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Force of Nature

Force of Nature 4

by Jane Harper
Paperback
Publication Date: 26/09/2017
5/5 Rating 4 Reviews
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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.

"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

ISBN:
9781743549094
9781743549094
Category:
Crime & Mystery
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
26-09-2017
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
233x155x30mm
Weight:
0.51kg
Jane Harper

Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight. She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, and during that time gained Australian citizenship. Returning to the UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

On graduating, she completed a journalism entry qualification and got her first reporting job as a trainee on the Darlington & Stockton Times in County Durham. Jane worked for several years as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily Mail, before moving back to Australia in 2008. She worked first on the Geelong Advertiser, and in 2011 took up a role with the Herald Sun in Melbourne.

In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition. That inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown Creative online 12-week novel writing course. She was accepted with a submission for the book that would become The Dry. Jane lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter.

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  • The Force Of Nature - Jane Harper

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kept me thinking and wondering the whole time. I would highly recommend this book, the author has presented a fantastic story.

  • out in the outback...what can go wrong?

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    If you have ever been on a team building exercise day ….you’re going to nod in agreement with much in this book. If you have managed to get out of one, breathe a sigh of relief. If you’re about to go on one….maybe keep this book for when you get back

    Received a gorgeous signed proof by the author and because of the love I have for The Dry, I shut out the world and tucked in. WHOAH! What a reading experience that was! Read some in the park beside the trees….haha there’s a top tip right there. Ok so it was on a park bench but in my head I was lost, with a backpack and torch and wandering in the forest late at night.

    If you’re worried this second outing won’t pack a punch then you’re wrong. It’s set in the Australian bush and the way Jane weaves and evokes this in the novel is simply stunning. She appreciates and loves nature, if you’ve never been to the bush, every snap of a branch, the rustle of the leaves will make your hair stand on end.

    Full review to follow nearer the time – but this is raw, brutal and utterly compelling. Characters well rounded and developed, none of whom I’d like to go on trek with mind and I could feel the heavy clouds, the forest closing in and see the fear on their faces despite the pitch black.

    There are some crazy mixed up people working for the company in this novel but just how far would you go to protect someone? LOTS of juicy questions to ask yourself here. From The Dry to the wet, howling winds and dark forests of the forces of nature then Jane Harper has written from the extremes of one weather radar to another. Turns out she should be on your reading radar too if she’s not already.

  • another excellent example of Aussie Crime Fiction

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    “It wasn’t any one thing that went wrong, it was a hundred little things. It all kept adding up until it was just too late.”

    Force of Nature is the second book in the Aaron Falk series by award-winning Australian journalist and author, Jane Harper. A late-night call has AFP agent Aaron Falk and his Financial Intelligence Unit partner Carmen Cooper heading for the Giralong Ranges. A corporate team-building weekend has gone wrong and one of the participants, Alice Russell, is missing. Alice is the whistle-blower in their current case, so Falk and Cooper are concerned that her actions have been exposed to their target, resulting in some sort of retaliatory action.

    But when they arrive, the local Police Sergeant shares his own concerns: that Alice may be a victim of Sam Kovac, the son of notorious serial killer, Martin Kovac, whose killing field was in the Giralang Ranges. And as they question the remaining members of the party, they become aware of just how unpopular Alice was with her colleagues. Could she have come to harm at their hands? Or has the pressure simply become too much, prompting her to disappear off the scene? Has it anything to do with certain photos and clips spreading on social media?

    Falk’s second outing is easily as fine as his first. The narrative alternates between Falk’s observations as he investigates, and the account of events during the weekend from the perspective of each of the four remaining participants. It soon becomes apparent that none of those questioned is completely candid about what happened, or what they know. The storyline is highly credible, with several twists and red herrings keeping the reader guessing right up to the exciting climax.

    Harper effortlessly evokes the Australian winter mountain landscape, and her characters are typical of those one might encounter in an office environment. Falk’s inner monologue and his dialogue with Cooper give the reader insight into his career choice and personal history, and reinforce his integrity. This is another excellent example of Aussie Crime Fiction and, whether or not it features Aaron Falk, more from Jane Harper will be eagerly anticipated.

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