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Publisher's Summary

Five women reluctantly leave the city for a challenging hike across the rugged Giralang Ranges as part of a corporate retreat. Only four come out the other side. 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. In an investigation that takes Falk from corporate heartland to isolated bushland, he discovers that every person on that retreat had something to hide....

©2017 Jane Harper (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Didn't quite live up to The Dry

I loved The Dry by Jane Harper her first debut novel and was eager for the release of Force of Nature. This is a good book, and Harper is an excellent storyteller. But for me it definitely fell short. It was very slow to get into , and I found the mystery unravels very slowly - sometimes painfully so.

Harper's description of the landscape and the cold and wet atmosphere was bang on, I was shivering!!!

This book is a similar structure to The Dry with the story moving from past to present with each chapter, which helps to build the suspense.

I really like Harper's writing style and she develops great believable characters I can relate to. I really wanted to kill Alice Russell myself LOL!! But then on the flip side I didn't feel as connected to our hero Aaron Falk, as I did in The Dry.

All in all, it was an enjoyable book, but for me The Dry is so much better all round. I'd definitely love to see what Harper has coming next!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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extremely enjoyable aussie story

Awesome aussie story. My first Aaron Falk story... this is the beginning. Thoroughly enjoyed. wonderful

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Very interesting a bit spooky

I did not pick the ending at all but the bush setting made it very convincing I hope Aaron appears later in another story.

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Tedious

Narrator is so-so. Story however is tedious and the characters are trite, corny, childish. Yo-yo between the 2 main plots is tiring. Wanted good Australian fiction but didn’t find it.

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Excellent storyline but...

I loved the plot and didn't listen to a sample before I bought the book. I wasn't however a fan of the narrator and felt that let the overall experience feel like I was listening as a chore. I found the male narrator struggled with the tone and pitch for the predominately female cast of characters. This on top of his very thick Australian accent had me struggling with the book. This was only my third audiobook and has made me realise how much of an impact the narrator can have on the delivery of a book.

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Excellent Aussie Novel

Jane's first book was fantastic and this one had a lot to live up to. I found it very good to listen to well written and narrated I hope that there are many more to come in the series.

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Lost me a bit...

A good book overall but the story moved back and forth too much for me. I had to re-listen a few times. But others may not experience the same thing. Love the narrator, just excellent.

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Australian crime mystery

narrotors voice very good
story is very long but it was great to have as an audiobook

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Good, just good.

I loved listening to Jane Harper’s debut novel The Dry, Steve Shanahan absolutely nailed the narration, and I was gripped from start to finish. Brilliant! Unfortunately not so with Force Of Nature. The plot was definitely there, the setting was atmospheric, the loveable Aaron Faulk was back, and Steve Shanahan’s narration, yes! All the goods, but just didn’t grab me. The characters were not as strong, I struggled to relate to the female characters and the petty arguments between the women and I found myself waiting for something powerful to happen. Overall it was good. But fell short of my expectations. In saying that, I will definitely be up for more Aaron Faulk Aussie crime mysteries if there are more on the horizon. Bring it!

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  • Ayjay
  • Ipswich Qld
  • 14-03-2018

Had to Return this Audio

For the most part, a book-the story, is what moves us. Even in audio format. But what if it’s the narrator that just makes it impossible to connect us to the story? This is how I experienced Force of Nature. I was disappointed because I enjoyed the first in the series. Too many character voices blending into one- I got as lost as Alice and confused! So, thank you to Audible for allowing its return. I guess one I will have to engage with via hard copy. Not that it’s an issue! Love the author’s work. Just not the narrator’s performance this time.

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  • Marti
  • 08-03-2018

Absolute Enjoyment

I really enjoyed this well crafted story and appreciated the narration.
The Australian bush and birds are different from anywhere else
on earth and were well portrayed.

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  • Timothy
  • 01-01-2018

Mildly Entertaining

I really didn’t enjoy listening to the narrator. I felt his voice distracted me too much. The story was only ok and I struggled to finish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful