Force of Nature

Force of Nature

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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?
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250105639
1250105633
Branch Call Number: F HAR NVD
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm

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Aaron Falk is a Federal Police Agent in Australia with a troubled past, investigating crimes in the small towns hiding big secrets. Pick up The Dry and Force of Nature for a thrilling page-turner in the extreme landscapes of Australia!


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Jane Harper’s first book, The Dry, took us into the punishingly hot Australian outback. Now, Detective Aaron Falk and his new partner, Carmen, are sent into the heavy, close, jungle-like Giralang Mountain Ranges.

Alice Russell, one of five women on a corporate team-building trail retreat, has disappeared. Tensions between the returning survivors are high, and Aaron and Carmen must get to the bottom of what happened – as well as hope to find Alice in a race against time and nature.

I can’t convey how excellent Harper is at creating tension and atmosphere, and I can’t convey how masterfully she balances the mystery with a sense of simmering tension. I should also mention that each of her mysteries is impressively real. The situation and characters (and detectives!) all feel natural and organic – nothing far-fetched to be found.

Engaging, human mystery with a real sense of pervasive danger set against nature’s stunning (and vicious) backdrop – this should be on your reading list. (Submitted by Veronica)

DPLjulie Oct 31, 2018

Jane Harper is my new favorite. Aaron Falk is a fascinating character to follow, as a bonus to the in-depth exploration of the strengths and flaws of the group and its members. Start with The Dry. Can't wait for the third!

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TimeaEmily2000
Oct 19, 2018

Excited to read this one. I loved The Dry.

ArapahoeSarahD Oct 09, 2018

After reading "The Dry" and it's parched landscape, this story is a refreshing addition to the life story of Agent Falk. When a team building trip goes wrong, who is to blame? Has the past come back to haunt this chilly and secluded landscape?

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weezie1
Sep 28, 2018

Borrowed - returned Sept 28th - a #2 in a series - no not read a series

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ValinOR14
Aug 25, 2018

Oh my gosh! What a FANTASTIC book!! I don't know how the author did it, but I felt like I was the sixth woman on the retreat with the other five. Gritty. Fascinating. Feral. I found the chapters about Falk and his partner, Carmen, to be very interesting, as well, but THE WOMEN. Wow. Sometimes backstories feel a bit like filler to me, but not in this book. It was ALL interesting. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Write faster, Jane. Write faster. 😉

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profiguana
Aug 24, 2018

This book deserved some serious editing prior to publication. There is little to no character development, but a set of sketches tied together by an unconvincing narrative, which is itself organized by a contrived temporal bifurcation that is an attempt to cleverly unwind the 'suspense' of the mystery. It appears as if the author suffered from the class sophomore slump after a successful first novel.

TSCPL_Miranda Aug 09, 2018

A quick read with some good twists and turns, really enjoyable and well-paced. One of those books that is so hard to stop reading until you sort everything out, for sure. Themes include bullying, addiction, and the powerful love of parents. I would have appreciated a little deeper character development, but the setting in the Australian bush and un-put-down-able-ness go a long ways in making up for it.

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Rachelc24
Jul 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book.. forced to go on a corporate retreat with people I don't really like or get along with. I'd go crazy too. All the characters in this book have some type of flaw.
Its a good little mystery that becomes a page turner. You can feel the trees closing in on you and the hopeless feeling of being lost. Very well done.

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athena14
Jun 27, 2018

"Hell is other people." (Jean-Paul Sartre, "No Exit") IMO, Aaron and Carmen just waste pages.

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