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The Dry
The Dry | Jane Harper
Who really killed the Hadler family? 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 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.
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ImperfectCJ
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Thank you so much for sending me this book, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! What a great story! It's twisty and thrilling and mysterious but also has complex, well-drawn characters. I just downloaded the second book in the series from Libby!

Photo is of California rather than Australia, but I think it represents the title well.

dabbe I thought it was Tucson, AZ! 🤩 2w
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kimmypete1
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Started off a bit slow, but really picked it up at the end.

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ImperfectCJ
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I haven't had any time to read today, but I did have time to open a package from @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (many thanks!) and I ate a lot, went on two walks, and played games with my family.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay! So happy it arrived!! 🎉🎊🎈 3mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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The Dry is remarkably well written. The prose is taut and evocative, a step above Liane Moriarty in my view (though it would certainly appeal to readers who like her books). I will concede, though, that most of the plot twists were very predictable. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-dry-jane-harper/

thegreensofa Lol I spotted the rotary hoist bit too. Great review! 🤠 3mo
CatMS I am a huge fan of Jane Harper and really liked "The Dry" as I do all her books. Aaron Falk is a favorite character too. 3mo
Ruthiella I think her later books are better than her debut. 3mo
MrsMalaprop I read this when it first came out. I recall it was a ‘like‘ but not ‘love‘. Agree the writing was good, and for me one of the rare times the movie was better than the book. 3mo
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kezzlou85
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#AutumnPlease #PhotoChallenge. Day 1 and here is my orange stack. I had more than I thought. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs #Scarathlon #TeamCryptKeepers. 6pts @LiseWorks

Gissy Lovely photo🧡💛🤎📚🌻 (edited) 5mo
LiseWorks How cool 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🧡🧡 5mo
Eggs Gorgeous 🧡🌻🧡 5mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
The Dry | Jane Harper
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My #bookspin list for September! Looking forward to seeing the numbers tomorrow. 😀

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EverydayImReading
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Had this on my kindle for ages and finally read it. Or should I say devoured it. What a great storyteller Jane Harper is. I lived in Kiewarra felt the heat and could hear the flies buzzing. Im so happy there are two more in this series. Highly recommend.

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CuriousG
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I don't read a lot of this genre, but when I go camping it is nice to have books that I can get swept up in and just fly through. Jane Harper is one of my favourite authors for this and I wasn't disappointed. Some pretty heavy subject matter though. See comments for content warnings.

CuriousG Content warnings for child death (murder to be specific), domestic violence/child abuse, alcoholism, suicide, general violence, and probably more I should list but have missed. 7mo
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LapReader
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A great start to the Sydney Writer‘s Festival yesterday. They are some of my favourite days of the year. I think it‘s great that Jane has got much better at public speaking and is now interviewing people herself. She was talking to Ben Stevenson, the writer of Everyone in my Family has Killed Someone. This book goes against all the writing rules as he thought he was going to die of covid which was in full swing as he was writing it.

currentlyreadinginCO So cool, I love her! And I didn't know that was the backstory of everyone in my family has killed someone -- will be checking out! 9mo
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AvidReader25
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This reread was as good as I remembered! I loved the slowburn mystery set in Australia. A man's past comes back to haunt him when he returns to his hometown after an old friend's death. Harper‘s a master @ description & making the reader feel completely submerged in the story as she pulls back the curtain. You discover you had the answer all along, but never realized it. She's become an auto-buy author for me & fans of Tana French should love her.

currentlyreadinginCO Love this book! 10mo
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Lexeegee
The Dry | Jane Harper

Aaron returned to his hometown after his childhood friend and family are brutally murdered. A very good thriller, I really wasn't sure until the end who did it. The narrator for this audiobook was really good.

