Force of Nature – By Jane Harper

How well do you know the people you work with? Would you be willing to go on a team building adventure with them for a weekend in the wilderness? I’m here to tell you that I wouldn’t want to spend any amount of time in the wilderness with the group of women from this book!

I listened to Force of Nature as an audiobook, narrated by Stephen Shanahan. It’s the second book in a series following Australian Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk. Aaron is such a Good Guy. I just want to see him do well for himself. He has quite a bit of backstory that you learn about in the first book of the series, The Dry. I actually highly recommend reading it before Force of Nature. There are some character development scenes that depend on what we learned in The Dry (which is a great book, I might add). But I’m here to tell you what I thought of Force of Nature!

These five women go into the wilderness on a team building exercise but only four of them return. The one who is missing left a mysterious voicemail on Aaron’s phone in the small hours of the morning she disappeared. What happened to her?

The story is split between the investigation and a narrative of what took place from the start of the team building weekend, moving forward a bit at a time in each chapter from different perspectives of the women attending. I was confused at first, but after a couple of chapters I got used to it and started looking forward to the stories from the women.

In addition to the suspense of the mysterious disappearance, this book has great undertones of strength of family, the love between a parent and child, and questions what a person would be willing to do for their job.

Jane Harper has another Aaron Falk book scheduled to come out in 2023 and I’m looking forward to reading it as well! I give this book a solid five stars. It didn’t disappoint me at all!

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