The door gaped like a wound as they stepped in. A faint odour of rot and decay underscored the crisp heady scent of the eucalypts. And it was dark; the windows let in only a little daylight. As he stood in the centre of the room, Falk could first make out shapes, then details. Dust that obviously once laid thick, now showed all the signs of disturbance. A table was shoved aside at an odd angle and leaves and debris lay scattered around.
I am really excited to be hosting a blog tour for this engrossing book by Jane Harper, The Force of Nature.
I wasn’t a fan of The Dry, the first of Aaron Falk series, but I really liked The Force of Nature. Two books are so different. The Dry is tense and suffocating heat of the summer, The Force of Nature is the harsh and brutal face of winter.
A corporate team exercise goes wrong. Five women go to hiking as a team building exercise, but they go off the track and get lost. Only four will return back. Alice doesn’t.
Where is Alice? Can she stay alive in the harsh conditions of nature? The ones who are found seem to be hiding things. They don’t seem to be fond of each other, or Alice. Alice seems to be a cruel woman, but is she really? Everyone seems to be hiding things. Everyone seem to have plenty of reasons to hate Alice.
I really liked the way the story is mapped out. It goes between the campsite(past), and present search efforts for finding Alice. As we discover what actually happened, we get to know all 5 women as well as discover more about Falk. The tension between the small group is perfectly implemented. After 70%, I just couldn’t put down the book, it was so gripping.
There are references to Falk’s past so I think it might worth reading The Dry before you read this, however the two books are not really connected so you can read this one by itself too.
I’m leaving you with the book’s blurb, happy reading!
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?