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The Dry: A Novel de Jane Harper
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The Dry: A Novel (edició 2017)

de Jane Harper (Autor)

Sèrie: Aaron Falk (1)

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"A small town hides big secrets in The Dry. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets."--… (més)
Membre:MichaelaFox
Títol:The Dry: A Novel
Autors:Jane Harper (Autor)
Informació:Flatiron Books (2017), 336 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Preferits
Valoració:****1/2
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Mate, you tell me this was a bloody debut novel, and I’ll tell you to bugger off …. you arse.

Sorry. Hi. I’m infinitely charmed by the Australian lingo in “The Dry,” but even more impressed that this is Harper’s first book. She’s a longtime journalist who wrote the book with no expectation that it would ever be widely read — then won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015. (It seems she learned to write fiction via a literary agency’s online writing course. Must have been one heck of a course!)

I’m tempted to give “The Dry” 5 stars, because writing-wise, it deserves it. It’s beautifully written and captures the atmosphere of drought-ridden Kiewarra, a despairing rural Australian farming town, perfectly. I can picture the town, with its now-dry river and empty, bleak Main Street, vividly. Harper’s words transported me, dropping me into this land and giving me a sense of place and of being there that I don’t experience with many books.

The story centers around Aaron Falk, who was driven out of Kiewarra 20 years ago and is now a federal agent on the money side of things in Melbourne. He goes home — for 18 hours, which is 18 too many — to attend the funeral of his childhood best friend, Luke Hadler, who has apparently killed himself, his wife and his son.

“It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate. To them there was little difference between a carcass and a corpse.”

Did Luke really do it, though? Was a desperate time in a ruined town enough to push him over the edge?

And are the murders linked to what happened to Ellie Deacon — Luke and Falk’s friend who was found drowned in the river all those years ago? It’s the reason Falk was run out of town and never came back, and the town still thinks he had something to do with her death.

As a favor to Luke’s grieving parents, Falk joins forces with Sergeant Raco, the local cop and one of the only folks in town who has doubts that Luke killed his family. The telling of their investigation moves slowly, and more than a few times, I wished things would hurry up already. I can finish a book in two or three days, but this one took over a week because it felt so slow at parts. That’s the only reason I dock a star here — there were chapters that were a little too “dry” (sorry) for my taste, and Harper could have shaved a chunk of pages without hurting the story. Still, I appreciate the depth and development they helped create.

There’s a film to come; rights have been optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard. And we have Aaron Falk #2 to look forward to; apparently, it’s called “Force of Nature” and will be out Jan. 16, 2018. (Too long! I want it now!) I liked Falk a lot — he’s a good bloke — so I’m looking forward to catching up with him again.

I finished “The Dry” last night, and I woke up still thinking about it this morning. If you require action and excitement on every page, you might not love it. But I’m bloody positive that Harper deserves all the success and buzz she’s seeing worldwide. ( )
  angelahaupt | Jun 15, 2021 |
(29) Haven't read a good mystery in awhile and I enjoyed this author's atmospheric recent novel, 'The Lost Man,' set in the Australian Outback. A dramatization of Harper's earlier novel came across my Netflix feed and so I figured I should read the book first. And I am glad I did. So far this reading year has seemed ponderous and slow for me - haven't found a good edge of your seat book yet but this came close. Read it over a few days in a few sittings and thought I had it figured out a few times but the twist definitely got me. The twist to both deaths - the index murder-suicide of a family from Federal agent Aaron Falk's hometown. His childhood friend's face flashed up on the news as having snapped in the face of one of the worse droughts even seen in the Outback - crops and livestock dying, rivers and bank accounts dried up, the heat is oppressive and driving people crazy. These recent horrific deaths - and the death of a young girl, Aaron's first girlfriend, which drove he and his family out of town over 30 years ago. I am recognizing this trope - two tragic deaths separated by time - could they be linked? Are the secrets of the past coming home to roost?

