Jane Harper is a mystery author who writes gripping crime novels set in Australia. In addition to her popular Aaron Falk series, she’s also written multiple standalone novels. In this post, I’ve put together all of Jane Harper’s books in order of release date, so you can figure out how you want to read them!
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Who is Jane Harper?
Jane Harper is a British-Australian international bestselling mystery author. She has won multiple awards, including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year.
Jane Harper Books in Order of Release Date
And now, here are all of Jane Harper’s books in order of publication date! Keep in mind that Jane Harper’s Aaron Falk trilogy books were not all released in subsequent years.
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1)
Synopsis: While experiencing a terrible drought, a small community in rural Australia is rocked by a horrific crime. Investigator Aaron Falk returns to his unwelcoming hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend. As questions mount, Falk is forced to dig deeper into the crime – while hiding a secret of his own.
Release date: January 10th, 2017 (U.S.) (First published in Australia in 2016)
Force of Nature (Aaron Falk #2)
Synopsis: Five women set out on a hike in the Australian bushlands during a rugged corporate retreat. Only four make it back. As police investigator Aaron Falk delves into the missing woman’s life, he begins to question if the story the returning women have told is true.
Release date: February 6th, 2018 (U.S.) (First published in Australia in 2017)
The Lost Man (Standalone Novel)
Synopsis: A family of cattle ranchers in the Australian outback mourns the death of their middle brother, the “golden child” of the family. With few suspects in such an isolated place, the eldest brother Nathan – returning to the family after years of exile – is determined to find out what happened.
Release date: February 5th, 2019 (U.S.) (First published in Australia in 2018)
The Survivors (Standalone Novel)
Synopsis: When Kieran Elliott returns to his small coastal hometown in Tasmania with his young family, it dredges up memories of a past reckless mistake that had terrible consequences. But when a body is discovered on the beach, questions from the past resurface – and in the townspeople’s minds, Kieran is an instant suspect.
Release date: February 2nd, 2021 (U.S.) (First published in Australia in 2020)
Exiles (Aaron Falk #3)
Synopsis: A year ago, a baby was found abandoned during a festival – the mother nowhere to be found. Now, the missing woman’s friends and family reunite in the Australian wine country. Detective Aaron Falk is among the guests, celebrating the christening of his godson. He quickly gets pulled into the mystery of the missing woman – and realizes there’s a lot more than meets the eye.
Release date: January 31st, 2023 (U.S.) (First published in Australia in 2022)
Will there be more books in the Aaron Falk series?
No – Jane Harper has stated that The Exiles is the third and final book in her Aaron Falk trilogy.
Do you need to read Jane Harper’s books in order?
Yes – some of them. I recommend reading her Aaron Falk series in order. That way, you can experience the chronological character progression throughout the series. You get more glimpses into Falk’s past with each book, and certain plot points will make more sense if you read these books in order.
You can read her standalone novels – The Lost Man and The Survivors – in any order.
Have any of Jane Harper’s books been made into movies or TV adaptations?
Yes! Jane Harper’s The Dry – book one of the Aaron Falk trilogy – was adapted into a movie starring Eric Bana, released in 2020. The sequel, Force of Nature, is being adapted into a movie as well. It’s set to release in 2023.
If you haven’t read Jane Harper yet, you’re in for a treat! Her books are so atmospheric, and I love the Australian settings. I hope this list of Jane Harper books in order helps you figure out where you want to start!
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