From the author of the Sunday Times top ten bestseller, Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year and CWA Gold Dagger Winner, The Dry.
Jane Harper's new novel, The Lost Man, is out now.
FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK...
Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice's welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.
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 landscape 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The hero of Jane Harper’s blistering debut The Dry, Australian Federal Agent Aaron Falk, returns in an outdoor 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, and she crafts a detailed, air-tight plot that really kept us guessing.