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Spooky Australian Fiction
Reviewed in Australia on 11 May 2020
Aaron Falk returns to Kierwarra to attend his best friend Luke Hadler’s funeral, it’s assumed he committed suicide after murdering his wife Karen, son Billy and yet baby Charlotte survived and was found crying in her cot? Twenty years ago Ellie Deacon drowned in Kierwarra, was it really an accident, now four people to die in suspicious circumstances and what are the chances of that happening?
After two years of drought tempers are short in Kierwarra and the atmosphere is tense. Aaron only planned to stay a few days but he begins looking into the death of his childhood mate Luke Hadler and his family and it doesn’t make any sense. Luke got into a bit of trouble as a teen; he grew up, got married and had two kids.
The dry looks at life in a small country town; it’s hot, dusty, boring and has its secrets. Like many towns its surrounded by bush and scrub, you go for a walk and it’s creepy, you jump at any noise, dry grass moving, a twig snaps and you want to run. In Kierwarra things have been covered up, the local police want to close the case, it’s a murder and suicide, and they don’t want some detective from Melbourne snooping around. I really enjoyed The Dry, it has the right amount of that creepy feeling, it keeps you guessing and five stars from me.