Review by Norma: The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1)The Dry by Jane Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  March 19 to 21, 2017

Holy Cow!  What a wonderful book!  This book definitely had all my senses on high alert while reading this one!

The mood, the atmosphere, the setting, the tone, the format…..

“Her goodbye as she left was as dry as the fields.”

THE DRY by JANE HARPER is an absolutely engrossing and compelling whodunit crime mystery / thriller that drew me in right from the very first chapter to the very last page!

JANE HARPER delivers a clever, atmospheric, suspenseful, impressive, and very descriptive read here which was well-written and told in tandem from a past mystery and linking events of a family murder in the present.  What really grabbed my attention with this story was the extremely vivid portrayal of place and time.  The setting surrounding the dry conditions of this small town in Australia was so vivid that it had me desperately wanting and waiting for the rain to pour!

The novel kept me guessing as the mysteries gradually unfolded, although there was nothing real surprising with the reveal it was the way that the author delivered this story that made this book an exceptional read.  I also really enjoyed Aaron Falk’s character and will wait patiently to read the next book in this series.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, exciting, tense, steady-paced, and a quick read with a very satisfying ending. Highly recommend!!


Thoughts by Brenda:  That Night by Chevy Stevens

That NightThat Night by Chevy Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read March 17-19, 2017

I am now a Chevy Stevens fan. This is the second book I have read by her and will not be my last. I own three more of her books that I am really excited to read.

That Night was just the perfect read at the right time for me. What a fun, easy and enjoyable read this was for me.

Chevy Stevens delivers a gripping story of a murder with secrets, betrayal and heartache that had me feeling angry and sad but not weighing me down with emotions. With just the right amount of suspense and tension to keep me turning the pages as fast as I could.

The story is told from misunderstood and resentful teenager Toni’s perspective shifting easily between the past, leading up to the murder and incarceration and the present after she is released from jail for the murder of her sister. We see her go from the teenager she was to a cautious, closed off women trying to stay out of trouble after she is released. Struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. However the past is still hanging over her and threatening her future and she must find the truth.

Just the right amount of grit and shocking events with twist and turns that kept me guessing until the satisfying end. I highly recommend.

Thoughts by Brenda:  Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Desperation RoadDesperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Listened March 13-19, 2017

I listened to Desperation Road on audiobook and the narration was a bit distracting for me. I would really suggest reading a print copy of this one. Besides that I really enjoyed this wonderful, perfectly paced, heartfelt story filled with some characters with quiet desperation and others with violent desperation.

We hear mostly from moody and loner Russell and gritty, beaten down, Maben who are struggling to leave the past behind them. However secrets, old mistakes and revenge can make for a desperate road. We follow along and learn their stories with their road taken until their lives intersect and we learn how their past connects them. We also hear Larry’s story as we understand his self hate, his rage and violent revenge.

The warmth to the story, the tender relationships and moments give hope for redemption and balances well with this story. I highly recommend.