Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well...
When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.
And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret... A secret Falk thought long-buried... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface...
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What happens to us when we are children can come back to haunt us and Aaron Falk finds this out when he is asked to investigate the death of his childhood friend. It is being pegged as a murder suicide but something just doesn't sit quite right with Aaron about that ruling.
While this book is set in the present, we are taken back quite often to the past in Aaron's memories as they are triggered by circumstances. Normally the time changes bother me but Ms. Harper has done such a wonderful job with these flashbacks that they really enrich the story. We are able to see how the past really reflects on Aaron's present when he returns to Keiwarra.
I found that the characters really come alive in THE DRY and enjoyed seeing how the people had changed from Aaron's memories of them to the current day. The book is set in a small town in Australia which is so different from my experiences that it is like stepping into another world. Thank goodness for google as I was able to familiarize myself with some of the insect life that is mentioned in the story.
I highly recommend THE DRY to any of my readers that enjoy a good mystery with a surprising and satisfying conclusion. Some of the scenes described might be a bit too graphic for a younger audience as we are discussing a murder so be advised. There is no graphic sex scenes however.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.