Force of Nature

Force of Nature

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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?
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, [2018]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250105639
1250105633
Branch Call Number: M HARP
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm

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RubyHocker
Nov 26, 2020

I loved The Dry and The Lost Man and I was hoping for something on that level of character development, description of setting and pacing. FoN just isn't as good in those respects. The characters are more like shells and I found myself not really rooting for anyone. Aaron Falk is also written weaker in this one and Carmen the new partner is very flat, I actually didn't think she needed to be in the story at all. There are actually a few side stories and characters that aren't really necessary but and never pull you into suspicion and that added to the watered down feeling for me.

That said, I whipped through it in 3 days so it was worth a read if you are cool with fluff characters.

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CabiriCat
Aug 28, 2020

I really enjoyed this second book in the series....not realizing at all after I read 'The Dry' that it was becoming a series. The first book was so well done I thought it was a stand alone.

That said, I actually like this book slightly better only because it was less gruesome. The plot works for me...four women go hiking and only one comes back...and I like mysteries that reveal themselves through different viewpoints. And Jane Harper is not a light weight writer in my opinion. Her characters are developed and it adds to the psychology of the plot. The detective was clearly essential to the main plot in book One, but here he played the more traditional detective role.

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maipenrai
Jun 22, 2020

Perhaps if I had read "The Dry" first, I might have been more involved with the main characters. As a person who reads more than 150 "mysteries / thrillers" a year, I am difficult to impress. For me this book was simply just OK. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Cas22
Dec 07, 2019

This was an OK book. Not as good as The Dry. Again, it was a murder/mystery, but this time involving a group of female colleagues who were sent on a corporate retreat that involved walking for several days in the rugged Giralong Ranges. They get hopelessly lost, underlying tensions escalate, and then one of them goes missing. The firm they work for is also under secret investigation for money laundering and the missing woman is helping the police by providing incriminating documents. All good stuff, I guess, for a mystery novel but, in truth, the female characters, their issues and their interactions were not particularly authentic. Everything was a bit cliched and superficial and, at times, the storyline strained credibility. The author is obviously not a bush walker! The best moments in the book were the conversations between the male and female detectives who were investigating the money laundering. It’s a pity some of this clever, perceptive dialogue couldn’t have been applied to the women.

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talf
Nov 19, 2019

I can't remember if I finished this or not.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 07, 2019

Excellent! I liked it even better than The Dry, which I liked a lot. Very happy to have found a new mystery series.

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EmilyEm
Apr 13, 2019

Aaron Falk has a new partner Carmen and travels to a remote Australian national park when whistleblower Alice Russell, who’s been helping them, goes missing on a company team-building retreat.

The park’s remoteness and dense vegetation, along with the rainy weather, make for an atmospheric setting. [It was disappointing to learn the park was fictional!] If I had to sum this up in a sentence, I’d say one doesn’t know what they’d do for their family. All the characters carried years-old interpersonal baggage with serious trust issues. Interesting reading. A little contrived.

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NRBBrady
Mar 16, 2019

I didn't realize that this was book #3 so I don't know if reading the earlier ones would have increased my understanding or enjoyment. Overall, I did find this intriguing enough to read it all the way to the end, and the finale was definitely interesting!

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CarolynAnn4
Mar 10, 2019

I found this quite enjoyable as I love this genre and I have enjoyed both books in this series so far. I did enjoy The Dry better as I felt that Aaron's character was more interesting in the first book and, while I was really captivated with the mystery in this one until the end, I did find the ending a little underwhelming. However, definitely worth reading.

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stephaniejoanna
Mar 02, 2019

Another enjoyable mystery thriller by Jane Harper. My only complaint with this one (and I had similar issues with The Dry) is that she has multiple subplots happening but doesn't develop them thoroughly. I wish she would do a better job of fleshing out her storylines and threading them all together instead of ending one with a BANG! and letting the rest fizzle out. Overall, though, a good read and I look forward to carrying on with the series.

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