Book Review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Book Summary

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew. 

Comments

A Library Book Club choice and a good one too. Federal Police, Aaron Falk and his offsider Carmen, are investigating a company fraud when their informant, Alice, who works for the company goes missing with four other employees on a team building exercise. The setting is dense forest in the Giralang Ranges in Victoria. The women lose their way and after a harrowing time only four of them emerge. What has happened?

This is a real page-turner. Jane Harper has complete control of the narrative throughout and she maintains the suspense while creating a cast of well-drawn and interesting characters.

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The dry – a book review

Title: The Dry

Author: Jane Harper

Review by Katherine

The Dry by Jane harper has been described as “mythic and valiant” and there is no doubt that Jane Harper has become the latest Aussie literary sensation.  The Dry has now won a swag of awards including the prestigious “Golden Dagger” award recently, as well as receiving glowing reviews and becoming a bestselling book.  What is it about “The Dry” that has stuck a chord among the world’s readers? It is a compelling mystery that keeps you guessing, the small town characters are well rounded and believable. The main character Federal Police officer Aron Falk is not an heroic figure in the over the top Jack Reacher style.  Rather he is characterized as a man driven by a dogged decency that compels him to stick around the insular country town he grew up in but left under a cloud in his teens, to help to solve the worst kind of crime, the murder of an entire family, or was it a murder suicide? Continue reading

Book Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry By Jane Harper

Abstract

Who really killed the Hadler family? Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well… When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface.

Comments

Fantastic read!  Gripping storyline, well written characters, many our readers could sympathise with, and a beautiful setting.  This was another great read by an Australia author for our group.  Beautifully written, keeping us guessing at each turn.  A superb plot twist at the end that none of us saw coming.  A fantastic debut novel that would make a great holiday read.  We look forward to seeing what’s next from this author. 

Rating – 8/10

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