Federal agent Aaron Falk is drawn back to the small Australian town of his boyhood, one he had left following the mysterious drowning of a lovely girl he knew in high school. The reason for his return is horrid---the funeral for his boyhood friend Luke and Luke's wife and son, in an apparent murder-suicide.
In the course of this mystery/police procedural/character-driven novel, both mysteries are gradually solved. I was misdirected by red herrings along the way, but the author ties it all up in a skillful and satisfying way.
The author used an unusual but comfortable style, in which flashbacks to the first death are interspersed in italics, when appropriate, with the ongoing investigation of the present-day deaths. I thought the style was clear and easy to read, and made both puzzles get unraveled consecutively and gradually.
"The Dry" refers to a long-term drought from which the area is suffering, and it becomes part of the plot, to earn its place in the title.
Sometimes a good mystery/thriller is just what I want, and this one was well-written and kept me guessing till the end. ----I read that Reese Witherspoon has optioned the film rights, so she too must have noted the engrossing characters and plot.