Force of Nature

Force of Nature

A Novel

Book - 2018
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When one member of a five-woman team of co-workers goes missing during a corporate retreat, federal police agent Aaron Falk uncovers dark secrets in his search for the woman, a whistleblower and major contributor to his latest case.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250105639
1250105633
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm

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When Detective Falk learns that an informant went missing during a corporate team building exercise in the bush, he realizes that she tried to call him in the middle of the night. Harper once again creates a compelling, fast-paced, and atmospheric mystery set in a remote wilderness area of Austra... Read More »


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TSCPL_Miranda Aug 09, 2018

A quick read with some good twists and turns, really enjoyable and well-paced. One of those books that is so hard to stop reading until you sort everything out, for sure. Themes include bullying, addiction, and the powerful love of parents. I would have appreciated a little deeper character development, but the setting in the Australian bush and un-put-down-able-ness go a long ways in making up for it.

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Rachelc24
Jul 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book.. forced to go on a corporate retreat with people I don't really like or get along with. I'd go crazy too. All the characters in this book have some type of flaw.
Its a good little mystery that becomes a page turner. You can feel the trees closing in on you and the hopeless feeling of being lost. Very well done.

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athena14
Jun 27, 2018

"Hell is other people." (Jean-Paul Sartre, "No Exit") IMO, Aaron and Carmen just waste pages.

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zcch55
May 21, 2018

Highly recommended book with realistic characters. Starts a bit slow but then becomes “unput-downable”. Would make a great movie.
Read her first book, The Dry, and totally enjoyed that one also.

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wardlind
May 19, 2018

Jane Harper is my new favorite author. Her characters are totally human and believable. Dialogue is real and the storyline has lots of twists and turns so kept me turning pages. Set in current day Australia, it's a great change of pace for mystery fans from the usual American or British procedurals or the heavy-duty Scandinavian dark mysteries. Highly recommend.

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mamabadger56
May 18, 2018

A terrific novel for mystery lovers. A group of women become lost in the woods during a workplace excursion; when they are found, one of them is missing, and accounts vary. The police are called in to search for her, and to find an explanation. Harper maintains the suspense throughout, revealing the truth slowly, bit by bit; allowing for many possible explanations and deftly playing with the reader's assumptions and expectations right to the end.

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lrs1107
May 12, 2018

A very worthy successor to Jane Harper's THE DRY.

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Reads_A_Lot
Apr 30, 2018

Didn’t like this one as well as the first book in the series. Seemed strange that the main character was just a bystander and not really active in solving the case. All 5 women involved in the mystery were unlikeable. Put these two things together and it was hard to be drawn into the story. Set up for the third book looks like it might be better, so I won’t give up on the series yet.

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lpreston214
Apr 26, 2018

Another riveting mystery/thriller from newcomer Harper with agent Aaron Falk. I love this author's books! This one starts with a group of women on a corporate retreat walking out of the Australian bush bruised, battered and very overdue. Five women entered but only four come out. The story is told in the present, concentrating on our financial fraud agents, and in flashbacks telling what happened in the bush. The alternating chapters get shorter and shorter as the two stories converge. Very good character development and un-put-down-able tension. One of my best of the year so far.

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wyenotgo
Apr 23, 2018

Right from the start,, I have several complaints: First of all, the structure and voicing: The narrative is told entirely in the third person but from the perspectives of multiple characters (Agent Falk; Jill Bailey; Beth Mckenzie; Bree Mckenzie; Lauren Shaw; back and forth it goes). How can the writer possibly speak from within the consciousness of so many different people with any sort of credibility?
Next, there's the character of Alice: Dramatic tension needs to center around this woman who has gone missing and who may have been placed in a vulnerable position; as a reader, I need to care about her welfare; but I don't. There is nothing engaging about her. She and the rest of them, a hundred pages in, still remain shadowy, inconsequential, one-dimensional. And the writing style doesn't help: Dull, flat, impersonal, colorless.
Finally, there's the overall set-up: A police plant, possibly an unwilling one; a seemingly poisonous work environment; suspicion of some corporate wrongdoing; an over-privileged bunch of company wonks on a "team building" exercise that all of them resent. NO ONE is liking what is going on here. And neither am I. I say to hell with the lot of them, I just wanted to get to the end and move on.

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