’t remember another first novel that was greeted with such unanimous enthusiasm from readers and reviewers all over the world. I share the universal approval of this book; it is gripping, atmospheric and original” Jessica Mann, Literary Review UK
Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.