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Publisher's Summary

Five women reluctantly leave the city for a challenging hike across the rugged Giralang Ranges as part of a corporate retreat. Only four come out the other side. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker.

Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. In an investigation that takes Falk from corporate heartland to isolated bushland, he discovers that every person on that retreat had something to hide....

©2017 Jane Harper (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Timothy
  • oscodo, Michigan
  • 01-01-18

Mildly Entertaining

I really didn’t enjoy listening to the narrator. I felt his voice distracted me too much. The story was only ok and I struggled to finish.

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  • Tanya Clarke
  • 10-07-17

extremely enjoyable aussie story

Awesome aussie story. My first Aaron Falk story... this is the beginning. Thoroughly enjoyed. wonderful

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  • sarah
  • 10-16-17

Didn't quite live up to The Dry

I loved The Dry by Jane Harper her first debut novel and was eager for the release of Force of Nature. This is a good book, and Harper is an excellent storyteller. But for me it definitely fell short. It was very slow to get into , and I found the mystery unravels very slowly - sometimes painfully so.

Harper's description of the landscape and the cold and wet atmosphere was bang on, I was shivering!!!

This book is a similar structure to The Dry with the story moving from past to present with each chapter, which helps to build the suspense.

I really like Harper's writing style and she develops great believable characters I can relate to. I really wanted to kill Alice Russell myself LOL!! But then on the flip side I didn't feel as connected to our hero Aaron Falk, as I did in The Dry.

All in all, it was an enjoyable book, but for me The Dry is so much better all round. I'd definitely love to see what Harper has coming next!!

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  • helen lamb
  • 11-24-17

Very interesting a bit spooky

I did not pick the ending at all but the bush setting made it very convincing I hope Aaron appears later in another story.

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  • Tess Beck
  • 11-01-17

Tedious

Narrator is so-so. Story however is tedious and the characters are trite, corny, childish. Yo-yo between the 2 main plots is tiring. Wanted good Australian fiction but didn’t find it.

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  • Mrs S T Cottam-Warnock
  • 10-14-17

Excellent storyline but...

I loved the plot and didn't listen to a sample before I bought the book. I wasn't however a fan of the narrator and felt that let the overall experience feel like I was listening as a chore. I found the male narrator struggled with the tone and pitch for the predominately female cast of characters. This on top of his very thick Australian accent had me struggling with the book. This was only my third audiobook and has made me realise how much of an impact the narrator can have on the delivery of a book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-22-18

A book which captures in detail human interactions

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

For lovers of descriptive prose of the interactions of human nature I would recommend this book and suspect you may well find it very entertaining. However, when I compare Jane Harper’s first book ‘The Dry’, which had a winding suspenseful plot and captured life in Australia’s outback in a believable form which kept me thoroughly engaged throughout, I found the plot in this next book thin and struggled to remain involved. I look forward to her next book as perhaps capturing the essence of both these styles.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More development of the red herrings of who committed the dastardly deed.

Which character – as performed by Steve Shanahan – was your favourite?

All the female actors were well presented.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-22-18

Loved ‘The Dry’, liked this a lot

Narration was as strong as the Dry though hamstrung with more female characters. Story was a lot more procedural and there was not a huge twist for a whodunnit.

Worthwhile if you enjoyed the first book.

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  • Simon Porter
  • 01-18-18

Written to a formula

I quite enjoyed The Dry but felt I was almost reading the same book, as the formula was so familiar.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-18

Interesting twist

An good read... easy listen with some great twists and detail. Engaging plot and realistic characters.

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  • Katrina
  • 01-12-18

Kept me wanting more

This book was intriguing, kept me wanting to listen more as the story unfolded. Great narrator.