Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Aaron Falk #2)

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FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

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.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.

My Review

This is the second book in the Aaron Falk series, its predecessor being the successful ‘The Dry” There are a few references to the first book, but if you haven’t read it yet it is completely possible to read this book on its own. Although, I highly recommend The Dry.

This one takes place in a remote area where a group of five women go on a mini hiking expedition somewhere in the Australian wilderness, and one of their group ends up going missing.

Aaron Falk and his partner Carmen are brought in to investigate, as they have ties to the missing women through a different ongoing investigation.

With the chapters alternating between the women on the hike and Aaron Falk and his partner, Carmen, the tension is builds up and slowly until the last 100 or so pages where the pace picks up along with the tension.

I enjoyed Aaron’s interaction with his partner Carmen and although it wasn’t quite as good as Jane Harper’s first I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

Definitely a slower burner but the ending will make all that build up worthwhile and wont disappoint.

A big thank you to the author Jane Harper, publishers Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.

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