The Lost Man

The Lost Man

Jane Harper / Jul 22, 2019

The Lost Man Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane Harper

  • Title: The Lost Man
  • Author: Jane Harper
  • ISBN: 1250105684
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane HarperThey are at the stockman s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane HarperThey are at the stockman s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron The Bright family s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish Something had been troubling Cameron Did he lose hope and walk to his death Because if he didn t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly anticipated next book from the bestselling and award winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 352 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Flatiron Books first published October 23rd 2018 More Details ISBN 1250105684 ISBN13 9781250105684 Edition Language English Other Editions 16 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Lost Man, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Has October 23rd been confirmed is saying February of 19 like 7 months ago See all 3 answers Liz Just picked up this book today Oct 23, 2018 at BerkerlouW Books in Westfield Mall, Hornsby, NWS, Australia Excited to read Harper s 3rd novel flag Is this an Aaron Falk book, or a stand alone like 8 months ago See all 2 answers Annabel standalone, although if you ve read The Dry you will spot one or two sneaky crossover references flag See 2 questions about The Lost Man Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Not From a Series 254 books 233 voters Most Anticipated Books of 2019 414 books 390 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 14, 2018 Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves mystery thriller, 2018 At night, when the sky felt even bigger, he could almost imagine it was a million years ago and he was walking on the bottom of the sea A million years ago when a million natural events still needed to occur, one after the other, to form this land as it lay in front of him now A place where rivers flooded without rain and seashells fossilised a thousand miles from water and men who left their cars found themselves walking to their deaths. 4 stars I think at this point I can definitely say th At night, when the sky felt even bigger, he could almost imagine it was a million years ago and he was walking on the bottom of the sea A million years ago when a million natural events still needed to occur, one after the other, to form this land as it lay in front of him now A place where rivers flooded without rain and seashells fossilised a thousand miles from water and men who left their cars found themselves walking to their deaths. 4 stars I think at this point I can definitely say that Harper is one of my favourite thriller writers The Lost Man is a standalone, which, like her two previous novels The Dry and Force of Nature really takes advantage of its setting to create a deeply atmospheric and evocative story.This book is set in the dry heat and isolation of the Australian outback When local good guy Cameron Bright is found dead in the dirt, having dehydrated nine miles away from his parked car, it looks like it could be a bizarre suicide Men have done stranger things out there in that desert But his older brother, Nathan, remains unconvinced Too many things don t add up, and it even looks like a long buried part of Cameron s past might have come back to haunt him.What follows is an emotional and character driven tale about families and abuse Nathan will need to return to memories of his own troubled childhood, growing up with an abusive father, in order to figure out what happened to Cameron.Personally, I think many readers will guess at the direction the story is headed, but that did not make it any less satisfying I like Harper s novels so much because she focuses on the characters and relationships, making the read about than solving the mystery This is the most effective and rewarding mystery thriller writing, in my experience, because you don t feel like you ve been short changed if you guess the answers.I also appreciate how well the author handled a mystery thriller where the protagonist was not a detective Many authors struggle to make this convincing amateur investigations often seem daft but she didn t have Nathan grabbing a Sherlock hat and magnifying glass His uncovering of the secrets was much natural and realistic than that.At its heart, The Lost Man is than a murder mystery it is a tale of families, loneliness, second chances and forgiveness A complicated web of loyalties and conflicts exist between the members of the Bright family, and it is extremely compelling to read about Write , please.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 315 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jan 04, 2019 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing Recommended to Chelsea by Flatiron Books Shelves from publisher, netgalley He used to say the ones who wandered off called the loudest For the rest of their lives, their mums would hear them crying out in the wind Do you think that s true That this place has ghosts That the mothers would hear their lost children in the wind Guys, I m blown away I ve been a colossal fan of Jane Harper since her debut novel The Dry was published, and specifically a massive fan of her series protagonist Aaron Falk Her lush, atmospheric way of writing makes me feel the heat of He used to say the ones who wandered off called the loudest For the rest of their lives, their mums would hear them crying out in the wind Do you think that s true That this place has ghosts That the mothers would hear their lost children in the wind Guys, I m blown away I ve been a colossal fan of Jane Harper since her debut novel The Dry was published, and specifically a massive fan of her series protagonist Aaron Falk Her lush, atmospheric way of writing makes me feel the heat of the Australian outback, and her character driven plots are engaging than any high octane thriller, placing Harper squarely in the ring as one of the finest writers today When I found out that The Lost Man would be a stand alone novel, set apart from her police procedural series, I was a bit anxious due to the fact that I love those novels so much Clearly, I had nothing to be concerned over, as I m tempted to go so far as confirming that this is Harper s best work of fiction to date Dead men didn t talk Nathan must have thought that a hundred times over the years, but as he drove past the grave, the idea slipped slightly, taking on a strange and unfamiliar form It was uncomfortable as it lodged itself in the darkest corner of his mind One of the most appealing aspects of The Lost Man is how it takes a traditional genre and puts the author s unique flair on the subject If you ve spent any time in the world of crime fiction, then you have likely read your fair share of police procedurals and may have even grown weary of their repetitive, familiar behavior Here, Harper has inserted an amateur detective, the murder victim s brother, and made it read in a believable manner that feels neither