Force of Nature by Jane Harper


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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.

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My thoughts:

I read and enjoyed The Dry when it came out first so I was looking forward to catching up with Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk in the next installment. In Force of Nature, a woman disappears on a team-building retreat. This woman is a whistleblower in a case that Aaron is working on, so it is in his best interests to investigate her disappearance.

What follows is a tale packed with secrets and lies. Each of the women who were with Alice all have something to hide, and it makes for a very interesting read because its difficult to know who or what to believe. Falk finds himself entangled in a web of deception, and he has to work really hard to try and see the bigger picture.

For me, Force of Nature was better than The Dry. I got sucked into the story very quickly, and I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on. I am a big fan of location-driven books, and Force of Nature is another good one. Set in Australia, the unforgiving bush landscape adds another dimension to the narrative.

Force of Nature is a good book to add to your TBR. Especially if you’re a fan of Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies etc.) mixed in with police procedurals. That’s kind of what it felt like to me when I was reading it.

Recommended for sure!

Previous reviews:

The Dry by Jane Harper

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