I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that.
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.
As a 'relatively new' crime fiction reader (2 years maximum), I'm always trying to keep up with current trends and 'what's hot' in terms of upcoming books. The Dry definitely fits into this category.
The book drew me in from the word 'go' - instantly holding my attention at every page turn, leaving me with an inability to stop reading when I probably should have done! The setting is so appropriate for the narrative - not giving anything away until absolutely necessary, and providing a strong representation of the people who reside there. I felt like I was living in the community of Kiewarra myself, with the characters appearing as people I might see on a daily basis. The relationships between the characters themselves were utterly believable and have been so well-observed and created by Harper.
This is a crime novel that possesses all the components of the most astonishing fiction; one that has been delivered in an innovative format and voice, and is a well-rounded and immensely satisfying read. 100% would recommend, regardless of whether you're a big crime reader or not.
The Dry is published in hardback on 12th January 2017, priced at £12.99.
(I received this book as an advance reading copy from the publisher Little, Brown - thank you!)