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?
Topical Term: Missing persons
Wilderness areas
Suspense fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250105639
1250105633
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm

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Cas22
Dec 07, 2019

This was an OK book. Not as good as The Dry. Again, it was a murder/mystery, but this time involving a group of female colleagues who were sent on a corporate retreat that involved walking for several days in the rugged Giralong Ranges. They get hopelessly lost, underlying tensions escalate, and then one of them goes missing. The firm they work for is also under secret investigation for money laundering and the missing woman is helping the police by providing incriminating documents. All good stuff, I guess, for a mystery novel but, in truth, the female characters, their issues and their interactions were not particularly authentic. Everything was a bit cliched and superficial and, at times, the storyline strained credibility. The author is obviously not a bush walker! The best moments in the book were the conversations between the male and female detectives who were investigating the money laundering. It’s a pity some of this clever, perceptive dialogue couldn’t have been applied to the women.

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talf
Nov 19, 2019

I can't remember if I finished this or not.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 07, 2019

Excellent! I liked it even better than The Dry, which I liked a lot. Very happy to have found a new mystery series.

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EmilyEm
Apr 13, 2019

Aaron Falk has a new partner Carmen and travels to a remote Australian national park when whistleblower Alice Russell, who’s been helping them, goes missing on a company team-building retreat.

The park’s remoteness and dense vegetation, along with the rainy weather, make for an atmospheric setting. [It was disappointing to learn the park was fictional!] If I had to sum this up in a sentence, I’d say one doesn’t know what they’d do for their family. All the characters carried years-old interpersonal baggage with serious trust issues. Interesting reading. A little contrived.

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NRBBrady
Mar 16, 2019

I didn't realize that this was book #3 so I don't know if reading the earlier ones would have increased my understanding or enjoyment. Overall, I did find this intriguing enough to read it all the way to the end, and the finale was definitely interesting!

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CarolynAnn4
Mar 10, 2019

I found this quite enjoyable as I love this genre and I have enjoyed both books in this series so far. I did enjoy The Dry better as I felt that Aaron's character was more interesting in the first book and, while I was really captivated with the mystery in this one until the end, I did find the ending a little underwhelming. However, definitely worth reading.

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stephaniejoanna
Mar 02, 2019

Another enjoyable mystery thriller by Jane Harper. My only complaint with this one (and I had similar issues with The Dry) is that she has multiple subplots happening but doesn't develop them thoroughly. I wish she would do a better job of fleshing out her storylines and threading them all together instead of ending one with a BANG! and letting the rest fizzle out. Overall, though, a good read and I look forward to carrying on with the series.

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JamesWEwins
Feb 10, 2019

I was lost early on and found little to like in the characters.

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missmarple51
Jan 25, 2019

This was a really suspenseful book! I literally could not put it down. We read this for a book club; so I wasn't aware that there is a 1st book, "The Dry". I gave it 5 stars because the story was very interesting and kept me wanting to read more. It's sort of a Locked Room type of mystery.

JCLMeghanF Jan 11, 2019

What happens when a group of coworkers head into the Australian wilderness for a mandatory team building exercise? One of them might not make it out alive. Harper's tale of a corporate retreat gone horribly wrong is atmospheric, unsettling, and a highly addictive read. Perfect for fans of the BBC series "Top of the Lake," this is one crime drama you won't want to miss.

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