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WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY? It hasn't rained in Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the farming community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are discovered shot to death on their property. Everyone assumes Luke Hadler committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son. Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funerals and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and his childhood friend Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth ...
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I enjoyed this book thoroughly. A mystery that kept you engaged to the end, even though there were a couple of sub-plots that were fairly easy to guess at. Well written and with good characters.
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It also went down very well with the book group. We mark out of five so 4 and 5 stars all round.
I particularly like how they tied the 2 crimes 'together' essentially. I was kept guessing right until the very end. I also liked the setting, it's not often I read a book set in rural Australia.
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Hi there (((Waves))) to localish chums earthcaroleanne and kinedi, long time no swap (((waves))) to Nataliec7 and squeaks of delight to an Australian bookcrosser plus a New Zealander, both of whose’s names have often passed before my eyes though I’ve not had the chance to communicate with until now (((waves))) to marmee463 & keeta1. Cheers from rainbow3 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
THE DRY - JANE HARPER (2016) | ISBN: 9781925481372| Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
In some ways The Dry goes where you expect it might, but yet the unravelling of stories past and present, the unfolding of the storyline is superbly handled, and the tension is thrums consistently throughout. This sweeps along like a river in flood with a clearly roiling surface apart from curious spots where an almost calm, satin-like appearance indicates deep water and strong currents underneath. It was a ghastly irony that this was the analogy that came to my mind in attempting to describe my reaction to this book. As of course the narrative follows the desperate circumstances in a rural community as it experiences both a severe drought and then the tragedy and concomitant trauma of the unexpected, violent deaths of – nearly all in – a popular family.
The small agricultural community of Kiewarra is detailed here with its various, concerns and prejudices, warts and all. Importantly the interconnections both known and those brought to light between those who love or hate each other are highlighted as Falk, once vilified and cast out by the locals, finds himself once again at the centre of unwanted attention and subsequently in danger. Falk’s becoming embroiled in the investigation of the deaths of his boyhood friend’s family has the inexorable pull of a river in flood, once he starts asking questions and confronting those with something to hide an energy is let loose that finally contributes its own momentum to events. I thought this was a terrific book and have to say I am further delighted it actually set out on its travels from the bookshelf of an Australia Bookcrosser!
I found myself enthusing keenly to a rellie about The Dry and saying how brilliantly apt it would be to present it as a TV series and after my impassioned description he said this sounded like a book he would like to read. He called me back to say he realised he’d actually watched it already in a TV series format so no wonder it had sounded so familiar to him. Yay, here’s the joy of not having a TV and relying on reading for so much of my entertainment. OK YES, clearly BookCrossing activities feature too – and yes – my focus on reading leaves me open to revelations like this! Anyhow, all that made for another chortling ‘convo’ over the phone.
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Today’s food treats for me compromised of a hearty bowl of carrot, coconut, lentil and tomato soup with a large slice of sourdough bread and a chunky wedge of a curry spiced focaccia, [OK that’s my take on what I had, I forget how it was described on the menu.] I need not fret about the details suffice to say it was fabulously tasty and went beautifully with the soup. Using the ochre toned last tasty morsels of focaccia to clean my soup bowl was fun! Then a 'chocolate rich', salted chocolate brownie accompanied by a lushly flavoured coffee completed my food treats from the divine Red Kite Café kitchen, I’ll be back!
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