Shelf Control #6: The Dry by Jane Harper (2016)

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa’s choice for this week over here.

A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.


In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones. (Goodreads)

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I have heard nothing but praise for this book and really want to read it. However, it keeps getting pushed back.

Have you read it? If yes, how did you find it?

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6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #6: The Dry by Jane Harper (2016)

  1. The same thing has happened with me. I got a copy of this book in 2018 and it is still sitting in a box somewhere uncataloged. (Along with a book by Adrian McKinty and one by Steph Cha, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I know because I did a post on those books last year and still have not read any of them.)

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  2. I finally read this one last year when my book group picked it (and I was determined not to miss yet another book group book). I thought it was really good! The mystery was engaging, and I loved the setting and the unusual characters. Very memorable — I’ll definitely read more by this author.

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  3. I thought this was a brilliant read. She’s fabulous at making you feel the heat in the drought-ridden farming community, and showing how the drought affects every aspect of life. I’ve read her two later books, but this one is still the best in my opinion. Grab it off the shelf and get reading! 😀

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