Force of Nature: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 best-selling 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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|Listening Length||9 hours and 15 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||February 06, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #18,969 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#151 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#605 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#622 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
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Harper wrote this book with an interesting timeline. First, present time with Falk’s POV. Then at the end of each chapter, a past timeline with varying POVs of the five lost women. It was very effective. In the early pages, the drudgery of police investigating slowed the pace of the story, but I found myself looking forward to the later chapter sections, anxious to find out what happened to the women as they trekked deeper into the wilderness. As I progressed through the pages, Falk and Carmen’s investigation gained stream, and eventually their story became just as interesting as the hikers’. The twin storyline’s convergence is somewhat complex, but Harper does a good job of keeping the reader on track. I thought I had the big answer to the question of ‘What happened to Alice’ several times. But the real answer eluded me until the climax. I enjoyed this book a lot, and would recommend it to fellow readers. Seems that many readers compare this book to ‘The Dry’, also by Harper, and voice their disappointment. Now I have another book on my TBR list, ‘The Dry’.
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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.