Force of Nature

Jane Harper's new novel

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.

Read Chapter 1 here first

Force of Nature is on sale in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Book rights have been sold in more than 20 territories.

Released in Australia in October 2017, Force of Nature has been shortlisted in the Fiction Book of the Year category of the 2018 Indie Awards (winners to be announced March 26).


quotegraphicThe Sunday Times

Force of Nature returns to the severe, unforgiving territory of the bush — and it is even more impressive than The Dry
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quotegraphicWashington Post

With Force of Nature, Harper continues the intense plotting and detail for setting that she established in The Dry
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quotegraphicChicago Tribune

Harper, anything but a flash in the pan, has again raised the bar for emerging crime writers
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quotegraphicEvening Standard

A heady brew that sends the reader reeling. Once again Harper leaves you gagging to know who did what
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Force of Nature is a breathless, riveting and wholly immersive read dripping with atmosphere and fraught with suspense
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