The Dry is the first book in the Aaron Falk series by acclaimed author Jane Harper. A small town holds a big secret. After receiving an invitation, Federal agent Aaron Falk attends his best friend’s funeral. 20 years before Falk charged with murder, Luke was his alibi. What happened to Luke’s sudden death, Falk investigates to find out the truth…
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: The Dry A Novel audiobook by Paula
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this one!
This is so-o-o-o-o very good! The narration is spectacular — Shanahan’s voice and characterization draws you right to the scene. Most of all, this is an outstanding story with great characters with whom readers can relate. I found the decades old question about the death of a young girl to be an intriguing mystery — particularly when set against a more current bludgeoning of a young family in the same town. You will think about it after the lights are off, for certain and best of all, the mystery isn’t solved until the very end. No cliff hanger, no silly “got it solved” in the first half event. Just a great story all around!
Review 2: The Dry A Novel audiobook by green ice cream garden
Nothing dry here!
I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The concept is nothing new – man returns to hometown he left in disgrace, gets involved in mystery/drama, leaves a changed man – but this is done very well. Great cast of characters and the murder(s) confounded me the whole time. It was masterful the way Harper interwove the past with the present. It was almost like she brought the past to the present from an array of perspectives until both story lines crossed, and then, didn’t. You have to read it to get that last comment. I recommend you do. I got so into it, I had to finish it in one day.
Review 3: The Dry A Novel audiobook by B.J.
Can I rate this as two different books?
This book goes through some kind of transformation near the halfway point. I was SO bored and nearly gave up after about 4 hours. I couldn’t keep the characters straight and didn’t care what happened to them. Then something happened. The book got good. I mean really good. The characters became real. The plot line unfolded. The two-star rating I was planning got bumped up significantly.
The Dry is a good name. It not only describes the scene, but also describes this book perfectly. If you’re looking for non-stop entertainment, this is not your book. If you want to let a book unfold without keeping you up at night with rapt attention, this is it. It’s good — not great. And boy, is it ever dry.
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