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Force of Nature: A Novel

Force of Nature: A Novel

Escrito por Jane Harper

Narrado por Stephen Shanahan


Force of Nature: A Novel

Escrito por Jane Harper

Narrado por Stephen Shanahan

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Feb 6, 2018
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9781427293145
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From Jane Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, comes a riveting new audiobook featuring Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk.

Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Force of Nature begs the question: 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?

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Jane Harper is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature, and The Lost Man. Jane previously worked as a print journalist in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter, and son.

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  • (4/5)
    Jane Harper writes wonderful novels that take place in Australia. This is the second of the Aaron Falk series. In this, five women go on a job related endurance trip to the outback. One (Alice) goes missing. Falk is a police investigator who happens to be using Alice as an informant to get information about the owners of the company she works for and so he gets involved in the search for her. The novel segues between the narrative of the 4 days the women were in the wilderness and the search taking place to find them. There is a lot going on in the book and Harper does a great job of weaving a suspenseful tale and deepening the portrayal of Falk, as we will continue to see in her subsequent books.
  • (5/5)
    Couldn’t put this one down. Falk returns to investigate what happened to his informant when she disappears on a weekend hike with 4 other women. Suspenseful and well written. Human nature and psychology insights.
  • (3/5)
    Second of the Aaron Falk Australian crime mystery series. An informant in a financial fraud case goes missing during an executive adventure retreat with her company. Five women are in the group who are sent into the bush with no guide and little experience in outdoor survival skills. They range from one of the owners of the company to a data entry person. The missing woman has a brash, impatient personality which provides motive for a lot of people in the book.Jane Harper writes a good suspense story and in this one she nails the characterizations of the women in the group. I'll be reading (listening to) more of this series. The narrator of the audiobook is good, but the volume tends to go up and down on the version that I had.
  • (5/5)
    Jane Harper proves that her debut novel “The Dry” was not a fluke. “Force of Nature” is an excellent crime thriller and shows Harper in fine form in this second novel in the Aaron Falk series.Aaron and his partner Carmen are called out to a wilderness retreat, where a corporate team-building exercise has taken a turn for the worse. Five women went into the wilderness, and only four returned. Where is the missing woman, and what happened?Harper is a master of atmospheric description, which she demonstrated in “The Dry.” She is so good at pulling the reader into the book’s setting that in “Force of Nature” I could really feel myself there in the cold rain and unyielding wilderness. And even with so many characters to deal with in this book, Harper manages to do just enough character development to make the reader care about what happens to each one.I look forward to Ms. Harper’s next book!
  • (3/5)
    Force of Nature is Jane Harper’s second novel featuring Australian Federal Agent, Aaron Falk. Her first, The Dry, was a phenomenal success (you can read my review here) and Force of Nature is a solid follow up.In Force of Nature, Falk, and his new partner Carmen Cooper, are investigating a company for money laundering. They are expecting to wrap the case in a matter of days, with help from insider, Alice Russell, when she goes missing during a corporate retreat.The story unfolds through multiple perspectives, as it moves between the events leading up to Alice’s disappearance and the current active investigation. This allows Harper to introduce several possible motives for Alice’s disappearance, and develop an interesting mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Though I thought the pace was a little slow to begin with, the tension builds incrementally, and the plot is elegantly resolved.Falk didn’t have the strong presence in this novel that I was expecting. He is peripheral to most of the action, and there were no new insights offered into his character. Neither was his partner, Carmen, particularly memorable.I think I may have been more invested in the story if I had liked Alice. Though well drawn, she is an unpleasant character and I didn’t much care whether she was found, or not. I didn’t have any difficulty visualising Alice’s companions on the hike, Harper’s characterisations, and the dynamics between them, were interesting and complex.Set largely in the Giralang Ranges of Victoria, Harper does a commendablejob of evoking the close, wet, and disorientating atmosphere of the Australian bush. As in The Dry, the setting is not simply the background of the story, but an integral part of it.Force of Nature is well written, with a mystery that is skillfully crafted and compelling. I’m looking forward to Harper’s next Book in the series
  • (2/5)
    I didn't read The Dry first, but I don't think it matters. I could tell there was a lot of backstory surrounding Aaron Falk, but it wasn't necessary for this book. That being said, the author could have added a little detail for those that did not read the first book (what happened with his hand?). The clear shout-outs to the presents for the kids and his friend at the end are likely from the first book but that didn't seem as relevant.

