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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Lisa
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 29-11-2016

Really good book.

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great Aussie Read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Never knowing where it would lead but leaving nothing hanging in the end. Great to have an Aussie to listen to!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great debut

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Gripping Aussie crime thriller

Loved everything about this book - the story, it's setting and narration. The author is brilliant in her description of Australian country town life, the plot has a few unexpected and yet plausible twists - a must for me when reading crime novels. Can't wait for more books by this author.

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Great debut novel

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.

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Disappointing ending.

After enjoying virtually the entire book l was very disappointed with the incredible ending. Not terribly convincing I'm afraid.

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Wonderful narration capturing the Australian essence of The Dry

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.

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Great book for all tastes

Easy to listen to. Good characters and story. Keeps you listening until the end. A good old whodunnit!

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beautiful and gripping

a great companion to my road trip....make sure you don't also have human companions as you'll be sure to ignore them

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  • Mae
  • 11-02-2017

Loved this story!

I couldn't stop listening. It had me hooked from the beginning with a fast paced and mysterious storyline. Enjoyed the narrator as well!

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  • Angi
  • 05-12-2017

Ripping yarn

A great story felt even better because of the reader- If I'd been reading this I'd have read it in one sitting. The setting in a drought in the outback is as much a part of the story as the characters.

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  • Dan
  • 09-10-2017

Excellent storytelling

Loved this book.
It really pulled me into its fabric.
The characters felt real, and I could almost smell the dry heat.
The plot kept me hanging till the end.
Brilliant.
Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Olivia
  • 08-11-2016

compelling Australian thriller

The time spent listening to this captivating story went very quickly. Well worthwhile and great narration.