Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

I am one of those very, very luck people who sometimes get books for free for review purposes. When I come home from work and see a parcel waiting for me I rip into it as if there is a time limit on its survivability. Any delay and the parcel will implode and be rendered useless. This particular parcel was non-descript (like they all are) but contained a book I was so excited about reading, that I did a little jig of happiness. Not only that, but it was signed. I might have died a little with joy.

A little over a year ago I reviewed Jane Harper’s The Dry and today I bring you a review of the sequel, Force of Nature.

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Federal Agent Aaron Falk is called back to his hometown of Kiewarra in rural Australia to attend the funeral of his best friend who committed suicide after murdering his wife and 6-year-old son. Falk is in shock – the friend he knew wouldn’t have done this. But how well did he know Luke? Yes, they were best friends when younger but that was a long time ago and people change.

But heading back to Kiewarra is so much more than saying goodbye to an old friend. Falk and his father were actually run out of town almost two decades before after the death of Ellie Dean. Ellie (along with Gretchen whom we meet later in The Dry) made up the rest of the Awesome Foursome along with Falk and Luke. When she was found dead in the river with stones and rocks in her pockets and boots, Falk and his father were blamed. Ellie’s death had never been explained and Falk was never sure it was suicide. Once back in Kiewarra, Falk starts to get niggling doubts about Luke too. It doesn’t quite make sense…

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