Regardless of the now familiar set-up - Harper does a nice job with characterization, setting, dramatic tension. I wanted a cold beer, felt the dry cracked heat, felt a pit in my stomach at the thought of a 7 year old boy trying to hide. Most mystery writers miss the boat on that - they go for scintillating, titillating, or bamboozling - but they forget to just -- write well. So I like this author - agree with those who compare her to Tana French (minus the supernatural element and the Irish diction) I will definitely look for the next in the Aaron Falk series and perhaps check out the Netflix version. A good summer mystery - you will definitely want to be at the pool where you can just submerge yourself in the cool water . . . ( )
  jhowell | May 30, 2021 |
An excellent first novel by an Australian author - crime fiction very close to its best.
I had a couple of very minor quibbles with the plot development, but loved the journey.
Set in an unfashionable rural backwater, the characters are real, and the by-plays authentic. ( )
  mbmackay | May 16, 2021 |
Set in Kiewarra, Australia, a farming community not far from Melbourne and in the middle of 2 year drought. Aaron Falk comes to town to attend the funeral of his former best friend who has appeared to kill his wife, son and himself but left his daughter alive. The last time Luke was in town was 20 years ago when he was accused of killing, but not convicted of, killing his almost-girlfriend, Ellie. It soon becomes apparent to Aaron that Luke did not kill his family but was killed himself. Luke hangs around to help solve the mystery.

I loved the prose of this book: almost sparse but descriptive enough that you could feel the heat from the drought and could empathize with the emotions of the characters. Harper followed a logical sequence of events and threw in enough extra tidbits that kept me guessing who did it until nearly the end of the book. The characters and the town dynamics added to the plot. She also resolved the murder from twenty years ago which made for a satisfying ending. Highly recommended. ( )
  DidIReallyReadThat | May 4, 2021 |
I'm breaking my rule: there may be spoilers here, but the review panel would be one large blank if I used spoiler tags, so you've been warned ~ having read my caution now.
Here are a few comments in which I draw a parallel between two novels written by Jane Harper, both books follow what I perceive as a recipe:

I read the The Survivors before The Dry back to back, as it were. I simply didn't feel drawn into the narrative nor feel that there was really any depth and reason to care about the characters.
The books are standalone novels but the storylines are near identical in their plotting and the setting: characters "returning home" under duress and obligation, murders complicated by family dysfunctions, a community with secrets and animosities rooted in the past history of the main character, and a very unsatisfying dénouement: unresolved loose ends. In the story-format sense: the historical pieces in italics, disrupted the story flow and made the pace jerky, especially ruining the suspense that was building.

An additional problem in these novels were the uncontrollable physical elements, The Survivors features the Ocean/Seashore; The Dry has drought and fire. I suppose these devices are inserted to heighten the suspense, but both natural environmental circumstance affected the storyline improbably reliant on stupid, out-of-character behaviour by the main players. Complexities in people's lives was a good theme to explore but I think Harper ran roughshod over setting up these situations. Talk about spoilers, I do have one from The Dry, the concept of one bad-ass-misery-guts family head (Mal) holding the town in thrall was unrealistic in the extreme. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Apr 28, 2021 |
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Aaron Falk gaat terug naar zijn geboortedorp Kiewarra in Australië voor de begrafenis van zijn vroegere vriend Luke. Bij Luke heeft zich een familiedrama afgespeeld. Falk is niet erg welkom in het stadje. Jaren geleden is hij samen met zijn vader het stadje ontvlucht omdat Falk in verband werd gebracht met de dood van zijn toenmalige vriendin Ellie Deacon. Falk is van plan om na de begrafenis direct weer te vertrekken. De ouders van Luke vragen hem echter om even te blijven en wat onderzoek te doen naar de dood van hun zoon…lees verder >
 
Jane Harper creates an atmosphere of simmering tension right from the off. Her version of High Noon in the Outback flickers between past and present to slowly reveal what actually happened between characters who are far more engaging than the cogs usually found in clockwork thrillers.
She observes all the conventions — the local loudmouth causing trouble, an old flame awakening lust, patchy mobile phone reception, a double-whammy denouement — while producing something fresh.
 
Ms. Harper throws out so many teasing possibilities that it’s hard to believe this is her first novel. And even harder to believe that she learned to write fiction via a literary agency’s online writing course. (She had already been a print journalist for more than a decade.) One trick the course clearly taught her was a basic of the crime genre: Make sure that nothing is what it looks like at first sight. People trying to solve the Hadler murder case — and to deal with many other troubles that erupt in Kiewarra during Falk’s stay — are reliably quick to jump to the wrong conclusions.
afegit per steevohenderson | editaNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Web de pagament) (Jan 9, 2017)
 
Solid storytelling that, despite a plethora of flashbacks, never loses momentum, strong characterisation and a sense of place so vivid that you can almost feel the blistering heat add up to a remarkably assured debut.
 

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"A small town hides big secrets in The Dry. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets."--

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