“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” With those words, Aaron Falk is recalled to the town he abandoned twenty years before. Kiewarra is a literal and figurative powderkeg: the worst drought in decades has turned the landscape into kindling waiting for a spark, and turned the desperate townspeople into a mob waiting for an excuse.
Aaron just might be that excuse: he and his father were driven out when he was a teen, accused of the murder of a local girl. Few in Kiewarra have forgotten the incident, or the slender alibi that saved his life—provided by his best friend, Luke.
The same man who may have executed his entire family before killing himself.
The Dry is a taut, brooding debut from Aussie journalist Jane Harper. Her next book lands in the US and UK in 2018.