BOOK TITLE: Force of Nature (Aaron Falk, #2)
BOOK AUTHOR: Jane Harper
PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books
February 6th 2018
GENRES: Literary Thriller, Thriller
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Also by this author: The Dry
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?
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But it did have holes. The incredible writing made up for it, but I kept thinking that if she could fix the holes, she would be unstoppable.
So, I was incredibly excited to get an advanced copy of Harper’s second book, Force of Nature. So excited. I told myself to hold my emotions in check, that so much anticipation sets one up for a fall.
But that never works – the holding the emotions in check thing.
Thank goodness it lived up to the hype!!!
Force of Nature continues with the Aaron Falk as the protagonist. He’s following the money at a shady company, and Alice Russell (a seemingly unlikable woman on all accounts) has disappeared on a corporate bonding retreat in the mountains. A short survival-hiking trip, Alice didn’t want to be there in the first place.
So, when she disappears, Falk and his new partner (Federal Agent Carmen Cooper) head to the scene of the disappearance in an attempt to figure out what happened to Alice, and to save their case against her bosses. Who are also on the retreat . . .
There are a lot of suspects, all with different reasons to want Alice gone.
Harper again makes the story and the scenery come alive with her ability to write descriptive sentences. There are times that the beauty of a first book is lost in the follow up. AND she corrected the problems I had with the first book.
I love her protagonist. Falk is flawed but authentic. He’s not perfect, but he’s real.
And I love the varying facets of this story. There’s the disappearance of Alice. There’s the investigation into the company where she worked. There’s the interpersonal relationships between Alice and her co-workers. There’s Alice’s daughter and her issues.
There’s also Falk and his issues. His past (his father, his hometown, the story from The Dry ), and his present issues. There’s also his building partnership with Cooper — and just a bit of sexual tension. Seriously, a very small bit.
And there’s the isolated beauty of the Australian wilderness, creating its own facet of the story.
All these facets work well together to build conflict perfectly, erupting at the perfect time, with the lava of the resolution flowing slowly but steadily, until readers know the conclusion.
Harper’s second book was nearly perfect.
And now I wait with baited breath for number three.