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review 2018-07-24 13:48
"Ins Dunkel": Langsamer Spannungsaufbau
Force of Nature: A Novel - Jane Harper

Die ersten Dreiviertel von "Ins Dunkel" lesen sich flüssig und unterhaltsam, allerdings fehlt für einen echten Thriller der richtige Thrill - der (psychologische) Nervenkitzel, der die Handlung erbarmungslos vorantreibt. Der Autorin gelingt es aber, eine kontinuierliche Grundspannung aufzubauen, die für meinen Geschmack jedoch etwas intensiver hätte sein können.

 

Die Geschichte wird abwechselnd auf zwei Ebenen erzählt: Einerseits folgt das Buch der Suche nach der vermissten Alice aus Sicht der beiden Ermittler Aaron Falk und Carmen Cooper, andererseits den Geschehnissen im Wald vor Alices Verschwinden. Diese clevere Struktur, die sich von zwei Seiten aus auf die Aufklärung zubewegt, wäre ideal gewesen für fesselnde Cliffhanger zwischen den Kapiteln eines Handlungsstranges. Doch die wenigen Cliffhanger, die die Autorin einbaut, sind eher zahm.

 

Erst gegen Ende entwickelt das Buch plötzlich einen richtigen Sog und baut eine enorme Spannung auf. Jede der fünf Kolleginnen, die sich bei einer gemeinsamen Teambuilding-Maßnahme in einem australischen Nationalpark verlaufen, hegt mindestens ein privates Geheimnis. Am Ende erfährt der Leser nicht nur, was mit Alice passiert ist, sondern auch wie die persönlichen Probleme der Frauen die Situation beeinflusst haben. Mit der dramatischen und überraschenden Auflösung gelingt Jane Harper ein fulminanter Abschluss.

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text 2018-07-20 19:38
Spannung pur
Ins Dunkel (Aaron Falk ermittelt, Band 2) - Jane Harper,Ulrike Wasel,Klaus Timmermann

Inhalt:
Fünf Frauen unternehmen eine Wanderung durch den australischen Busch, organisiert von ihrer Firma, ausgerüstet nur mit Kompass und Landkarte.
Tage später kommen nur vier von ihnen zurück.
Aaron Falk, Ermittler der australischen Polizei, steht somit vor einer Herausforderung.

Fazit:
Ab der ersten Seite bis zur letzten Seite ein sehr spannender und interessanter Thriller. Ich finde das Thema inhaltlich toll gewählt - einmal etwas anderes und nicht ein typischer 0815 Thriller wie es sie massenhaft gibt. Gut finde ich auch, dass die Geschichte zu Beginn in zwei Erzählstränge gegliedert ist. Alles in allem ein gelungener Thriller mit viel Spannung.
Ich konnte das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen, und dank des flüssigen Schreibstils bin ich schnell durch die Seiten geflogen. Absolute Empfehlung meinerseits.

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review 2018-03-22 22:06
Force of Nature
Force of Nature: A Novel - Jane Harper
I really loved Jane’s first novel, The Dry so I was hoping this second novel was going to be just as fantastic as the first. The funny thing was, I kept having to remind myself as I read, that these were grown women that I was reading about and not teenagers. I just couldn’t believe grown women would behave this way. It was like a free-for-all as they verbally and mentally stabbed each other on a corporate retreat. I also had a hard understanding how not one of these women knew how to read a map and no one thought this might be important to know before they went on this adventure together.
 
The novel begins as a group of tired men walk out of the brush, having just finished a corporate retreat out in the wilderness. They have made it! The men now have to wait for a group of corporate women who had their own separate retreat to return to this pickup site so they can return home. Panic sets in as the women make it back for Alice was not among those who have returned. How could she had gotten lost when she left before the other women did?
 
We travel back in time to hear how the women’s retreat went as Federal Agent Falk reappears and it was nice to have Falk back after having him in The Dry. Falk is tied to this investigation and it’s not just because he is working the case. Falk knew Alice before this investigation started so as they begin to unravel the case, Falk’s prior interest in Alice comes into play. It seems that the instant these women are left alone on this retreat, the claws came out. Who in their right mind thought putting these women together would be a good decision? They all seemed liked pests as they go at one another, either behind their backs or right to their faces. It didn’t just start on this retreat, oh no, this has been building and the gloves are coming off! The author decided that we need more drama as the women come upon an evil cabin. I loved the idea of this cabin, the aroma and the filth was sufficient for me but this cabin had a greater story, a story I didn’t feel was necessary for this novel.
 
I was glad to see Agent Falk back in this novel and I enjoyed Jane’s writing. I wasn’t too thrilled with all the women’s battering that was taking place during this novel. I did enjoy the side stories that surfaced and how they all tied in to one another. I look forward to more stories by Jane.

 

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text 2018-03-14 14:04
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Force of Nature: A Novel - Jane Harper

I admit that I'm not the best person to read a map, heck don't even give me north, south, east, or west directions or I'll probably give you one of "what you talking about" looks but out of all these girls, not one of them can read a map?

 

 

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review 2018-02-20 00:00
The Dry
The Dry - Jane Harper Federal Agent Aaron Falk is dragged back to the small Australian town from which he was exiled twenty years ago by the funeral of his childhood friend. It turns out that his friend has been accused of committing a horrible crime, and everyone in town believes that his death was just a simple case of domestic homicide followed by suicide from the resulting guilt. Jane Harper’s title for her first novel, The Dry, alludes to the ravaging and unrelenting drought Falk’s town has endured for years. Agent Falk is unsure what to believe about Luke, his friend who he has barely connected with over the past two decades. Luke’s parents convince Aaron to stay for awhile to investigate some possible alternative explanation, or at least a motive. Aaron reluctantly agrees to help the local PD, even though he specializes in financial crimes, and is not exactly given a warm welcome by the town’s inhabitants. As he seeks to discover the series of events that led to Luke’s death, Aaron’s own secrets and tragic details of a long-ago crime become apparent. Harper unwraps the two mysteries amidst the backdrop of a town filled with simmering heat and anger. This novel manages to be both surprising and logical, with some good twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing. The Dry is excellent for a first effort, and Agent Aaron Falk is a likeable character who will make a welcome return in the sequel, Force of Nature, just recently released by Flatiron Books.
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