A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, captivating debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago, when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
©2016 Jane Harper (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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It's been a long time since I have listened to a mystery suspense book that was so well written. Not a wasted word nor a dull sentence. I easily gave this book 5 stars all around.
Nothing sloppy or formulaic about this book. Just one hell of an enjoyable book.
I really enjoyed this book once I got used to the Australian accent of the narrator. It was helpful for this book to be narrated by an Australian since it took place in Australia but he was hard to understand initially. Glad I persevered.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Although this bps begin rather slowly, ut pickws up momentum so that by the time the enc came it turned around quite nicely. All in all not bad.
The story was well written. The narrator did a good job, though it was hard to tell which character was speaking at times. Overall I must have liked it because I stuck it out despite the truly horrible editing. I don't understand why, but there were "chapter" breaks every 4 minutes or so, even when it was right in the middle of a scene. These weren't chapters within the novel but arbitrary ones within the recording. There was always a pause during these breaks. As a result I would constantly think the app crashed or something since a conversation would suddenly stop. Ultimately, despite being absorbed enough to listen until the end, I don't think it was worth the hassle of such annoyance.
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Yes, the plot was fairly well executed . I didn't have any idea who was responsible for the Hadler family murders. I guessed some of the back story of Ellie but not all of it. The ending left me hanging a bit, I am not sure if that was intentional or another book may tie up some of the loose ends. The reader is left in the dark over the Luke/Ellie back story or if there was one. I am still confused about the Luke, Gretchen and Ellie flashback at the river on the day Ellie died. Aaron Falk is a likable character, Raco, the police officer is another likable character and I liked Luke's parents. This is an excellent first novel but I found some of the threads of the plot not worth the amount of time given to them. I have many audio books in my Audible Library and almost all are mystery/suspense/thriller books and I can re-listen to any of the titles at anytime by Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Bill Pronzini, Jeffrey Deaver, David Rosenfelt, Craig Johnson, Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child, Karin Slaughter, Louise Penny, Robert Crais, Greg Iles, Laura Lippman, Robert B. Parker, Peter Robinson, James Lee Burke, David Baldacci, Lee Child, and Kathy Reichs. I am sure there are more authors that fit into this category for me personally but I was just scrolling down my library and the list was getting lengthy. On the other hand, there are many authors in my library that I have enjoyed their book(s) but as I scroll down my library I am just not as inclined to pause over the title and consider giving it a re-listen. The Dry will fall into that category. Those titles then become the ones I wish I would have waited and checked out thru digital media at my local public library.
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The concept is nothing new - man returns to hometown he left in disgrace, gets involved in mystery/drama, leaves a changed man - but this is done very well. Great cast of characters and the murder(s) confounded me the whole time. It was masterful the way Harper interwove the past with the present. It was almost like she brought the past to the present from an array of perspectives until both story lines crossed, and then, didn't. You have to read it to get that last comment. I recommend you do. I got so into it, I had to finish it in one day.
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