Five women go for a hike in the Australian bush; four return. The hike is a corporate retreat and no one wants to be there, least of all Alice, the woman who disappears.

Aaron Falk, the detective first encountered in The Dry, Jane Harper’s debut, is investigating the company that sponsored the retreat, and Alice is one of his sources. Was she murdered because of her involvement? Or something else?

This area of wilderness is haunted by memories of a long-ago serial killer, who died in prison. Is her disappearance connected somehow to those murders? Tangled personal and professional relationships and an atmospheric location make this a satisfying mystery.