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Force of Nature

A Novel

by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper
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    Feb 6, 2018
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, when a hiker goes missing, secrets and betrayal among friends are exposed, and Agent Aaron Falk will find out what happened.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges on the corporate retreat is meant to take the office workers out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. But one of the women doesn't make it.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - in just a matter of weeks she was due to help him bring down both the company she works for and the people she works with.

In an investigation that takes Falk from isolated bushland to city headquarters, he discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder? This is as atmospheric, tense, and explosive as the bestselling The Dry, and marks the continuation of a terrific new series.

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Maureen R. (Alamo, CA)

Forces at work in Force of Nature
Force of Nature, by Jane Harper, is an intelligent, suspenseful, and tension filled novel. As with The Dry, Harper uses Australia's challenging physical environment as yet another character to consider in solving a crime. While five women begin a harrowing corporate team building adventure in the Australian bush, only four return. Agent Aaron Falk, once again, must solve a crime that originates as corporate misconduct and ends with possible murder. Family plays an important role in finding answers, family business and family dynamics, but there are many other forces at work here. Both Mother Nature and human nature are participants, and in this page turning thriller, we experience the cruel and contentious side of both. By nature, we are a curious lot and Force of Nature keeps us on the edge of our seats and guessing until the very end!

Sherrie R. (Fort Worth, TX)

Looking for a terrific mystery to lose yourself in?
Federal Agents Falk and Cooper are anxiously waiting to hear from their undercover source of a company they are investigating. At the same time the members are on an Outward Bound type of retreat in the deep woods. Five women go in but only four come out. What happens is told by alternating points of view, from the agents waiting on the outside....and the women who are confronted with multiple issues as they try to find their way out.
This is a fast paced thriller I couldn't put down.
Will definitely look for other books from this author.

Laure R. (Fresno, CA)

Author's 2nd Novel Doesn't Disappoint
Set in the rugged Australian Bush, a corporate retreat designed for "team building" goes horribly wrong.

The terrain and climate are described beautifully as are the five women participating with complicated back stories and interesting ties to one another. I was left with a very clear vision of the land and the physical challenges her characters experienced.

The author in her debut novel "The Dry" introduced Aaron Falk, a federal police officer, and I was most happy to find him returning as a strong character in this book as well. I sincerely hope to find him again in her next book.

I found this book filled with suspense and surprise. It was extremely hard to put down. I recommend it to all.

Dona N. (San Rafael, CA)

Australian Mystery with Tangled Secrets
In her new book, Jane Harper places protagonist Australian Federal Agent Aaron Falk in a very different setting than she did in "The Dry", her first novel – this time it is wet – the rainy Giralang Ranges. A woman in whom Falk and his partner have an (undisclosed) interest has gone missing during a wilderness corporate team building experience. The author gives the story line from the perspective of several different narrators in a mystery as compelling as "The Dry". The book passes my test –the reader COULD have solved the mystery with the information provided – although perhaps unlikely. There are a few references to Falk's experience in "The Dry". They are cleverly written so that reading the previous book is not a prerequisite to reading the present one, but enough to make a reader of "The Dry" feel closer to our protagonist. I enjoyed this book very much; it's another page turner that transports the reader to Australia and keeps us guessing until the end.

Deborah C. (Seattle, WA)

Force of Nature
Having read Jane Harper's first novel, The Dry, I was really looking forward to Force of Nature, and I was not disappointed! In both novels, location plays a central role in the story, and the author does an excellent job of making you feel like you are right there with the characters. Force of Nature tells the story of an unexplained disappearance during a corporate team-building exercise in the wilderness, moving back and forth in time, which heightens the tension and makes the book a real page-turner. It's a quick read, and very enjoyable. Highly recommend!

DeAnn A. (Denver, CO)

Mystery in Australian Mountains
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the return of Aaron Falk. I feel like this character is so complex and we learn a bit more about him in each book. Harper does a great job of putting the reader into the setting of each book. This time, it's in rugged mountain terrain, the Giralang Ranges, with an old unsolved murder case in the mix. A team-building retreat gone wrong ends with one of the women missing in the mountainous terrain. There is an interesting mix of characters in this book and I enjoyed speculating what happened to the missing woman. Needless to say, I was way off in my guess! It was easy for me to give this one five stars, I struggled to find a flaw. Another marvelous book in the Aaron Falk series!

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Jane Harper Author Biography

Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight. She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, and during that time gained Australian citizenship.

Returning to the UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for 13 years both in Australia and the UK.

The Dry, her first novel, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015. Rights have since been sold in more than 20 territories and been optioned for a film by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea's production company, Pacific Standard

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