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BooksCoffeeNurse
The Dry | Jane Harper
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I couldn‘t find a suitable Kindle Scribe case, so I went with stickers and a clear case. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Texreader Awesome!! 12mo
BooksCoffeeNurse @Texreader Thanks! ❤️ 12mo
peanutnine Rainbow fish!! 💖 12mo
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BooksCoffeeNurse @peanutnine I know. I love Rainbow Fish. Nostalgia. Lol 12mo
dabbe Adorable! ❣️ 12mo
BooksCoffeeNurse @dabbe Thank you! ❤️ 12mo
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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Really enjoying this book so far. The Dry by Jane Harper. #kindlescribe #sundaynightreads 📚💜💕

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Megabooks
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Really enjoyed this mystery. A family, including a 6-year-old boy, are found dead. Was it a murder-suicide or did someone have it out for them? Federal agent Falk returns to town to look into his former best friend‘s death, but rumors abound about Falk‘s involvement in another death 20 years ago. I felt the current storyline was handled better than the past one. I liked how the drought was used to bring out the darkness in this farming town.

CoverToCoverGirl Love her writing! It was a fantastic debut! 12mo
Susanita It felt like the drought was another character in the book. 12mo
Cinfhen This is definitely one of her better books!! She really uses the setting as a character 12mo
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Megabooks @CoverToCoverGirl yes! It didn‘t feel like a debut at all! 12mo
Megabooks @Susanita @Cinfhen the drought, the setting, the heat, I could feel it all as I read! 12mo
Megabooks Also this was my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks 👍🏻 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really enjoyed this one when I read it. 12mo
Lizpixie I can attest that she really gets the feeling of an Aussie small town in drought perfectly. Except there‘s more flies.*gives the great Aussie wave* 12mo
CarolynM What @Lizpixie said. She does the outback thing even better in 12mo
Megabooks @Lizpixie @CarolynM I‘m always happy to hear from the Australian contingent on here!! 👋🏻 She‘s definitely an author I plan to read more of. I first read her Tasmania-set novel. It wasn‘t my favorite, but it stuck with me. I enjoyed this much more. I‘m also excited to get to this gift from @Soubhiville in the Spring…or your Autumn. 😊 12mo
Soubhiville 🤗 12mo
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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #thedry #janeharper #bookbeast #bookjoy #bookbuds #bookchat
What are you reading? 🙌

BoleyBooks @eri.reads I haven‘t read the first one yet. I didn‘t even realize a sequel was coming out. I hope it‘s very entertaining…happy reading! 😊 13mo
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LaraReads
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Really, really enjoyed this one! I don‘t read a whole lot of thrillers, but saw this one suggested in a #52bookclub23 group for #setinaustralia and it was a page-turner! Well, whatever an audiobook page-turner is. The characters are so interesting & the pacing is great. Quick without being confusing, even when the flashbacks are mixed it. And the author does a great job of making pretty much everyone seem like a suspect. I loved it!

LeeRHarry Glad you enjoyed it - Jane Harper always does an excellent job of creating a real sense of place too I feel 😊 13mo
Librarybelle Love this series! 13mo
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Cinfhen Yeah, it‘s a great series!! I just read the newest and I think it was my favorite 13mo
squirrelbrain I love Harper‘s books too. 13mo
KarenUK Only read this one… but really enjoyed it… great choice for the prompt! 13mo
LaraReads @LeeRHarry yes! That‘s a really great description! 13mo
LaraReads @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain this was my first Jane Harper, but I started the 2nd book this morning! 13mo
LaraReads @Cinfhen I remember that book being your #lastfirst I think! Glad to hear you liked it even better! Excited to continue the series. 13mo
LaraReads @KarenUK thanks! But now I‘m realizing maybe I should have used it for the #includesafuneral because I just started the 2nd book and could have used it for the Australia prompt 😂 (edited) 13mo
squirrelbrain Oh, I shuffle prompts about quite often, so don‘t worry about that! 13mo
Cinfhen Same @squirrelbrain !!! Go ahead and mix it around @LaraReads 🎉🎉🎉and good memory… Exiles was my #lastfirst 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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🥶 just thinking about this one makes me cold!! Loved it though! No Exit!

