• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Harper's small-town Australia dark secrets and twists and turns have me totally hooked.

In small-town Kiewarra, the Australian community is shaken when three members of a local family are found murdered.

Aaron Falk is a federal investigator who dreads returning to his hometown; he had hoped he was shut of the people and the place altogether.

I love a "hero has to return to a hometown; complications ensue" setup. Here, Falk has to dig into secrets he thought were long dead, including a secret he'd shared with his childhood friend Luke Hadler.


Harper's writing and tone remind me of a more spare Tana French. I knew immediately that I would definitely read the next in the series.


I loved being along for the ride as Harper's story unfolded, and I was all in for the main protagonist of Falk for this and future books.

What did you think?

Harper is also the author of Force of Nature (Aaron Falk #2) and The Lost Man, which I mentioned in my Greedy Reading List The Six Best Mysteries I Read Last Year.


Her small-town Australia dark secrets and twists and turns have me totally hooked.