FORCE TO BE RECK­ONED WITH

THE COM­PELLING FOL­LOW-UP TO ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE THRILLERS IS OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH

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Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry was a can’t-put-down thriller that shot to the top of best­seller lists – in fact, it was such a hit that Reese Witherspoon’s pro­duc­tion com­pany has now ac­quired the film rights – and the Melbourne-based au­thor’s sec­ond, equally grip­ping novel is set to be just as pop­u­lar. Force Of Na­ture sees the re­turn of de­tec­tive Aaron Falk, this time in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of a whistle­blower in­volved in his lat­est case while on a cor­po­rate re­treat that turns out to be any­thing but strait­laced. What be­gins as a bush­walk meant to bond five fe­male col­leagues quickly takes a dark turn, and only four emerge at the other end. It’s more of a slow burner than her de­but (in which a fam­ily of three is killed within the first pages), but Harper’s mas­tery of pace makes Force Of Na­ture one of 2017’s best thrillers – and the per­fect case against oblig­a­tory team-build­ing ex­er­cises if ever we’ve read one. Force Of Na­ture ($32.99, Pan Macmil­lan Aus­tralia) is out Septem­ber 26

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