    Back to this book. To me, it dragged. The story dragged and the author seemed to drag it out, especially toward the end. The whole concept seemed pretty far-fetched (really? you send people out with no good maps, walkie-talkies, way to contact anyone if they need help?). There were also too many storylines going on without a lot of depth to any of them. There was the case Falk and his partner were working on, which we got little-to-no information about. There was the camping storyline, obviously. And then there was the storyline with the daughters of two of the women camping. These secondary storylines weren't fleshed out and really lacked a lot that could have made this so much better. The storylines of the women, told in different perspectives, didn't weave together nicely (whatever happened to Jill's storyline? It just disappeared).

    The concept was ok, but the book dragged.
  • (4/5)
    FORCE OF NATURE is Jane Harper’s second novel and it features Aaron Falk.I was happy to see Detective Falk play a part in this book. He is a loner and very troubled by events that took place 20 years previously in his home town. The scars are still visible, both mentally and physically. He is thoughtful, dedicated and very adept at ‘reading’ people. I like his quietness and intelligence.As in Ms. Harper’s other books, the landscape plays a leading role. We aren’t in the dry outback this time, but in a dense, more rain forest type environment. It is oppressive and dangerous.A corporate retreat and wilderness hiking expedition takes two teams into ‘the bush’ for several days of supposed bonding and problem-solving. Things deteriorate very quickly and the police and search and rescue teams take over.The characters are very well drawn and detailed, as are the many-layered plot points.Although this title did not have the same brutal intensity as the other two titles by Ms. Harper, I was engrossed by page 1 and would heartily recommend it. It is not to be missed.
  • (4/5)
    In Force of Nature, Jane Harper’s gripping follow-up to her award-winning debut, The Dry, we are once again led through a complex, multi-layered case by federal agent Aaron Falk. Ten employees of BaileyTennants, a conglomerate with international reach and vast financial resources, are taking part in a wilderness bonding exercise operated by “Executive Adventures,” trudging through the remote bushland of the Giralang Ranges, near Melbourne. The two teams, one of five women, the other of five men, will hike the trail over several days, stopping at established camps along the way for meals and supplies. However, everything goes wrong for the women’s team. In poor weather they get turned around and lose the trail, and the situation worsens when latent hostilities boil over within the group. When four team members eventually straggle out of the bush—well behind schedule, with each suffering various scrapes, bruises and cuts—Alice Russell is missing. Aaron and his partner, Carman Cooper, work in a unit investigating financial crimes, and it turns out that BaileyTennants is in their crosshairs and that Alice is their mole on the inside, a whistleblower strategically situated to get them the evidence they need to build their case. But does this have anything to do with her disappearance? As in her first novel, Harper constructs her story with great patience, dropping ambiguous clues into a volatile mix, revealing troubling details as the investigation moves in several directions at once, and sending her detectives down one blind alley after another in their pursuit of the truth. Another similarity to The Dry is the crucial role played by setting. Harper’s Giralang Ranges are fictional but are drawn with persuasive clarity. And to add to the atmosphere of menace, twenty years earlier, the Giralang Ranges were the stomping ground of a psychopathic killer named Martin Kovac, who left a trail of young women’s bodies in his wake before being caught, tried and convicted. By the time Alice goes missing, Kovac is long dead, but his grisly crimes cast a creepy and portentous shadow over Falk’s investigation and add spice to the rampant speculation over what has happened to Alice. Harper splits the story into two threads: one that follows Falk and Cooper’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding Alice’s disappearance, and a second that takes us inside the women’s fateful trek through the bush. Aaron Falk, though staid, rooted, and emotionally reticent, is an appealingly haunted protagonist, carrying with him a weighty baggage of personal regrets and failures. Force of Nature is a spellbinding work of fiction that more than delivers on the promise of Jane Harper’s first novel and establishes her as a master of psychological suspense.
