Force of Nature by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper was one of my absolute favourite reads of 2017, so I couldn’t wait to read her second novel, Force of Nature. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed by it.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that police officer Aaron Falk, from The Dry, was the main character, although this doesn’t really feel like a series. There’s no clunky flashbacks to The Dry, in fact there are barely any references to it at all and it’s definitely not necessary to read it first (although I would still recommend it, just because it is a fantastic novel).

Five women, all colleagues at the same firm, set off for a weekend team-building trek in the Australian bush. But only four of them make it back. The missing woman is Alice Russell, who happened to be the whistleblower in Falk’s latest case. She knew secrets about the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Was the company involved in her disappearance in some way?

This is a really atmospheric and claustrophobic read, which just seems to get better and better. It starts with Alice’s disappearance, then flicks between the search for the missing woman and what really happened to the group of unwilling hikers in the days and hours leading up to her disappearance. The group argue a lot on their hike and none of them seem very likeable characters. You really feel the women’s hopelessness at their plight.

But do the other women know more than they are letting on about Alice’s disappearance? And will Aaron ever get the information he needs for his case?

This is a fantastic read and I certainly didn’t guess the outcome. If you enjoy a mystery and something quite dark, you will love Force of Nature.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This sounds like a book you can really get stuck into, I’ve really got into this sort of genre over the past year! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    • I absolutely love this genre and this a particularly high quality example! I’m sure you would enjoy it.

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  2. I’m adding them both to my ‘books to buy’ list. I do like it when books follow on but don’t, as you put it, include clunky flashbacks.

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    • I’m sure you will love these! There’s hardly any reference to the first book at all because they really are completely unrelated, apart from the same detective, and they are both brilliant reads.

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    • It would definitely make a good Christmas present. It’s one of my favourite reads of 2018.

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    • I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, it’s a brilliant read!

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