Force of Nature (Hardcover)

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From the author of The Dry, Jane Harper produces her second offering featuring Aaron Falk. Picture a week-end corporate retreat of office colleagues -2 teams (10 employees - men against women). To build teamwork, each group is supplied with backpacks, maps and compass.  Both groups head into the rugged landscape.  Five women head in, four come out. Aaron Falk has a particular interest in the missing woman.  She is a witness in a case he's working...a whistle-blower, in fact, and she knows secrets about the corporation and the people who work there.

Force of Nature is every bit as good as The Dry!  It will be on my Top Ten List this year!!! - Brenda

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“A company team-building weekend in the thick Australian bush goes awry when the women's team gets lost. Hidden feelings between team members complicate their mission to get back to the camp. When four of the five return, they each have a different story about what happened to Alice. After his debut in The Dry, Aaron Falk returns to solve this mystery and resolve some personal issues, but this time we have wet, cold wind creating the most miserable conditions imaginable for those who are lost, hungry, and quickly becoming suspicious of each other. The complicated plot, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and vivid description of the rugged Giralang Ranges will keep you breathless.”
— Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?

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?

"Force of Nature bristles with wit; it crackles with suspense; it radiates atmosphere. An astonishing book from an astonishing writer."
--A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

Select praise for The Dry
"One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read. Every word is near perfect. Read it "
--David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A breathless page-turner ... Ms. Harper has made her own major mark."
--The New York Times

About the Author

Jane Harper worked as a print journalist for 13 years before writing her first novel, The Dry, a #1 international bestseller. Originally from the UK, Jane lives in Melbourne. Force of Nature is her second novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250105639
ISBN-10: 1250105633
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English