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Jane Harper is a British-Australian bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man, The Survivors, and Exiles. Her books have won many awards, including the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year by the British Book Awards, and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year.

Ms. Harper was born in Manchester, England, and then her family moved to Australia when she was eight years old. She spent several years in Boronia, Victoria, and was awarded Australian citizenship.

She studied history and English at Kent University in Canterbury. Her very first reporting job was as an apprentice in County Durham. She worked for several years as Hull Daily Mail’s senior news journalist before later moving to Australia in 2008.

The Dry is her first novel and the first book in the Aaron Falk trilogy. The Dry is followed by Force of Nature and Exiles.

The Dry is one of those books that has everything – an equivocal setting, great writing, interesting character development, and numerous twists and turns. It is exceedingly hard to believe that this is Jane Harper’s first book because the writing feels like the work of a virtuoso.

Harper begins by introducing Aaron Falk, a federal agent. Agent Falk returns to Kiewarra, an exceedingly small and rural town in Australia, where he was raised. His childhood friend has passed away, together with his friend’s son and wife. As a matter of fact, his return is not by choice. The father of the deceased man threatens Aaron that he will reveal a secret if he does not attend the burial.

The book’s plot is full of unexpected twists and turns. What is great about this novel is the atmosphere that the author has created. Ms. Harper has managed to deliver an exceedingly clever, impressive, suspenseful and very descriptive read. This book has been well written and has been told in a tandem with a mystery that happened in the past and events unraveling in the present.

Force of Nature is the second book in the Aaron Falk series. Five colleagues head out on a corporate retreat in the wilderness which sees them walking down a muddy path. When they arrive at their destination, one of the women doesn’t make it back. Each one of her companions on the trip is telling a different story of what happened to her. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk sets to find out what happened to the missing hiker. The search will take him deep into the forest and into a tangled web of the personal and professional relationships of the hikers.

Aaron Falk returns in Exiles. This book takes him to a small town in Southern Australia wine country for a vacation to a friend’s baby’s christening. Despite him being off the clock, mystery has a way of following Falk. A year ago at a busy town festival, Kim Gillespie went missing after putting her baby into a stroller. Kim’s older daughter is still looking for answers which catches the attention of Falk and his friend Raco. Falk finds himself accepted into Kim’s group friends and family, but he has questions about the group as it may be more fractured than it appears to be. Long-ago truths will emerge which only lead to more, dark questions.

Ms. Harper’s books have been adapted to the big screen. The Dry was released in 2021 and Force of Nature in 2022,
both starring Eric Bana as Aaron Falk.

The Survivors is a standalone novel from Jane Harper. Kieran Elliott is haunted by the guilt of a mistake he made years ago. That guilt comes surging back when he and his young family go to visit his former home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in the town and the absence of his brother Finn is still felt. Drama ensues when a body is discovered on the beach which could lead to long-held secrets coming to the surface. Questions of a sunken wreck and a missing girl, the kind that have never went away.

Another standalone novel by Jane Harper is The Lost Man. This book follows two brothers who meet in the Australian outback after their other brother is found dead. Nathan and Bub find their brother dead at the fence line separating their cattle ranches in the outback. Cameron was the middle child and something made him head out alone under the sun. Bub, Nathan, and Nathan’s son head to Cameron’s ranch to grieve the loss with his family. However, suspicion starts to take hold and Nathan begins to question some of the family’s long-held secrets. Did someone force Cameron to his death? If so, there aren’t too many suspects in the outback.

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5 Responses to “Jane Harper”

  1. Horia Mitroiu: 5 days ago

    From Romania. warm appreciation !
    I look forward to your next books.

  2. Kathy Rhatigan: 6 months ago

    Was given your name when requested a referral from the librarian last year, and I’ve read all your books to date. Anxiously awaiting for the next.

  3. Jackie Somma: 12 months ago

    Ms Harper, saw “The Dry” in a display at my library and took it home. Loved it! Looked you up to find more. Just finished “Force of Nature” and loved it. Went on the Internet hoping to find more that you have written and happily found three!!! I will read each one and then anxiously await others. You’re really good! I’m so glad you started writing fiction and I hope you continue to! Meantime I hope life is being good to you and to those you love. Thank you for your work.

  4. Janet Brewer: 1 year ago

    I’m a big fan of both Baldacci and Grisham. After reading all their books, I wanted a new author. Actually noticed your book because of Baldacci comment of cover. Someone had suggested you as well. Haven’t finished your first book yet, but I can tell you will be a favorite. Great writer. Love your characterizations and I love a mystery!

  5. Pamela Solomon: 2 years ago

    Just discovered your books. I’m always looking for a new author to follow. Love your cadence of writing. I was hooked by the time I finished the prologue of “The Dry”. Thank you.


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