A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning new author.
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.
“The rumors were fed well . . . and grew fat and solid. They sprouted legs and heads, and they never died.”
Jane Harper, The Dry
I had high hopes for The Dry and in the end, I did not love it, but I did not hate it either. Harper is a phenomenal writer. . . but I just did not care for most of the characters, except for Aaron Falk (thank God) and Sergeant Raco. The characterization and plot are well-developed (and fantastic descriptions), but towards the middle of the book, things became a little repetitive and slow. However, in the end, Harper’s well-executed plot with its twists and turns kept me going. I’m glad I continued reading because the ending was a satisfying one. So, although this book was at times a little dry for me, I look forward to reading her second novel, Force of Nature because I’m intrigued by this: “Five women go on a hike. Only four return.”