Review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Published by Flatiron Books on February 6, 2018
Series: Aaron Falk #2
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Edelweiss

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I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss.

Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: 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?

Five women set out into the remote bushland of Australia. Only four of them return.

What begins as a workplace team-building adventure quickly turns sinister when Alice Russell goes missing. As federal agent Aaron Falk delves into the case, he uncovers the numerous tensions between the remaining women, all of whom had a tenuous relationship with Alice. But despite the fact that no one liked Alice, could any of them be capable of murder? Or is it possible that Alice simply walked away from their camp, as the women claim?

The Australian outback becomes a character in itself, with its foreboding presence and devastating secrets. Told in alternating timelines and points of view, Harper creates a taut psychological thriller. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading The Dry, also by Harper.

Rating: 5 stars


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