FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper, Pan Macmillan.
Even before she sets out on a challenging team-building hike with her colleagues, single mum Alice Russell is in a bit of strife. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has been putting pressure on her to blow the whistle on the shady financial dealings of her bosses. So when she doesn’t make it out of the Giralang Ranges with her co-workers, he’s one of the first on the scene. Jane Harper’s follow up to her best-seller The Dry, is as thick with menace as the bush that seems to swallow the difficult Alice. Has the serial killer who once used the area left a deadly legacy? Or have the troubles the women brought with them proven to be lethal? Force of Nature cuts between past and present, corporate and domestic, and cements its author as one of Australia’s boldest thriller writers.