Force of Nature – Jane Harper

I don’t often like to write reviews for sequels or subsequent books in a series but Force of Nature, follow-up to The Dry stands on it’s own as a separate novel. Federal police man Aaron Falk is back investigating the disappearance of a witness helping him bring down some corporate fraud. Five women enter the Giralang Ranges for a corporate retreat and only four make it out the other side. Falk’s witness, Alice, never returns. The race is on to try find Alice alive out in the wilderness in an area already notorious for sinister disappearances. Can Falk find her in time?


Harper’s second offering certainly lives up to the hype of The Dry. I mean, it doesn’t quite have the same emotional connection to Falk that we do in his home town during The Dry but it does create a compelling and plausible case. Force of Nature is fast-paced with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. I enjoyed the alternating format, something that is always a tick in my opinion.  The writing was just as evocative and inviting as it was in her debut, something that sets Harper apart from many crime novelists. Personally I couldn’t put it down and am reading and waiting for Falk’s next adventure, please. I do recommend if you are a crime fiction fan and particularly if you read The Dry and loved it.


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