Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

Jane Harper’s debut novel is probably the most absorbing crime novel I’ve read all year. I loved it.

Policeman Aaron Falk  returns to his dried-out, tinderbox, backwater hometown to investigate the gruesome murder-suicide of his childhood friend… when he finds a few loose ends too many.

This would be mystery enough for most novels, but Harper has thrown in plenty of other mysteries too. Most of this backwater town suspect Falk of being involved in the death of teenager 20 years ago – so why is he back after another suicide? What went down all of those years ago? Is this new murder related to the old one?

The Dry doesn’t excel at anything in particular, but does a lot of things very well – a tightly plotted story that zips along, with decent dialogue and a fully formed characters. After reading some stuff like the Widow or Gone Girl, with their constant plot twists and unreliable narrators, it feels refreshing to get back to some good old fashioned story telling.

Yep, I recommend this one a lot. If you’re after an easy read that entertains from the get-go, then this is the one for you.


So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

Let me know in the comments!


Already read this one? Well if you’re after recommendations along similar lines, then why not try one of these:

Review: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant - One of the most satisfying psychological thrillers I've read in years - you'll love it.
Review: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama - One of the most gripping books I've ever read. A real page turner - I even got out of bed early to read it some days (yep - you can read before bedtime all you like, but unless your book gets you out of bed at half five in the morning then its not a patch on this). It follows a Japanese detective who starts to pry into a fourteen year old kidnapping.

 

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