  • (4/5)
    I like Ms Harper's way of taking what is unique about Australia and using it for her plots. I didn't like this quite as much as "The Dry" but it was still very enjoyable.
  • (5/5)
    Finally I've laid hands on number two in the Australian series by Jane Harper. The library had a long waiting list, now it's my turn.'The Dry' impressed me although I was hesitant about Aaron Falk as a character, but the Australian setting and the tight writing and clever plot carried me along. I'm pleased to say that Aaron Falk is coming out of his shell in this novel and I feel less inclined to shake him!Working with his colleague, Carmen, for the financial investigative side of the Federal police, Falk is trying to obtain documents from a 'mole'. It's difficult and the pressure is on when the 'mole' goes with her company on one of these management bush treks and disappears. Has she been murdered by the company director? What has happened?Again we have Harper's tricky plot full of surprises. She writes well and makes the reader feel the Australian bush and the terrors of being lost in it. We have a bunch of complex 3D characters and some raw emotions and it was hard to guess whodunit.The novel is a stand alone but I'd advise readers to start with 'The Dry' and then read this one just to get a more complete picture of the main character.A great read for anyone and especially for those who like mysteries.
  • (5/5)
    After reading The Dry, I couldn't wait for Harper's next book! And I have to say that I prefer Force of Nature to The Dry. Forget your basic "who dun it". Force of Nature is full of secrets and guilt that snowball to the very end.
  • (3/5)
    Read for Book Club. Not as enjoyable as The Dry. Character development of Aaron Falk was too lightweight, so no investment in continuing with 'his' series. Female characters were very wooden at times and the relationships between them as 'the problem' continued became less and less credible - as if they were still back in the office. Irritating alternating time period structure was annoying at times, with frequent shorter chapters later on, which felt almost YA-ish, to achieve cliff-hanger chapter endings. No real feelingof the setting was conveyed through the use of language, just laughable, 'oooh it's a bit scary out in the bush, isn't it' type dialogue.
  • (3/5)
    Kept my attention but wasn't as good as "The Dry". I'm not evenly remotely interested in hiking in Australia. Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Five women and five men, in separate groups, go on a corporate survival retreat in rural Australia. Only four women return, and the series' main character, a federal financial police officer, is pulled in because the missing woman was helping with an investigation into the company's finances. The author uses flashbacks interspersed into the current time line to build suspense, and it works very well. The mystery of the woman's disappearance is really interesting, compounded as it is with possibilities that she a) was found out by the company and murdered; b) was kidnapped by the son of a famous serial killer who once roamed these hills; or c) is lost or been injured. The flashbacks and main storyline each inch towards the conclusion, and it is unexpected, which is always fun, so the mystery itself is really rewarding. My main problem with the book is that the five women all dislike and distrust each other, and it's a hard narrative to read, with all the sniping and, yes, even a few brawls. It just doesn't seem all that believable. All-in-all, though, a more-than-decent suspense thriller.
  • (5/5)
    The second in this series centering on Aaron Falk, Australian detective, wraps up such disparate elements as corporate team-building, substance abuse recovery, financial scalliwaggery, and revenge internet photo harassment, into a finely woven suspenseful plot. Chapters alternate clearly and cleanly between current events and the crime. Harper's sophomore effort is just as strong as her first, a good sign, and there's certainly plenty of outback to keep exploring.
  • (5/5)
