The Dry

by Jane Harper | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1925481379 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmarmee463wing of Templestowe, Victoria Australia on 10/12/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmarmee463wing from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, October 12, 2017

On to Mt TBR it goes.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, December 07, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (12/7/2017 UTC) at Templestowe, Victoria Australia

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Heading to Auckland now...

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Journal Entry 3 by keeta1 at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Monday, December 18, 2017
Thanks marmee463, the book is here already and I'm looking forward to reading it, so may push it up the mountain a bit :)

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 ...

Reserved for earthcaroleanne

Journal Entry 4 by keeta1 at Howick, Auckland Province New Zealand on Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Just finished the book this afternoon in the waiting room, while waiting for a medical appointment. Unusually, every time someone came in, I was hoping it wasn't my turn, as I really wanted to finish those last few pages :)
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.


Journal Entry 5 by keeta1 at By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 11, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (1/10/2018 UTC) at By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases

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Off to earthcaroleanne :)
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 6 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Thank you so much. I didn't expect this to arrive so soon. Glad to see you enjoyed it, fingers crossed for my book group.

Journal Entry 7 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, July 26, 2018
I found this book really gripping. The characters are believable and it's written in a clear and simple style. The desolate backdrop of small rural community in a dried out countryside permeates the story and creates an unforgiving ambience. It demonstrates how it is very hard to detach yourself from a stereotypical ultra-rural upbringing, even if you physically leave. It'll keep you guessing to the end even although there are hints there. I didn’t give it more stars because there were a couple of niggles but nothing to detract from the book.

It also went down very well with the book group. We mark out of five so 4 and 5 stars all round.



Journal Entry 8 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Barry, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, September 01, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (9/1/2018 UTC) at Barry, Wales United Kingdom

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Adding to my 10th Bookiversary bookbox.

Journal Entry 9 by wingNataliec7wing at Barry, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, September 03, 2018
Thanks very much for this book. It looks like a book I'll enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by wingNataliec7wing at Barry, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, March 16, 2019
An enjoyable debut from this author.
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.
4 stars

Journal Entry 11 by wingNataliec7wing at A Book box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Saturday, March 16, 2019

Released 6 mos ago (3/18/2019 UTC) at A Book box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Added to Plum's World of Crime bookbox.

Journal Entry 12 by kinedi at Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 20, 2019
An unknown Australian author to me so have taken this out of the World of Crime book box, thanks

Journal Entry 13 by kinedi at Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, May 13, 2019
Extremely well written and a very good pageturner. I could really feel the heat and desperation in the town of Kierwarra that seems to be seeping through on every page. Not heard of this author before but really liked her so will keep any eye out for her.

Journal Entry 14 by kinedi at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, June 20, 2019

Released 3 mos ago (6/23/2019 UTC) at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Taking along to June Meet up in Edinburgh

Journal Entry 15 by wingrainbow3wing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, June 24, 2019
Very pleased to pick this up as the last copy I had in my paws I scanned a bit but let scamper off elsewhere. Probably a case of me thinking “Get a grip you cannot read everything!” And seeing it again gave me a clear flash of the thought, ‘YES - snap it up & READ IT this time!’

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

Journal Entry 16 by wingrainbow3wing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Wow, thoughts directly on finishing this “I’m reeling, this is amazingly good! Tricky to imagine this as a debut novel as really it seems so very accomplished!”

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.

Journal Entry 17 by wingrainbow3wing at Red Kite Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Released 3 mos ago (7/8/2019 UTC) at Red Kite Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Snapped off a book pile this afternoon as I was in a hurry to get to the lovely Red Kite Café* to meet a chum, it’s now hours later that I am actually making this ‘release journal entry! Fully intending to release The Dry onto a shelf in the café, I was in fact happy to see the book totally bypass the shelf and head off travelling with my chum. [My chum’s not a BookCrosser so I’m giving this a ‘Wild Release’ rather than a ‘Controlled Release’ which the release style of journal entry I make on passing BC books onto other BookCrossers.] The narrow wee shelf I leave books is on the right of the door on entering the café, it extends to the window, and also houses gorgeous greeting cards [for sale] and leaflets about local arts & craft events.

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!

*7-8 Cadzow Place EDINBURGH EH7 5SN Scotland, [constitutes a bit of London Road just before Meadowbank Retail Park].
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