Force of Nature

Force of Nature

Large Print - 2018
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Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: 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?
Five colleagues go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness-- 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. Australian Federal Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. As the investigation 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: Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432847425
Branch Call Number: Mystery Harper Large Type
Characteristics: 529 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (16 point)
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PimaLib_SusannahC Feb 17, 2018

Second book in a series that was as good as the first. I liked how there was a different setting, but you still get a great sense of the Australian bush.


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ValinOR14
Aug 25, 2018

Oh my gosh! What a FANTASTIC book!! I don't know how the author did it, but I felt like I was the sixth woman on the retreat with the other five. Gritty. Fascinating. Feral. I found the chapters about Falk and his partner, Carmen, to be very interesting, as well, but THE WOMEN. Wow. Sometimes backstories feel a bit like filler to me, but not in this book. It was ALL interesting. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Write faster, Jane. Write faster. 😉

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profiguana
Aug 24, 2018

This book deserved some serious editing prior to publication. There is little to no character development, but a set of sketches tied together by an unconvincing narrative, which is itself organized by a contrived temporal bifurcation that is an attempt to cleverly unwind the 'suspense' of the mystery. It appears as if the author suffered from the class sophomore slump after a successful first novel.

TSCPL_Miranda Aug 09, 2018

A quick read with some good twists and turns, really enjoyable and well-paced. One of those books that is so hard to stop reading until you sort everything out, for sure. Themes include bullying, addiction, and the powerful love of parents. I would have appreciated a little deeper character development, but the setting in the Australian bush and un-put-down-able-ness go a long ways in making up for it.

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Rachelc24
Jul 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book.. forced to go on a corporate retreat with people I don't really like or get along with. I'd go crazy too. All the characters in this book have some type of flaw.
Its a good little mystery that becomes a page turner. You can feel the trees closing in on you and the hopeless feeling of being lost. Very well done.

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athena14
Jun 27, 2018

"Hell is other people." (Jean-Paul Sartre, "No Exit") IMO, Aaron and Carmen just waste pages.

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zcch55
May 21, 2018

Highly recommended book with realistic characters. Starts a bit slow but then becomes “unput-downable”. Would make a great movie.
Read her first book, The Dry, and totally enjoyed that one also.

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wardlind
May 19, 2018

Jane Harper is my new favorite author. Her characters are totally human and believable. Dialogue is real and the storyline has lots of twists and turns so kept me turning pages. Set in current day Australia, it's a great change of pace for mystery fans from the usual American or British procedurals or the heavy-duty Scandinavian dark mysteries. Highly recommend.

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mamabadger56
May 18, 2018

A terrific novel for mystery lovers. A group of women become lost in the woods during a workplace excursion; when they are found, one of them is missing, and accounts vary. The police are called in to search for her, and to find an explanation. Harper maintains the suspense throughout, revealing the truth slowly, bit by bit; allowing for many possible explanations and deftly playing with the reader's assumptions and expectations right to the end.

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lrs1107
May 12, 2018

A very worthy successor to Jane Harper's THE DRY.

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Reads_A_Lot
Apr 30, 2018

Didn’t like this one as well as the first book in the series. Seemed strange that the main character was just a bystander and not really active in solving the case. All 5 women involved in the mystery were unlikeable. Put these two things together and it was hard to be drawn into the story. Set up for the third book looks like it might be better, so I won’t give up on the series yet.

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