A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.
©2016 Jane Harper (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country." (Michael Robotham)
Gripping storyline told with a wonderful voice telling us the story of an old country town in the aftermath of two two tragedies, one recent and one historical.
Jane Harper, please continue to write books as brilliant as The Dry - hard to stop listening because of the story plot twists and turns. Typical Australian outback background with characters perfectly chosen to fit kept the suspense right to the last pages.
A great debut novel interesting characters and you can really feel the heat of the sun and the dust from the drought by her wonderful use of language. If I have a criticism it's that things are tied up too neatly at the end if I say why it with spoil it suffice to say don't let it put you off its an excellent read.
Great setting, great main character and supporting characters, great story, well written and great double mystery.
Crime mysteries are not my usual first choice, but I liked the sound of the setting for this one so gave it a go.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to every minute of it. Very few of the usual "oh come on, you've got to be kidding" clumsy co-incidences, unanswered questions or predictable formula characters and red herrings.
When both mysteries were finally answered, I hadn't seen either of them coming and found them very plausible, well thought through and totally worth waiting for.
And best thing of all - even though the main event was a violent murder, there was an absolute minimum of gratuitous gruesomeness which I really appreciated. Quite rare in these de-sensitised days.
It was all about the story and didn't try to wring out any more shock/horror than was necessary.
Hints of a sequel towards the end - or was that just wishful thinking?
If so, I'll definitely be getting it.
The narrator was fantastic! Absolutely captured what I saw to be the essence of the book. The story was fabulously written...loved the crescendo to the finish. Highly recommend!
Loved this. Rivetting until the end. Brilliantly read. Will certainly look for more by this author.
I loved the way Steve Shanahan gave this story another dimension with his performance. I listened to it in the car on the way to and from work - made the trip a lot more enjoyable. It was memorable for the characters, the setting and the story.
One of the more memorable moments for me was when the main character in the book and the local cop are going through the main crime scene, trying to piece together what happened. I felt like I was there with the two blokes.
I haven't listened to any of Steve Shanahan's other performances - I would definitely give them a go in future on the strength of this one.
I often had to remind myself that the people in it were not real and that none of it happened. Most of the main locations (the Hadler's farm, the pub) I can still see in my mind's eye.
I don't know if there are abridged versions of The Dry but I would recommend this one - it was definitely worth the listening time.
"compelling Australian thriller"
The time spent listening to this captivating story went very quickly. Well worthwhile and great narration.
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