The Dry

  • by Jane Harper
  • Narrated by Stephen Shanahan
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered.
Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation.
As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.


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Gripping and intense

A really believable story full of brooding tension and atmosphere. The pace of the story was maintained throughout and a very satisfactory ending.
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- Robert E.


A really good listen, set in the Australian outback where it hasn't rained for two years and everyone is feeling the strain and pressure of a town that's slowly dying in the heat and the locals are unable to stop it ! Arron returns for his friends funeral and has to stay to solve three murders of the present and one of twenty years ago. Well worth the price!
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- anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK