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The Dry

After reading, and being traumatised, by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, I swore I wouldn't read any more books about families being murdered.

My friend told me about The Dry and honestly I was not keen at all.  First of all, the cover didn’t do anything for me.  I know that’s shallow of me but I do judge book covers!  Secondly, I just wasn't sure whether it would be one I could stomach.

Aaron Faulk returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood best friend and family.  Aaron does not receive a warm welcome. The town is in the midst of the worst drought in a century, and tensions are running high.

This small town holds some big and dark secrets.  Jane Harper does a great job of telling this tale, she weaves flashbacks into the story which had me barking up the wrong tree.  She had me guessing for a long time.

For me, I found it to be a very sad book.  I was worried that there would be graphic and upsetting murder descriptions.  There were some, but again I feel Harper handled them really well and sensitively. When I finished I just felt and little bit down.  I guess that means it’s a good book if it could affect me so much. I liked a lot of the characters and just felt sad at how their lives were.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Force Of Nature.  I think I’ll have to make sure I sandwich it with some feel-good reads between.

Have you read either of Jane Harper’s books?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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