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by Little Brown, 1st February 2018. ISBN: 978-1-40871088-3 (HB)
was knocked out by Jane Harper’s first book The Dry, and so it was with
great excitement that I opened the pages of Force of Nature and I was
story opens with the male half of a corporate teambuilding exercise gratefully
returning to civilisation, retrieving their mobile phones and getting back in
contact with the outside world.Initially, pleased to be first back, they smugly await the return of the
female team. But as the hour of the rendezvous passes, smugness turns into
irritation.When the women finally limp
into camp they are one short. Alice is missing!
the search swings into action, the narrative switches between the story of the
five ill-matched women taken out of their comfort zone and left to survive in
the rugged terrain of the Giralang Rangers outside Melbourne.Petty squabbles and disagreements between the
five quickly surface.Jill Bailey, owing
to her position in the company of Bailey Tennants, assumes the position of
leader of the group, but she is constantly challenged by Alice.One of the team members Lauren has known
Alice since schooldays. They have a dark history. Also within the group are two
sisters, and all five have secrets.
of the news of the missing woman is Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk, with whom
Alice had been in contact. She was expected to deliver to him documents that were evidence of
malpractice at Bailey Tennants.
the mix is the fact that a serial Killer, Martin Kovac, still haunts that
characters are sharply drawn, and the tensions between the group are stretched
to breaking point, then they begin to turn on each other. But did they resort
plotted, this is an absorbing and thrilling page-turner.Most highly recommended.
Jane Harper was born in Manchester in the UK, and moved to
Australia with her family at age eight. She spent six years in Boronia,
Victoria, and during that time gained Australian citizenship. Returning to the
UK with her family as a teenager, she lived in Hampshire before studying
English and History at the University of Kent in Canterbury. On graduating, she
completed a journalism entry qualification and got her first reporting job as a
trainee on the Darlington & Stockton Times in County Durham. Jane
worked for several years as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily
Mail, before moving back to Australia in 2008. She worked first on the Geelong
Advertiser, and in 2011 took up a role with the Herald Sun in
Melbourne. In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for
the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition. That inspired her to pursue
creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown
Creative online 12-week novel writing course. She was accepted with a
submission for the book that would become The Dry and wrote the first
full draft during the three-month course. Jane lives in St Kilda with her
husband and daughter.