    Five women set off into the Jiralong Ranges bush on a company retreat. They get lost, miss their rendezvous point, and, for a few days, wander about without food and short on water. When they stagger out of the bush, there are only four and they all deny having seen the fifth, Alice, wander off. And it seems Alice was about to turn over incriminating evidence on the company to investigator Aaron Falk and his partner, Carmen. Further adding to the intrigue, the Jiralong Ranges had been the haunt of a serial killer of four women, one of who was never found. The killer is now in prison, but his son disappeared a few years ago. Could he be lurking in the Jiralong Ranges? And the daughters of Alice and another of the women are involved in a sexting scandal at their school. While trying to find the missing evidence Falk is dealing with the suppressed feelings about his dead father.Many balls in the air here, but Harper manages them deftly. This is Harper’s second book after her excellent debut novel The Dry. In The Dry, a heat wave and drought is the backdrop of the story and almost a character itself. In Force of Nature, the cold, rainy Jiralong Ranges are a forbidding presence. This is a terrific book. It alternates between scenes of the lost women and Falk and Carmen’s effort to find out what happened. The pace is excellent and it quickens as the end approaches. It kept me reading well past my bed time. I anxiously await her next book.
  • (5/5)
    Australian Federal Police officer Aaron Falk, the focus of Harper's first novel, The Dry, is back in Melbourne recuperating from his adventures in that book. He and his partner, Carmen, have been working hard on a money-laundering case, but their progress is stymied when a key witness goes missing during one of those dreadful "executive trust-building" weekends in a wilderness area. Is her disappearance related to the case she was helping Aaron and Carmen build against her bosses? And where on earth could she have gone?Harper is a master of scene-setting. Just as her descriptions of the rural drought-ravaged landscape in The Dry left me panting for water, here she skillfully conveys the remote impenetrability and the needle-in-a-haystack nature of the Australian bush. She uses a flashback device to slowly clue readers into what happened on the retreat that led to Alice's disappearance, while keeping us updated on the progress of the search in real time. Sometimes that sort of split focus leaves a reader disappointed when the focus shifts from the more compelling storyline to the lesser one, but in this case I was eager to follow both threads equally.Force of Nature was just published in February, two years after The Dry. That does not bode well for how long I will be impatiently waiting for Aaron Falk's next adventure.
  • (4/5)
    I liked the setting and thought that the mystery was well done. However, the shifting in time didn't work as well in this book as it did in Harper's first book, "The Dry", in my opinion. I hope that she doesn't plan to make it a feature of all her books.
  • (2/5)
    This book appeared on a number of lists of new thrillers that should be read. I had read Ms. Harper's first book The Dry, and it was okay, so thought I'd give this one a try.I like Aaron Falk and his partner Carmen, but that's pretty much where it ended for me. Perhaps it was the back and forth from just before the crime and disappearance, and after when the search was on for the missing woman, but I didn't think the book was very exciting. It was easy to figure out what actually happened at that lonely cabin in the woods, but it took forever to get there. No excitement, no tension, and really no plot. I'm sorry, but I cannot recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    “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.”(From the book jacket)The men and women are separated and they are meant to come of the wilderness at the same meet up point. This is supposed to be a team-building event with the Bailey’s company and I can say for sure, I’m certainly glad I have never been forced to participate in such an exercise. The women are so very different from one another, some with secrets and some vying for the alpha role once they are lost.“Later, the four remaining women could fully agree on only two things. One: No one saw the bushland swallow up Alice Russell. And two: Alice had a mean streak so sharp it could cut you.”Alice was a real can of worms. I did not have this figured out early at all so this was quite a good read for me. On their own in the bushland it’s easy to panic. “It’s the panic that gets you. Makes it hard to trust what you’re seeing.”The weather plays a big part in this story. It’s freezing cold, it rains, it makes it miserable for search parties looking for Alice. The isolation the women feel is clearly conveyed as you read about their part of the story.“Jill sometimes thought that in another time and place, she and Alice might have been friends. At other times, she thought not. Being around Alice was like owning an aggressive breed of dog. Loyal when it suited, but you had to stay on your toes.”Food and wine weren’t mentioned much but there was this:Beef stew made by the campfire. “A kookaburra perched nearby, watching Beth with her black eyes. Beth picked up a strip of beef from one of the abandoned packets and tossed it toward the bird, who scooped it up with the tip of her beak.”I didn’t know they ate meat!Aaron made dinner for Carmen. Spaghetti Bolognese and red wine. Sauce was from scratch too. So I had thought of making the spaghetti dish but we had Linguine Pompeii so, that’s the representative dish.