Opening Hook: I didn’t want to be involved as much as the lead didn’t
Main Character: Reluctant hero, personality missing
Plot Twisty-ness: You know who did it
Ok, I’ll do it! I’ll go against the majority on this one! HERE I COME MARTYRDOM.
But really, I have to say I found The Dry, to be, well, rather dry.
Yeah, the writing is technically good. The characters are fleshed out enough. The setting was different from the usual for me. There was a crime with a mystery to it. Past and present storylines were interwoven, and that can be tricky to do.
So, on the surface, it checked all the boxes.
But, I just found it kind of boring. Again, I gotta say dry.
I think perhaps I’m not a huge fan of cold case style mystery – where the predominant crime is old or closed. There’s no real crime scene to immerse yourself in. There’s no immediacy to the investigation.
And both crimes in this book fit this category, but the attention each was given felt lopsided. The murders of Luke Hadler and his family was the most recent, it is what pulled Falk back to his shitty hometown. This is what he’s supposed to be investigating, it’s where the red herrings and misdirection come into play, but the characters seemed too emotionally focused on the death of Falk’s friend Ellie from 20 years ago, while no one cared too much about Luke except for his parents.