Jane Harper: Force of Nature

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760554781
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 26/09/2017
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Crime & mystery
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Price: $9.99

From the international bestselling author of The Dry and the upcoming novel The Lost Man.

Lost, Cold, Desperate ... Danger Runs Deep

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.


"Force of Nature bristles with wit; it crackles with suspense; it radiates atmosphere. An astonishing book from an astonishing writer" A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

"I loved The Dry. Force of Nature is even better. Brilliantly paced, it wrong-foots the reader like a rocky trail through the bush" Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown

"Lord of the Flies in the Australian outback, with grown women in place of school boys. I loved every chilling moment of it. A blistering follow-up to The Dry from one of the best new voices in crime fiction" Sarah Hilary, author the DI Marnie Rome series

"...once again Harper manages to touch on something mythic in the Australian experience of the land" The Age

"The narrative is finely constructed, with perfectly measured pace and suspense. So much so that it reminded me of another master of form, Liane Moriarty. As with Moriarty, Harper has that rare touch that manages to cross the genre divide and appeal more widely to general readers" The Saturday Paper

"Harper's mastery of pace makes Force Of Nature one of 2017's best thrillers" Elle Magazine

"Gripping thriller will have readers hooked" The Sunday Telegraph

"Force of Nature proves Jane Harper, author of The Dry, is no one-hit wonder. Its premise is instantly gripping" The Herald Sun


Winner for Davitt Awards Reader's Choice 2018Winner for Davitt Awards Reader's Choice 2018.

Long-listed for ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2018Long-listed for ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2018.

Author Information

Jane Harper is the author of The Dry, winner of various awards including the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the 2017 Indie Award Book of the Year and the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year Award. Rights have been sold in 30 territories worldwide, and film rights optioned to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne. Her second novel, Force of Nature was released in October 2017.
Awards for The Dry:
2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer
2017 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year
2017 Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction
2017 Australian Book Industry Awards General Fiction Book of the Year Award
2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year Award
2017 Davitt Award for Debut Fiction
2017 Davitt Award for Adult Fiction
2017 CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel
2017 New Kelly Award for Best First Fiction


4 September 2018

Join us at the Frankston Arts Centre where A.J. Finn will discuss his works and career in conversation with Jane Harper, award winning Australian author of The Dry. The session will be followed by opportunity for questions as well as book signings. Both A.J.Finn and Jane Harper titles will be available to purchase on the night for signings.

7:00 PM

Frankston Arts Centre
27-37 Davey Street Frankston VIC 3199 Website