The Dry…

Thunderstorms and rain 🌧️

#SundayFunday

Want to play? @Read4life @mom_of_4 @BooksNBowls

Read4life Thanks for the tag 🤓 14mo
BookmarkTavern Thunderstorms are perfect reading weather! Thanks for sharing! 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ozma.of.oz 💙💙💙 14mo
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Liz_M
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The opposite of dry 😂😂😂 (couldn't capture the fact that it is snowing)

But a good plane book that I picked up thanks to Litsy reviews over the years.

Soubhiville Great photo! The icicles convey the cold wintery feeling just fine! 1y
Anna40 The heat and dry play such an important role in the book. It must be weird to read it surrounded by snow 😁 1y
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mjtwo
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17-8 Nov 22 (audiobook)
Not sure what you call an audio pageturner?

The above image made me picture Eric Bana as Falk, although my sister pointed out that he was probably miscast as Falk was supposed to be visibly at odds with his drought-stricken hometown in the Australian outback, having been a red-head who had never played football or cricket. Nevertheless, looking forward to the film.

A good example of outback noir. Apparently it‘s a thing.

CarolynM I thought Bana was horribly miscast and the film didn‘t do the book justice. Oh well😒 Outback noir is definitely a thing. There are some good ones out there. 1y
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PNWBookseller85
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Love it when you trust an author enough to just take the ride without much thought. Jane Harper and Tana French are my number one mystery writers. I will read anything and everything they write. Just one more Jane Harper to go until I‘ve actually done that too.

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Phelangies
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I am in a heat wave in the west coast reading about Australia also going through a heat wave. I can relate to that for sure. The book was fine and full of mystery. I liked it but probably won‘t remember it after a book or two. Three days is how fast I read it.

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TheRiehlDeal
The Dry | Jane Harper
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#AlphabetGame
#LetterD

I really enjoyed this book set in Australia.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you for playing!! 2y
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DanaManiac
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The Dry is my favorite “D” book. I was gifted it years before I got around to reading it and finished it in 2 days 😂 Thanks for the tag @robinb #AlphabetGame #letterD

robinb I have this one on Kindle (had it for years! 😂) and need to get to it! 🤗 2y
DanaManiac @robinb Oh cool! Maybe this is a sign to move it up 🤣 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2y
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MallenNC This one is so good! 2y
DanaManiac @MallenNC totally! I devoured it 😆 2y
robinb @DanaManiac thanks for the reminder. 😊 2y
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PuddleJumper
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Such a good book, I read it in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down

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mcctrish
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This book is so good!!! I couldn‘t put it down

CoverToCoverGirl Agreed! It was amazing, all the more so because it was her debut. 2y
mcctrish @CoverToCoverGirl REALLY?! Holy smokes she‘s amazing, I need more Jen Harper books 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Yep. You‘ll absolutely love 2y
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MyNamesParadise Be sure to read Force of Nature by Harper. It‘s the second Aaron Falk book and a third Aaron Falk book will be coming out in early 2023 called Exiles. 2y
mcctrish @MyNamesParadise I swore I wasn‘t going to order anymore books until I seriously knock a few 🙄 off my physical TBR shelf ( it‘s in 80s right now ) but I‘m going to probably cave and get this sooner than later 🤣🤣 2y
MyNamesParadise @mcctrish I have soooo many books that I haven‘t read yet. And I continuously have books coming in at the library too. I‘m bombarded by books lol. Jane Harper is so good, although I wasn‘t a fan of her book called The Survivors. 2y
mcctrish @MyNamesParadise boarded by books is the best way to be 🥰🥰 2y
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mcctrish
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Have gardened for HOURS and now it‘s time to read in the tub ( sharkie my reading buddy agrees)

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mcctrish
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Next up ( I love a good dedication)

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Jaimelire
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Finished this one while eating breakfast, had to know what happened. I think the best part of this book was the setting. You can just feel the heat, the dust and drynesses as you read this novel. Well written; I preferred the last half of the book.

