The Dry by Jane Harper ★★★★☆ #bookreview

27824826This was a debut novel and fantastic Australian whodunit/ mystery/thriller.  I almost don’t want to provide a synopsis of this book for fear of providing any spoilers, but suffice it to say a Federal Police member returns to his hometown during a drought for the funeral of a friend. He becomes caught up in a murder investigation that ultimately reveals long buried secrets.

This is a quick read for me, yet the pace felt steady and slow as it built up to the reveal.  The writing was excellent – very atmospheric, very detailed, yet not annoyingly so. You could almost feel the drought around you – the heat, the dry.  I always try to guess the ending in mysteries like this, and I often do figure them out before the end, but not this one!  Jane Harper hit a homerun with this debut and she definitely landed on my list of authors to always read.

Published May 31st 2016 by Macmillan Australia

My rating – 4 out of 5

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