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Max’s Walking Book Club – Jane Harper – The Dry

Sunday 20th August at 10:00am

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.

Who really killed the Hadler family?

In the small town of Kiewarra, it hasn’t rained for two years. Swept up in the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, the town crackles with seething malice and unvoiced grudges. Tensions in the community are at breaking point when three members of the Hadler family are suddenly brutally murdered.

Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty, but is he just an easy scapegoat? 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 twenty 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.

The Dry is a descent into a flyblown, small-town Australia with the plot escalating in an ever more dizzying series of twists and revelations as we are edged ever nearer to the truth of what actually elapsed.

‘One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read’ – David Baldacci

‘A compulsive read’ – Kate Hamer, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat

‘A cracking good read’ – Laura McBride, author of We Are Called to Rise

‘Jane Harper creates an atmosphere of simmering tension right from the off.’ – Evening Standard


Children, dogs and friends welcome! Suitable footwear recommended!