Five women pick up their backpacks and start walking along a muddy track. Only four come out on the other side.
The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone. At least that's 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.
Force of Nature is on sale in Australia now and due for release in the US, the UK and in translation in 2018.
Read Chapter 1 here first
FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
(winners named March 26)
Force of Nature is a breathless, riveting and wholly immersive read dripping with atmosphere and fraught with suspense.
Force of Nature provides further proof: Jane Harper knows all there is to know about detonating the gut-level shocks of a great thriller.