Force of Nature
'Even more impressive than The Dry' Sunday Times
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'Once again Harper leaves you gagging to know who did what' Evening Standard
'Places Harper in the elevated company of the authors she most admires: Val McDermid, Gillian Flynn and Lee Child' Daily Mail
'Powerful, intriguing and recommended...Harper is wonderful at evoking fear and unease' The Times
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.
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.