Book Corner

The Dry by Jane Harper

Reading has always been a huge part of my life and is a constant great support during challenging times.  I thought I’d regularly share my latest reads with you here.  Happy to be showcasing an Australian author this week with my little review of The Dry by Jane Harper.

Book cover. The Dry by Jane Harper.  Book Corner.
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First of all, I have to hold my hands up, I haven’t yet seen the film, starring Eric Bana.  Does anyone else prefer to read the book first, or is that just me?  Feel free to leave your comments below.  For me, I love to build a mental image of the setting and the characters first, then it’s always fascinating to see how they are interpreted through film.

Having just glanced at the promotional pic for the movie, I am stoked to see that Eric Bana looks just how I had imagined the main character, Aaron Falk, to be.  But enough about the film, you can make your own minds up about that.

This is the first book by Jane Harper, a Melbourne journalist.  For a debut novel, it is a true page-turner and keeps you on your toes throughout.  How about this for an opening sentence …

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.”

The Australian Women’s Weekly describes it as “a razor-sharp crime yarn dripping in the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian bush … action twists and turns, the pace building to a fantastic finale that will leave you breathless”.

From the get-go, you can practically feel the harsh searing heat and taste the dust and tension in this extremely tight-knit farming community.  It is set in the small town of Kiewarra, where it hasn’t rained for two years.  It soon becomes obvious that tensions are running high and go very deep, not just because of the drought. 

This is certainly a gripping read with gritty characters and plot twists at every stage. It kept me guessing to the very end and I can’t recommend it enough.

Suffice to say, I will be popping over to Amazon Prime Video to watch the film sometime very soon.

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