Jane Harper is a prizewinning British Australian crime novelist.
Val McDermid said of Harper (in her interview for the best crime fiction of 2019), “As usual with Jane Harper, she’s very good at drawing people’s past into their present. There is a whole complex of historical events underpinning this story. It’s about the darkest of family histories.
It’s a gripping read. She writes really well. She writes dialogue particularly well. You have the sense when you’re reading her dialogue that this is the way people speak to each other: it’s not overworked, it’s not affected. It has all those shorthand ways we use in speaking to each other, and I think there’s a real sense here of a writer who is growing with every book.”
Books by Jane Harper
Interviews where books by Jane Harper were recommended
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Throughout the year, as new books are published and the shortlists for prizes are announced, we keep an eye on the mysteries we think might be gripping or fun to read. Here’s our list of the best mysteries of 2023 (so far), put together by Five Books editor, Sophie Roell.