AUTHOR TALK: JANE HARPER

Jane Harper's bestselling debut first novel, The Dry, was awarded Indie Book of the Year 2017 and ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2017, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Her second novel, Force of Nature, follows the disappearance of a woman on a corporate retreat and delves into an investigation wrought with secrets, deception and distrust.
 
About Force of Nature;
Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.
 
The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is 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.