Pandemic Audio: Force of Nature by Jane Harper, 2018, downloaded from Wisconsin Digital Library.
I finished this in 2020 and never entered notes. I'm writing this in July, 2021 and backdating to December, 2020.
This novel and Harper's previous novels always have a great sense of place. All of the geography - weather, terrain, water, local customs, local behavior - work for me. This had me wishing I could go on a backpacking trip.
Corporate retreat in the Australian forest ends up with a small group going missing. One woman is found dead, murdered with a head bash (as I recall). The cops get involved early because one of the missing women was an informant regarding a financial crime within the corporation. One of the cops is dude from Harper's THE DRY. Extra spice is added because two of the women are battling sisters with one an achiever and the other a boozer. There are also:
- Personal angers dating to school-age.
- Multiple family dramas and tensions
- Beginners lost in the cold and wet forest without proper gear or food.
- Memories of a serial killer who stalked the area.
- Race against time to locate the missing hikers with bad weather coming in.