CoverToCoverGirl So atmospheric, Australia was the driving force in this book. Loved it! 2y
Jaimelire @CoverToCoverGirl yes, that was definitely what set this book apart! 2y
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BilboBookends
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“The rumors were fed well...and grew fat and solid. They sprouted legs and heads, and they never died.”

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swishandflick
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ERMAHGERD, how did I not know this was turned into a movie?! 😱

vivastory I completely forgot about this adaptation! Thanks for the reminder! 2y
TEArificbooks I think it is free right now on a streaming service. I think the Roku app. 2y
EvieBee Wow! 2y
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Gissy Need to watch it!! 🙌 2y
Lizpixie I absolutely love the book(one of my all time fave aussie reads)so believe me when I say the movie is fabulous! I hardly ever like movie adaptations but Eric Bana is perfect as Aaron Falk and they get the atmosphere of the book perfectly. Highly recommend👍 2y
swishandflick @Lizpixie Aaah, I can't wait! 2y
Christyco125 Whaaat? 🙀 2y
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CuriousG
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Made a quick stop at a new (to me) used bookstore and found these 3 that have been on my list to acquire for quite some time. #bookhaul #usedbooks

janeycanuck The Dry is SO DAMN GOOD and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows went in a direction I never expected. Hope you enjoy them! 2y
CuriousG @janeycanuck I'm looking forward to all of these (for very different reasons). I really like Force of Nature so figured The Dry should be a solid one too. And Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows has been on my list since it came out 🙂 2y
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Amoon
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Set in a small Australian town during an epic drought (the dry), multiple murders cause total mistrust of pretty much everyone. Aaron Falk, a federal investigator living in Melbourne, returns to this hometown that he and his father left years ago. Told in two timelines, we learn that so many people have secrets that see the light of day (or not) during the investigation. I heard that you could feel the heat…you do.

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Rissa1
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I really enjoyed this Audiobook. Perfect for my drives to and from school to drop off and pick up the kids.

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paisleyjess
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Pretty good. I am not sure it lives up to "a secret on every page" like NYT wrote but still an interesting read that I found hard to put down.

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Coleen
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I liked this, but given all the hype, I expected to like it more. Still good, and looking forward to reading more by this author.

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gobecauseyoucan
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Just finished and I really enjoyed this read! Based in Australia, a struggling town comes to grips with a murder and suspicion from a past murder. The characters were interesting and each played a vital role in the discoveries. I was drawn to the Authors writing style in the first page which is rare for me. I found this at the Old Book Barn in Forsyth, Illinois. Great Read! Now onto another Jane Harper…The Lost Man.

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MittenGirlPeach
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THIS was a fabulous read. Terrific mystery and characters, and an exceptionally evocative setting in Australia. Highly recommended if you like literary thrillers. And I see there‘s another book in the series; I already have it on hold at the library. Another of my goals reached for #OutstandingOctober; this was my #DoubleSpin. @TheAromaofBooks

MittenGirlPeach Still not much color in front of the house, but a pretty sunrise nonetheless. And our first frost last night, which is very late for us. Eddy is pictured going about her morning ablutions. 2y
TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed this one as well. I really loved how the landscape was like another character in the story! 2y
Andrew65 Adding this one to my TBR. 2y
MittenGirlPeach @TheAromaofBooks that‘s exactly how I felt. I could feel the heat! 2y
MittenGirlPeach @Andrew65 I think you‘ll enjoy it! 2y
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rachaich
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Yep, o guessed correctly!

Speedy read, some superlative descriptions and a little predictable.
I liked the setting and the male lead. Also the way in which back stories were introduced.

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rachaich
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Page 224 and I reckon I know who dunit...

