Halcyon Book Club - Force of Nature by Jane Harper
With Judith Masters, Halcyon Lakeside Sunshine Coast
Judith Masters is a retired magazine publisher and, writing as J Mary Masters, is the author of three novels, and is currently working on her next novel. This is one of Judith’s top reads for autumn.
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Published by Macmillan Australia
The latest outing for Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk – introduced in Harper’s bestselling debut, The Dry – takes us to the fictional Giralang Ranges where five women are reluctant participants in a corporate team-building hike.
The tension mounts when only four emerge, bedraggled, at the end. Falk has a particular interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker, a whistleblower in a money laundering case.
As the women gradually reveal what really happened, a picture emerges of deep-seated distrust, intimidation and violence.
In Force of Nature, Harper again ramps up the psychological tension as lives unravel and layers of civilised behaviour peel away.