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Meet Our October Book of The Month!

Jane Harper's second novel, Force of Nature, featuring Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is a gripping crime thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat!
And luckily, it's our October Book of the Month! But we won't gush on...we'll let Jane tell you all about the book herself:

Here's what our teams around Australia are saying:

Following the phenomenal debut of her first novel, 'The Dry', Jane Harper returns with the equally well-written and suspenseful, 'Force of Nature'. Harper successfully combines the whodunit prowess of Agatha Christie with the relentlessness of the Australian Bush. 'Force of Nature' provides a fast-paced read that uses all it's characters to deliver a layered and complex example of crime-fiction. 4.5 stars. - T.S., Innaloo QBD

I loved it! Another spellbinding thriller full of suspense from Jane Harper, just like her debut novel The Dry.
Alice Russell goes missing during a team building exercise in rugged bushland, with Aaron Falk called into help solve the mystery once again. A page turner from the beginning, it kept pace but was a bit anti-climatic at the end. I'm patiently awaiting her next novel! 4 stars. - R.D., Strathpine QBD

Addictive and atmospheric, Force of Nature is suspenseful in a way you simply have to experience for yourself. Jane Harper effortlessly captures a sense of place, highlighting the dangers of the Australian bush as five women try to navigate their way out..and only four return. With a fine line between the truth and lies, and a mini-cliffhanger at the end of each chapter - I could not put it down! 4.5 stars. - E.A., Miranda QBD

Harper lives up to the hype in her highly anticipated sequel, Force of Nature. The characters, plot, and realistic setting are as superb and well-crafted as they were in her award-winning debut The Dry. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed Big Little Lies—the book, or the television show—anyone who read and enjoyed The Dry, and all lovers of a good-old-fashioned 'whodunit' story. 5 stars. - T.H., Browns Plains QBD

Jane Harper impresses her ever-widening readership again with this corporate-crime thriller which develops the Australian landscape into a character just as dark, secretive and brooding as the others. Police procedural continues to get its Harper makeover, Patricia Cornwell meets Liane Moriarty with Fiona Palmer standing nearby in a pair of jeans. 3.5 stars. - J.D., Doncaster QBD

Have you read The Dry?

the-dry-smaller-version"As he rode away the blowflies were already starting to circle."

Reading this book, I was so intrigued by the two central stories. The holes in the evidence of a present day murder-suicide and the questionable suicide of a young girl 20 years earlier. Harper is a great writer and her background in journalism allowed her to develop a well rounded story that gives and takes at the right moments.

I loved the small town dynamic and the ripple effects of rumours and lies. The characters were well rounded (none of them were bland or unnecessary page fillers) and every one of them played a role in the small dying town of Kiewarra. The effects of the drought on a small farming community were devastating. I really enjoyed how Harper reflected the drought in the personalities and actions of different characters and the overall tone of a dying town. The weather was essentially a focal character in itself, with the effects of the heat uncovering emotions and resentment buried over the years. This was a great debut novel by a promising Australian author.

"His own naivety taunted him like a flicker of madness."
- Zena, QBD Northland

QBD Reviews: The Dry by Jane Harper

Everyone is raving about our Book of the Month, The Dry!

the-dry-smaller-versionSo much happens in this book that it is hard to write a review without giving anything away..
The farming community of Kiewarra is in the midst of drought and when Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife, son and then himself the town reacts.
When federal police investigator Aaron Falk returns to the town after being chased away 20 years earlier to farewell his friend Luke, old wounds and old secrets are re-opened.
With the local police and Luke's parents asking Aaron to stay in town and investigate whether Luke actually did the killings, the story begins to unravel.
Every time I thought I'd figured it out another twist was thrown at me. A stunning debut.. - Melissa, QBD Blacktown

Jane Harper stuns with this haunting debut novel, 'The Dry'. Set in outback Australia, a young family are dead in an apparent murder/suicide. But as an old childhood friend comes home to investigate, it would seem not all is as it appears and a childhood murder mystery comes back to life to haunt those left behind. This novel speaks with a slow drawl that will entrance you from the very first page and have you captivated until the very last.  - Erin, QBD Cairns Manager

QBD Book of the Month: Jane Harper’s The Dry

QBD's June Book of the Month is the fabulous literary debut, The Dry by Jane Harper.

the-dry-smaller-versionCountry towns keep their secrets close.  When the struggles of rural life are made worse by a long harsh drought, something has to give.
A young farmer has murdered his wife and son, then taken his truck into the dry scrub and shot himself. At the family's funeral emotions are high. The rage of the townsfolk is made worse by the arrival of a Melbourne policeman, Aaron Falk, who had left the town many years before under a cloud. He had come to say farewell to his childhood friend only to find that things may not be as clear cut as they seem. The killer's mother is sure there has been a mistake, so Aaron takes a few days leave to look into the initial police investigation. The evidence doesn't add up and a few locals make sure his visit is not a pleasant one.
When the local police sergeant starts asking questions too, a past mystery and the  bloody murder suicide lead to a story that twists and turns through past hatreds, local secrets and closets full of skeletons.
Teenage love and betrayal, lies and secrets uncovered, small-town hatreds and old fashioned police work had me guessing to the end. For a first-time novelist Jane Harper has written an assured and masterful murder mystery.
- David, QBD Woden