From the international bestselling author of The Dry and new novel The Survivors.
Lost, Cold, Desperate ... Danger Runs Deep
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 is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.
Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.
Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.
WINNER OF THE READERS' CHOICE DAVITT AWARD 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SPECSAVERS (UK) NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
PRAISE FOR FORCE OF NATURE
"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
"I loved The Dry. Force of Nature is even better. Brilliantly paced, it wrong-foots the reader like a rocky trail through the bush" Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown
"Lord of the Flies in the Australian outback, with grown women in place of school boys. I loved every chilling moment of it. A blistering follow-up to The Dry from one of the best new voices in crime fiction" Sarah Hilary, author the DI Marnie Rome series
"...once again Harper manages to touch on something mythic in the Australian experience of the land" The Age
"The narrative is finely constructed, with perfectly measured pace and suspense. So much so that it reminded me of another master of form, Liane Moriarty. As with Moriarty, Harper has that rare touch that manages to cross the genre divide and appeal more widely to general readers" The Saturday Paper
"Harper's mastery of pace makes Force Of Nature one of 2017's best thrillers" Elle Magazine
"Gripping thriller will have readers hooked" The Sunday Telegraph
"Force of Nature proves Jane Harper, author of The Dry, is no one-hit wonder. Its premise is instantly gripping" The Herald Sun
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Australian Federal Agent Aaron Falk—the hero of Jane Harper’s blistering debut The Dry—returns in a thriller that investigates how fear and seclusion can warp the human psyche. When a woman goes missing during a corporate retreat in dense bushland, suspicion lingers over a number of people, and Falk discovers he has professional and personal connections to the case. Harper evokes the sinister isolation of the bush superbly, crafting a detailed, air-tight plot that really kept us guessing.
Australian author Harper follows her bestselling debut, The Dry, with a gripping tale of an elemental battle for survival. Federal agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper are investigating the role of a respected Melbourne accounting firm in an extensive money-laundering scheme with the help of insider source Alice Russell. Then she vanishes during a team-building wilderness expedition that includes the chief executives of the company she has been working to expose. Pressed by their bosses to get the remaining documents needed for the probe and worried that Alice may have met with foul play, Falk and Carmen head for the rugged Giralang Ranges to aid in the search. Once in the bushland, they discover that the beautiful, brainy, but unabashedly cruel Alice had no dearth of enemies, ranging from her bullied assistant to a fellow executive who's been her frenemy since their years together at an exclusive private school. Although certain plot strands seem contrived, Harper once again shows herself to be a storytelling force to be reckoned with.
Force of nature
Force of nature
Just as good as The Dry. Couldn’t put it down. Cannot wait for her next novel
I really enjoyed this book almost until the end but felt like one plot line was not completed and the ending to the main plot line was not overly was average at best. Disappointing!