• Publication date: 26 Sep 2017
• Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
‘THE NEW QUEEN OF OF CRIME’ Sunday Times
The gripping new novel from the author of the Sunday Times top ten bestseller, Waterstones Thriller of the Month and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year, The Dry.
FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…
Huge thanks to Little, Brown Book Group for my ARC review copy and Kimberley Nyamhondera for the invitation to take part in the blog tour.
My Thoughts & Review
I’m absolutely delighted to be on the blog tour for such a wonderful book. To say that I loved this book is a massive understatement.
I really enjoyed reading The Dry by Jane Harper but I think Force Of Nature has surpassed that by a mile.
The main character from The Dry, Aaron Falk, financial investigator, returns for Force of Nature to investigate the disappearance of Alice Russell employee and about to turn whistleblower for a corporate company suspected of fraud.
Alice had been on a team-building exercise out in the Australian bush with a group of other women from the company. The exercise involved trekking through a carefully planned and marked route for a few days, camping out, using survival skills and was supposed to generally building up a rapport between the group. Unfortunately, the dynamics within the group weren’t exactly conducive to friendly co-operation and we learn during and after the trip about the existing tensions and individual character traits and life of each of the women in the group. Some stronger willed than others.
The trip takes the women through parts of the bush that was the hunting ground of a historic serial killer, now deceased but his son is rumoured to be living wild in the ranges.
Once more we have the extremes of weather setting the scene, only this time it’s the cold, rain and mud of the outback trails in the Girlang Ranges rather than the blistering heat of the aptly named The Dry. The author Jane Harper sets the scene expertly and ranks up the tension bit by bit as we find out the fate of Alice Russell and what exactly happened during the timeline of the trip.
Strange noises, the feeling of being watched and the disturbing stories that emerge of past grudges and tensions within the group turning this into a gripping, disturbing and compelling psychological chiller.
With shades of Blair Witches when the unseen can be as terrifying as the known horror and Lord Of The Flies involving characters that develop their true nature in testing situations and deprivation.
About Jane Harper
Jane Harper is the author of The Dry, winner of various awards including the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the 2017 Indie Award Book of the Year, the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year Award and the CWA Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 2017. Rights have been sold in 27 territories worldwide, and film rights optioned to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne.
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