Force of Nature

Author(s): Jane Harper

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Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Force of Nature begs the question: How well do you really know the people you work with?


When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.


But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.


Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk 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?


Praise for Force of Nature:

"All the novel's characters have been drawn with exceptional complexity, and none more so than Aaron Falk...So much more than a conventional detective, the reflective and compassionate Falk provides the book's moral compass." -- New York Times Book Review

"Harper yet again delivers a very satisfying mystery from beginning to end, perfect to curl up with...Stephen Shanahan does an excellent narration with his calm, deep, Australian accented voice." -- BookRiot


"Force of Nature bristles with wit; it crackles with suspense; it radiates atmosphere. An astonishing book from an astonishing writer." -- A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window


"Set against the fascinating backdrop of a wild, rural location in south Australia, Harper's sequel to her acclaimed Ned Kelly Award-winning debut, The Dry, presents an intriguing crime that might not actually exist and potential suspects with realistically complex and possible motives." -- Library Journal

A three day hike into the bush is intended to get five office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone. Something goes wrong and only four walk out after a week of intensive searching. Policeman Aaron Falk has a particular interest in the whereabouts of the missing bush walker; she is the whistle-blower in a case he is currently investigating. Short chapters alternate between events unfolding in the bush and the mounting concern for their whereabouts. Falk discovers that far from encouraging teamwork and resilience, the four survivors each tell a story of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. There was something about the author's first novel, The Dry, that captured the landscape and the people with laser-like accuracy. Similarly with this novel, the elements and the characters are at odds - and there is only so much time. This story lives up to its title and once begun there is no stopping. Mike

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Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, her bestselling first novel, The Dry sold to over twenty territories, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Jane lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter.

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, her bestselling first novel, The Dry sold to over twenty territories, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Jane lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter.

General Fields

  • : 9781743549094
  • : Pan Macmillan Australia
  • : Macmillan Australia
  • : August 2017
  • : 233mm X 154mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 823/.92
  • : 400
  • : Jane Harper
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English