(Photo on my blog)This is the second book in the series starring Federal Agent Aaron Falk and I sincerely hope there will be many more stories to follow. He’s a law enforcement with the specialty in financial crimes.He used to be SWAT, a bad ass cop who busted in and arrested the bad guys. One time his team went in and a malnourished old man was sitting in a tattered chair. There was graffiti on his walls, there was a drug kitchen set up and thugs living in his home. The man thought one of the criminals was his grandson. Dementia was setting in and these guys took full advantage of it. Aaron realized later all this could have been caught with a look at his financial records, bank statements and charges.It goes way beyond that too – follow the money trail and you find more than small drug operations. Prostitution, pornography, large scale drug operations. Follow the money. Falk was following up on contracts Alice was meant to get from the company.I liked The Dry better than this one but I will happily read another starring Federal Agent Falk.
  • (5/5)
    Harper has boldly changed the styles, pacing and structure for second outing of Aaron Falks and for me it worked well creating a slicker, more tense mystery than the Dry with more than a hint of a female Lord of the Flies. Plot in a Nutshell A corporate retreat goes badly wrong when only four of the five women in one group return. The story alternates between what happened over the days they were away and the relationships and tensions between the group and the investigation to find the missing women. Alice, the missing hiker is key to an ongoing investigation pulling Falks out from the city and into the wilderness. Thoughts I really enjoyed Harper’s debut novel, a traditional police procedural where she used the drought in Falks hometown to create a stifling backdrop to a small town crime. I was less sure about Falks himself who I struggled to warm to in the first novel. For his second outing Harper has maintained her ability to create atmosphere through setting. Here a claustrophobic, overgrown, damp wilderness becomes a creepy character adding at times a sense of horror as much as mystery. Whilst still exploring a little of Falks character, particularly via conversations with his partner we see less of him as a protagonist in this novel, in favour of developing the characters of the five female hikers through both the flashbacks to their interactions and their recollections as they speak with the police on their return. The mystery takes front and centre rather than the investigation. This allows us to see a lot more of the relationships between the group which really worked for me. Ultimately this was great mystery story, for much of it I really was not sure what had happened and what the outcome was likely to be. There was a myriad of red herrings for the reader, and indeed the police to follow which meant it was an exciting read until the end. I look forward to what comes next!
  • (4/5)
    Difficult to follow a great book like The Dry, but Force of Nature more than lived up to that, for me. Pacey, gripping thriller set in (fictional) Australian wilds. Five women head out on a team building trek, but only four make it back to the rendezvous point. Matching the story of the women chapter for chapter, the story of the two investigators from the police fraud office, who are working with the woman who disappeared. Having spent more than my fair share of time lost with a map somewhere a lot less difficult to navigate than Australia, for me Harper perfectly captured the panicky quality of a group trying to navigate unfamiliar terrain, both in terms of map and characters.I also loved the black humour she found in a relatively dark story."Jill watched the backs of their heads and shifted her pack. She could feel the straps rubbing on her shoulders. The man in the shop had told her that they were made from special breathable material for added comfort. The memory of that conversation infused Jill with a sense of deep and lasting betrayal."Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Five female co-workers set off on a team building weekend in Australia, but only four of them make it back. Book 2 in the Aaron Falk series. Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    I'm giving this 4* because it was a compelling read, but the ending was a bit of an anticlimax.Set in a remote part of Australia, a group of women go on a work team-building exercise involving hiking and camping (a nightmare as far as I am concerned even if it had all gone smoothly), but when they eventually reach the rendezvous point at the end, one of them is missing. The missing woman was a whistleblower, helping police officer Falk to implicate the firm all the women work for in a money-laundering scheme. Was this a factor in her disappearance?There are chapters describing the women's experience, interspersed with ones featuring Falk and the others involved in the search and rescue mission. This structure worked well, but it wasn't really a police procedural or even a mystery - more a case of persuading the remaining women to come clean about what had really happened. Bonus points for creating such an unlikeable victim.
