Jane Harper

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Force of Nature

ANZ Pan Macmillan
UK & Comm Little, Brown & Company
Sep 2017

Five women leave the city to begin a challenging Australian bushwalk while on a corporate retreat. Days later, only four return.

Six months on from a confronting return to his drought-stricken home town, Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is back in Melbourne. He has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing woman, Alice Russell. A key whistleblower in his latest financial investigation, Alice knew secrets about both the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Secrets that many did not want dragged to the surface.

In an investigation that takes Falk from corporate heartland to isolated bushland, he discovers that every person on that retreat had something to hide – as does he himself. And as Falk delves into the events surrounding Alice’s disappearance, it seems some dangers run far deeper than even she may have realised.


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Force of Nature cuts between past and present, corporate and domestic, and cements its author as one of Australia's boldest thriller writers.

Leila McKinnon
Australian Women's Weekly
Full Review

Australian author Harper follows her bestselling debut, The Dry, with a gripping tale of an elemental battle for survival …Harper once again shows herself to be a storytelling force to be reckoned with

US Publishers Weekly

Set against the fascinating backdrop of a wild, rural location … 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 personalities and possible motives. The two story lines, past and present, collide with a satisfying yet not gratuitous conclusion

Library Journal

If you loved The Dry and are anticipating the sequel you won’t be disappointed: it is as good!

Bookriot.com, 'Unusual Suspects' newsletter

 'It's winter, it's bone-achingly cold and damp and we're in the fictional Giralang Ranges ... and once again Harper manages to touch on something mythic in the Australian experience of the land: Alice Russell is lost in the bush...Force of Nature plays on this fear and then some ... original and engaging.'

Sue Turnbull

Harper’s crackerjack plotting propels the story... Harper layers her story with hidden depths, expertly mining the distrust between Alice and her four colleagues, and the secrets that simmer under the surface … a spooky, compelling read


  “A major voice in contemporary fiction. Like Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series and Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels, her deftly plotted mysteries double as sensitive inquiries into human nature, behaviour, and psychology. And like The Dry, 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

“I loved The Dry. Force of Nature is even better. Brilliantly paced, it wrong-foots the reader like a rocky trail through the bush. I adored it”

Susie Steiner, bestselling author of Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown

“Lord of the Flies in the Australian outback, with grown women in place of school boys. I loved every chilling moment of it. A blistering follow-up to The Dry from one of the best new voices in crime fiction”

Sarah Hilary, author of the bestselling DI Marnie Rome series

"I loved The Dry  by Jane Harper, I thought it was magnificent, like everybody else did...Fabulous! And her new book Force of Nature...such brilliance. From the first paragraph I was hooked - you just know you're in the hands of a master. She’s such an excellent writer and the sense of place is so powerful."

Marian Keyes

"Force of Nature thus manages to be two things at once. It's a financially skewed police procedural with a likeable detective with his own personal trajectory at its heart, and it's something of a "locked room mystery". The fact that the "locked room" is neither in a vicarage, nor on an island, but somewhere in the claustrophobic vastness of the Australian bush renders Force of Nature all the more original and engaging."

The Age

The “force” referred to in the novel’s title is as much about the various personalities in the book as it is about the natural landscape . . this well-oiled machine of a novel hums along finely and its destination is not what we expect.

Gretchen Shirm
The Monthly

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