I really enjoyed this book.. forced to go on a corporate retreat with people I don't really like or get along with. I'd go crazy too. All the characters in this book have some type of flaw.
Its a good little mystery that becomes a page turner. You can feel the trees closing in on you and the hopeless feeling of being lost. Very well done.
"Hell is other people." (Jean-Paul Sartre, "No Exit") IMO, Aaron and Carmen just waste pages.
Highly recommended book with realistic characters. Starts a bit slow but then becomes “unput-downable”. Would make a great movie.
Read her first book, The Dry, and totally enjoyed that one also.
Jane Harper is my new favorite author. Her characters are totally human and believable. Dialogue is real and the storyline has lots of twists and turns so kept me turning pages. Set in current day Australia, it's a great change of pace for mystery fans from the usual American or British procedurals or the heavy-duty Scandinavian dark mysteries. Highly recommend.
A terrific novel for mystery lovers. A group of women become lost in the woods during a workplace excursion; when they are found, one of them is missing, and accounts vary. The police are called in to search for her, and to find an explanation. Harper maintains the suspense throughout, revealing the truth slowly, bit by bit; allowing for many possible explanations and deftly playing with the reader's assumptions and expectations right to the end.
A very worthy successor to Jane Harper's THE DRY.
Didn’t like this one as well as the first book in the series. Seemed strange that the main character was just a bystander and not really active in solving the case. All 5 women involved in the mystery were unlikeable. Put these two things together and it was hard to be drawn into the story. Set up for the third book looks like it might be better, so I won’t give up on the series yet.
Another riveting mystery/thriller from newcomer Harper with agent Aaron Falk. I love this author's books! This one starts with a group of women on a corporate retreat walking out of the Australian bush bruised, battered and very overdue. Five women entered but only four come out. The story is told in the present, concentrating on our financial fraud agents, and in flashbacks telling what happened in the bush. The alternating chapters get shorter and shorter as the two stories converge. Very good character development and un-put-down-able tension. One of my best of the year so far.
Right from the start,, I have several complaints: First of all, the structure and voicing: The narrative is told entirely in the third person but from the perspectives of multiple characters (Agent Falk; Jill Bailey; Beth Mckenzie; Bree Mckenzie; Lauren Shaw; back and forth it goes). How can the writer possibly speak from within the consciousness of so many different people with any sort of credibility?
Next, there's the character of Alice: Dramatic tension needs to center around this woman who has gone missing and who may have been placed in a vulnerable position; as a reader, I need to care about her welfare; but I don't. There is nothing engaging about her. She and the rest of them, a hundred pages in, still remain shadowy, inconsequential, one-dimensional. And the writing style doesn't help: Dull, flat, impersonal, colorless.
Finally, there's the overall set-up: A police plant, possibly an unwilling one; a seemingly poisonous work environment; suspicion of some corporate wrongdoing; an over-privileged bunch of company wonks on a "team building" exercise that all of them resent. NO ONE is liking what is going on here. And neither am I. I say to hell with the lot of them, I just wanted to get to the end and move on.
Great characters, lots of twists and turns, plus a very atmospheric setting made for another fantastic mystery in what is sure to become one of my favourite mystery series. Can't wait for #3 to be written!
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