my take: A triple family suicide/murder in a small Australian farming town re-kindles the unsolved murder/suicide from twenty years earlier when the main character returns to town for the funeral of childhood friend.
Everybody's on high alert as the crops and cattle fail in the drought. Maybe it's just the title's suggestion, but it felt dry. The dryness came through in making you want to jump in a pool or drink hardily. (I was sitting between the Mediterranean Sea and a lovely pool)
This is an easy read and kept me guessing who done it. (Good vacay read)
my source: daughter Anne (she carried along to Malta and shared ... big love)
my verdict: good fast read