LapReader 🇦🇺 Tell us then! 3y
rachaich Not giving anything away... ☺☺ 3y
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rachaich
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Not my typical choice of story but chosen by a book club.

SomedayAlmost Really good! 3y
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Susanita
The Dry | Jane Harper

This book is exactly the opposite of a #hurricane but the weather is definitely part of the story. #conflictedworlds

The river isn‘t raging because of a hurricane either, just a couple days of hard rain.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻🙌🏻📚 3y
Eggs Well done 👍🏼📖💙 3y
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Susanita
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This book is exactly the opposite of a #hurricane but the weather is definitely part of the story. #conflictedworlds

The river isn‘t raging because of a hurricane either, just a couple days of hard rain.

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MelKelsey
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Book 92

I listened to The Dry. It's a detective story about two cold murder cases. It is not my favorite Jane Harper novel; the setting was less integral to the plot than I'd hoped. It wasn't exceedingly engaging, and the characters weren't compelling. Maybe it would have been better to read than listen to. ⭐⭐⭐

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Magpiegem
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Book 17 2021 - I finished this one on my hammock this evening. Although I found some of the subject matter difficult to read the writing was exceptional and I will definitely be picking up more by this author. I highly recommend this book but there is a trigger warning for harm to children. Another book ticked off #booked2021 #setinaustralia

Cinfhen Yay!! This one was really atmospheric 💥☀️☺️great choice 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect reading spot! 🌅 3y
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TEArificbooks
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I can see why people like this book.

CoverToCoverGirl Loved it! Australia comes alive in this book. 3y
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inthegreensandblues
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I just saw The Dry at the theater and thought it was a great adaptation. I will read anything Jane Harper writes, but now I'm ready for more Aaron Falk!

Ruthiella I didn‘t know they made it into a feature film! 😀 3y
Laughterhp Oo I didn‘t know this was out in the US. I‘ll need to figure out how to watch it! 3y
inthegreensandblues @Ruthiella @Laughterhp I happened to catch a poster downtown and saw it was playing for one week at my local indie movie theater, but I think it's available on streaming. Not too well advertised here, sadly! 3y
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Magpiegem
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I am finally getting back on my reading track after a couple of months in the weeds. I have some catching up to do!!And next up for #booked2021 is The Dry for #setinaustralia I have to admit I‘m really struggling with this one even though it is very well written due to the nature of the crime. But I‘m persevering!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad you‘ve got your reading mojo back! Sorry the book isn‘t so great. 😎 (edited) 3y
Magpiegem @BarbaraTheBibliophage the book is really good, it‘s just really find child murder hard to read about even if it‘s fictional. So I find myself really tense when I‘m reading it xx 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yeah, I feel the same. Our family went through the tragic death of an 18 year old by car accident (our granddaughter) and I haven‘t been comfortable reading or watching stories about kids in danger since then. Sometimes I still gut through the good ones … but I can‘t do much. 3y
Magpiegem @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry for the loss of your granddaughter. I can‘t begin to imagine how hard it makes reading about children in danger with that experience. Xx 3y
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TEArificbooks
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If my pain meds want to wear off early and wake me up, at least it was a cool morning after a storm. If I can‘t sleep then I will start my day with a new read and an organic cinnamon chai hot tea. Picked this book, because I saw the movie is available to stream.

Decalino I didn't realize there was a movie! I hope it's as good as the book 3y
CoverToCoverGirl Excellent book. Thanks for the tip about the movie. 3y
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Matilda
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Eep got a screener! 🍿

emmaturi Oh looking forward to see this movie! 3y
LeeRHarry Thought this was great ! Eric Bana 💕 3y
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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

I think that I had hyped this up in my head a lot from reading "Force of Nature" first so that's on me but I did like this one overall but I stand by that she has a way o f writing which is why I'm going to keep reading her books ❤⁠
#tbrreadingchallenge #ReadingWomanChallenge #popsugarreadingchallenge