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Force of Nature - Jane Harper

Paperback Published: 29th May 2018
ISBN: 9781760554767
Number Of Pages: 384

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Five women go on a hike. Only four return.

When a group of colleagues are forced to participate in a team-building exercise in the Giralang Ranges, they reluctantly start walking down the muddy track.

But Alice Russell doesn't appear at the other end. Her last phone call was to Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk.

Alice is the whistleblower in his latest corporate fraud case and as he pursues the investigation, Falk uncovers a tangled web of suspicion and betrayal.

How well do we know the people we work with?

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This book held me captive. The plot twisted right to the end

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I found the protagonist really relatable. I would like to see more of him unfold in future stories. I love the twist of the storyline and especially that they contain experiences of Australia that I can perceive as real. I find the plot and choice of language relatable. I particularly like not having to go through sex scenes and profound swearing. The allusion to them is enough to know the direction is things are headed, without a description of what is happening to body parts. LOVED this book and it's predecessor.

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Excellent Aussie Crime Fiction

5

"It wasn't any one thing that went wrong, it was a hundred little things. It all kept adding up until it was just too late." Force of Nature is the second book in the Aaron Falk series by award-winning Australian journalist and author, Jane Harper. A late-night call has AFP agent Aaron Falk and his Financial Intelligence Unit partner Carmen Cooper heading for the Giralong Ranges. A corporate team-building weekend has gone wrong and one of the participants, Alice Russell, is missing. Alice is the whistle-blower in their current case, so Falk and Cooper are concerned that her actions have been exposed to their target, resulting in some sort of retaliatory action. But when they arrive, the local Police Sergeant shares his own concerns: that Alice may be a victim of Sam Kovac, the son of notorious serial killer, Martin Kovac, whose killing field was in the Giralang Ranges. And as they question the remaining members of the party, they become aware of just how unpopular Alice was with her colleagues. Could she have come to harm at their hands? Or has the pressure simply become too much, prompting her to disappear off the scene? Has it anything to do with certain photos and clips spreading on social media? Falk's second outing is easily as fine as his first. The narrative alternates between Falk's observations as he investigates, and the account of events during the weekend from the perspective of each of the four remaining participants. It soon becomes apparent that none of those questioned is completely candid about what happened, or what they know. The storyline is highly credible, with several twists and red herrings keeping the reader guessing right up to the exciting climax. Harper effortlessly evokes the Australian winter mountain landscape, and her characters are typical of those one might encounter in an office environment. Falk's inner monologue and his dialogue with Cooper give the reader insight into his career choice and personal history, and reinforce hi

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Force of Nature

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ISBN: 9781760554767
ISBN-10: 1760554766
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 29th May 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.31

Jane Harper


About the Author


Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to Australia with her family at age eight.

She spent six years in Boronia, Victoria, and during that time gained Australian citizenship.

Returning to the UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

On graduating, she completed a journalism entry qualification and got her first reporting job as a trainee on the Darlington & Stockton Times in County Durham.

Jane worked for several years as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily Mail, before moving back to Australia in 2008.

She worked first on the Geelong Advertiser, and in 2011 took up a role with the Herald Sun in Melbourne.

In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition.

That inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown Creative online 12-week novel writing course.

She was accepted with a submission for the book that would become The Dry.

Jane lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter.

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