  • (4/5)
    Just as the characters in this suspenseful tale are trying to find a trail that will take them back to safety, so will the readers of this story endeavor to find the trail that will enlighten them as to what exactly happened. Five men and five women take separate trails in what is supposed to be a bonding experience. The men return in good spirits. The women, when they finally show up hours late, are hungry, dirty, hurt, and missing one of their members. The novel vacillates from current time back to the four-day hike. Little by little, the reader is exposed to what went on during those four days. While trained rescuers are looking for Alice, we gradually learn more about the back stories of the individuals who make up the dynamics of the groups, both men and women, as federal agents try to determine why Alice went missing, and if they had unintentionally caused it. This page-turner will keep you interested as follow the correct clues while discarding the red herrings. Though a follow on to The Dry, this novel is complete in itself.
  • (5/5)
    The only incentive any of the participants have in this retreat is their fear that-- if they don't toe the line-- they'll lose their jobs. None of them have either the desire or the aptitude for hiking and camping in bad weather and treacherous terrain, and I enjoyed watching them go into withdrawal when they discovered that this remote area had no cell phone reception. Falk and Cooper make a good team, and I hope I see them together in another book. Falk is enjoying his move to white collar crime because he never forgets the people that are devastated by what the criminals think of as insignificant crime that doesn't hurt anyone.The premise of Force of Nature isn't anything shiny and new, but I certainly enjoyed how Jane Harper put it all together. The missing woman is disliked by everyone, everyone has something to hide, and even two teenage daughters figure into the plot in interesting ways. While not quite as intense as her first book, The Dry, this second book featuring Aaron Falk kept my attention from first page to last, and I'm looking forward to book number three.
  • (4/5)
    This is the engaging tale of five women who take part in a work-related team-building retreat. Each of them brings with them significant personal baggage that makes this situation unbearable for them all. However, four do make it out of the bush. The search for the missing woman becomes more and more intense as the book moves forward. However, in flashbacks we see what really happened between the women as they began their adventure and how all of these things resulted in tragedy. The scariest thing of all was how easy such a thing could happen to any of us.
  • (5/5)
    Two small niggles about an otherwise excellent story. Using the bureaucratic term "bushland" in place of the traditional Aussie word bush is jarring; and choosing two names so similar for the sisters could be confusing at times. But it's a gripping tale,.
  • (4/5)
    Not as good as her first book, The Dry. This one isn't so much a murder mystery as it is a character study- how what you see on the outside is not representative of that person. In fact this book reminded of a Liane Moriarty book. Still very good but....The story is about a corporate retreat where that have to go camping/hiking for 3 days. The groups are divided by sex and the women's group enters the forest with 5 women, but only 4 come out.The author does a great job peeling back each layer exposing how no one in the group is actually like they appear.Again it is 4 stars only because I am comparing it to her outstanding first book. It is still better than much of what is new in bookstores.
  • (4/5)
    WOW! Jane Harper did not disappoint in the next book in the Aaron Falk series. Set in a completely different setting than The Dry, Force of Nature follows the case of a woman that had goes missing during a team building work retreat. Chapters alternate between what happened out in the woods and the investigation Aaron Falk is a part of.