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Force of Nature: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, February 6, 2018
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"Narrator Stephen Shanahan...makes it sizzle to the very end. Both story and narrator are not to be missed." ― AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner
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?
Praise for Force of Nature:
"All the novel's characters have been drawn with exceptional complexity, and none more so than Aaron Falk...So much more than a conventional detective, the reflective and compassionate Falk provides the book's moral compass." ― New York Times Book Review
"Harper yet again delivers a very satisfying mystery from beginning to end, perfect to curl up with...Stephen Shanahan does an excellent narration with his calm, deep, Australian accented voice." ― BookRiot
“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
"Set against the fascinating backdrop of a wild, rural location in south Australia, Harper's sequel to her acclaimed Ned Kelly Award-winning debut, The Dry, presents an intriguing crime that might not actually exist and potential suspects with realistically complex and possible motives." ― Library Journal
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"...[S]econd powerhouse audiobook from [Jane] Harper...Narrator Stephen Shanahan puts his clear Australian accent to good advantage as he portrays Aaron Falk...Harper may have created this amazing whodunit, but Shanahan makes it sizzle to the very end. Both story and narrator are not to be missed." -AudioFile
"If you’re wondering if you want the audiobook, Stephen Shanahan does an excellent narration with his calm, deep, Australian accented voice–so yes!" -BookRiot
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- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (February 6, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1427293139
- ISBN-13 : 978-1427293138
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.01 x 0.8 x 6.01 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #389,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story evolves from five women, led by Jill Bailey, senior executive of Bailey and Tennants company, who ventures into the Australian outback on an endurance and bonding exercise. The four other members of the party, all mature women, some with children at home, are the twins Beth and Breanna, Lauren and Alice, in whom Falk has an interest concerning other matters altogether. One of the girls goes missing, the launchpad for almost all that follows. We shift back and forth between the search party and the events that reveal the women and the events that lie behind the disappearance of one of them. These shifts in location and time are handled most skilfully, ratcheting up the suspense until the dramatic climax. The novel is part psychological thriller, part whodunnit, but much more than either. The personalities and backgrounds of the key figures give depth to the novel, and the unself-conscious evocation of the natural world in which the women have to survive and negotiate their path provides a powerful background to the narrative.
I found this to be an exceptionally fine novel, as indeed are the other books in the trilogy. Thoroughly recommended.
I really enjoyed Jane Harper’s debut novel The Dry and I was keen to see if Force of Nature would match its quality and success. It appears to have matched its success but not quite its quality. The beginning is promising and Harper builds some nice anticipation, teasing the reader with numerous possibilities for Alice’s disappearance. I was therefore expecting some thrilling revelations but sadly, this is never realised, as a number of threads are revealed as nothing more than red herrings with no conclusion. The real reason behind Alice’s disappearance was painfully underwhelming although the final scenes add some much-needed drama into an otherwise pedestrian plot. Perhaps it is a case of second book syndrome but I am hoping it is third time lucky for Jane Harper with The Lost Man.
Alice and four other women who work for Bailey are sent on a team building exercise in the outback, a hike in the bush intended to teach resilience. Five women set out on the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. Alice is missing.
Harper builds tension as the plot moves between the last days of the hike and Falk's endeavours with other searchers to find the missing woman. Four women tell Falk about their relationship with Alice, a tale of suspicion and disintegrating trust. Who is telling the truth?
A brilliantly paced plot wrong-footing the reader at every turn. It's another stunner from Jane Harper.