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
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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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.

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.

ehbooklover Apr 20, 2018

Great characters, lots of twists and turns, plus a very atmospheric setting made for another fantastic mystery in what is sure to become one of my favourite mystery series. Can't wait for #3 to be written!

Apr 16, 2018

I enjoyed this second novel from Jane Harper, though it was different from her first. In this one, we see our hero, Falk, again on the trail of financial criminals; however, his story gets highjacked by a missing hiker (also secretly helping Falk with his case). So it's not so much his investigation, but the mysteries surrounding the missing hiker.
Still a great story, well written and paced, but ultimately not Falk's.

Mar 12, 2018

I loved the way the story was constructed. I typically dislike stories with a lot of time flipping. But this one worked for me. The past was in day-to-day sequence (the day is cited at the beginning of the chapter) while the present (no date or day cited) was more currently continuous. Readers insight into how the crime (?) evolves as Aaron Falk and his partner's investigation deepens. Then they converge at the conclusion of the story as the chapters seem to shorten to heighten the tension. Very hard to put down (as my wife is now finding as I write this). You might want to read this in front of a warm fireplace or under the sun on a summer day.

Mar 03, 2018

No quite as good as the first Aaron Falk mystery, but entertaining none-the-less. Again, if you like character-driven mysteries rather than a procedural, Jane Harper's series is for you.

Mar 03, 2018

A good read. A disagree with previous commenters about having to have read the author's previous book in order to understand the Faulk character. I understood him and everything else just fine. Nothing spectacular about this book, but it flowed smoothly and was enjoyable enough. Completed 3/2/18.

PimaLib_SusannahC Feb 17, 2018

Second book in a series that was as good as the first. I liked how there was a different setting, but you still get a great sense of the Australian bush.

Feb 12, 2018

This book was good but not as compelling as her first "The Dry". Slower moving bLut as it moves to the end becomes more interesting. Would like to have the main character be devolped more. We did find out a few things about him but not as much as in the first book. Perhaps the next book will bring more of the personal aspect of Falk into play.

Feb 11, 2018

Blah, Meh. Slow. I'll keep plugging on, but this story is so average with average story-telling. I don't care about the characters or really anything.

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