Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

A recent download is my feature this week, and I can’t wait to dive into this one.  The Dry,  is an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.






Beginning:  (Prologue)

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.

(Chapter One)

Even those who didn’t darken the door of the church from one Christmas to the next could tell there would be more mourners than seats.  A bottleneck of black and gray was already forming at the entrance as Aaron Falk drove up, trailing a cloud of dust and cracked leaves.


56:  Falk braced himself for an outburst, but instead a look of confusion flashed across Deacon’s face.  He shook his head slightly, the loose chicken flesh on his neck rubbing against a dirty collar.

“Why are you back?”  Deacon’s voice was slow and raspy.


Synopsis:  After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.  Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


I have heard such good things about this book, so I am eager to begin.  What do you think?


35 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “THE DRY”

  1. My goodness, that sounds intense. I looked up the author and I see this is a debut novel that won an award before it was even published. Somehow I got the impression it was set in the Midwest (small town?), but Harper is Australian. I will be on the lookout for this one.

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