My cousin in Scotland gave me a book to take with me on the remainder of our trip. The book is Force of Nature by Jane Harper.The story is set in Victoria on the Mornington Peninsula. My daughter lives near there and we often visit the peninsula when visiting our daughter.
“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.”
The Giralang Ranges are fictional but the Mornington Peninsula is not. I found the atmosphere in this book full of dread and suspense. I kept changing my mind about each of the characters. I was completely sucked in to the situation.
I haven’t read Jane Harper’s first novel, The Dry, so I will definitely need to do so now.