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
Branch Call Number: Fiction Har
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

DCLadults Jan 02, 2019

A New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 pick. Five women head out on a weekend corporate team building exercise in the rugged mountains of Australia, but only four return.

Dec 22, 2018

A good writer weaving a tale from several viewpoints. The ladies of the retreat eventually emerge as a rather unlikeable group . This type of Outward Bound corporate training often will bring out the worst in individuals especially purely urban folk. Rather than bonding together out in the wild they seem to go sort of feral and that is the result here, nastiness to the fore.

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!

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?

Sep 28, 2018

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

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. 😉

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.

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