contrived nor overdone As we follow Nathan s journey in determining if his brother Cam was murdered or committed suicide, there are no fancy tricks or improbable action sequences where we shake our heads thinking, No amateur would be able to pull that off Sometimes, the space almost seemed to call to Nathan Like a faint heartbeat, insistent and persuasive Life out here is hard We all try to get through the best way we can But trust me, there s not a single person here who isn t lying to themselves about something Is this a book that will shock you with unexpected twists and floor you with its unpredictable plot Probably not As someone who has read twisty psychological thrillers than I can count, I m finding it beyond difficult to pick up one of those that actually surprises me, or entertains me any The Lost Man isn t that type of read though this is a timeless tale of family dynamics, all too familiar abuse, and perhaps a small enough cast that you will possibly guess the final outcome before the reveal Let it be known, however, that I did NOT have it all nailed down before then. This is the beauty of the book though it s a small enough cast that your suspicion is cast upon everyone, and as the story progresses between past and present, the reader is brought to an emotional climax after a tense journey alongside of Nathan and his family The excellence is in Harper s style of writing, her ability to captivate the reader, and talented way of transporting us to a place we may never have a chance to visit in person in our lifetime If you enjoy emotionally charged, character driven stories, please do yourself a favor and pick this one up the second it lands in your hands I feel privileged to have found one of my Top Ten reads of 2019 in the first month of the year, but I ll be thinking about this gem of a novel for a considerable amount of time I received a review copy via the publisher. flag 235 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Nov 26, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss, literature, mystery thriller, netgalley feedback I had read Ms Harper s previous two books and loved them They were mysteries, and part of the Aaron Falk series This is a stand alone novel and quite different.What I loved about this book was Ms Harper s descriptive writing Here is a sampling of her exquisite descriptions of the Australian outback, telling about how it floods without raining It was a strange sight, even after forty two years, to watch the water rise, silent and stealthy, under a cloudless blue sky The river would lap I had read Ms Harper s previous two books and loved them They were mysteries, and part of the Aaron Falk series This is a stand alone novel and quite different.What I loved about this book was Ms Harper s descriptive writing Here is a sampling of her exquisite descriptions of the Australian outback, telling about how it floods without raining It was a strange sight, even after forty two years, to watch the water rise, silent and stealthy, under a cloudless blue sky The river would lap at its banks, swollen with rain that had fallen days before and a thousand kilometers north When it floods, most of this is under water You can t get over without a boat The houses and the town are all built on high ground, but the road disappears a lot of properties become islands This would, indeed, be a strange phenomenon to behold There are so many beautiful descriptions of what can only be called a brutal place to live, and yet there is beauty there as Ms Harper s words convey There is a legend about the stockman s grave and headstone, supposedly out in the middle of nowhere Not close to a town or anyone s home This is where Cameron s body is found and that is another puzzle to solve Why did Cameron choose to come to this site without any supplies This book was very much about family The Bright family with Liz and her sons, Nathan, Cameron and Bub It is the middle son, Cameron, who is found dead at the beginning of the novel It is a mystery as to why he was found dead apparently from lack of water and food in the unforgiving heat of the outback His car was found miles away fully stocked with supplies Cameron had lived here all of his life, why would he leave his car with all of the supplies and set out on his own, with nothing On questioning the family it becomes apparent that something has been off about Cameron s recent actions and we are left to puzzle out why There is mention of a young woman named Jenna, who had gone to the police when Cameron was only 17, charging him with raping her With the intervention of Cameron s powerful father, the charges were dismissed and the woman and her boyfriend left town Yet she had recently reached out for Cameron s phone number and address, why There are many family secrets which come to light throughout the novel Things went on in Cameron and Ilse s life with their two daughters which were only talked about in hushed tones What indeed had been going on I loved the interaction of Nathan with his son Xander, home for a school holiday Nathan and Xander s relationship grows quite a lot in the novel and it s great to read about their increased understanding of each other.This is still very much a mystery but with lots of familial relationships The only thing a bit different from this book is that I didn t feel the tension of solving the mystery that was present in her first two books This is of a slow burn but a great read ADDENDUM Quote changed on December 5 when I found that I had unknowingly quoted the same passage as another reviewer I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley The book will be published in February of 2019 flag 184 likesLike see review View all 55 comments Rae Great review, Dorie I enjoyed The Dry and glad you really liked this one I have added this to my TBR list Jan 30, 2019 03 47PM Dorie Traveling Sister Rae wrote Great review, Dorie I enjoyed The Dry and glad you really liked this one I have added this to my TBR list Thanks so much Rae, I hope yo Rae wrote Great review, Dorie I enjoyed The Dry and glad you really liked this one I have added this to my TBR list Thanks so much Rae, I hope you enjoy it Jan 30, 2019 04 39PM Dec 28, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves buddy read, direct from publisher, netgalley 4.5 Stars rounded up A Character Driven Novel to be Cherished Extremely Thought Provoking Living is hard in Queensland The dry, the heat, the financial hardship and the inability to make a living Families attempt to live off the land, raising cattle, red dust swirling all around them Most eventually leave and truthfully, few survive.The Bright brothers grew up in a time of struggle Nathan, a divorced dad to Xander, is the eldest son, who was shunned from town when he was young Cameron, 4.5 Stars rounded up A Character Driven Novel to be Cherished Extremely Thought Provoking Living is hard in Queensland The dry, the heat, the financial hardship and the inability to make a living Families attempt to live off the land, raising cattle, red dust swirling all around them Most eventually leave and truthfully, few survive.The Bright brothers grew up in a time of struggle Nathan, a divorced dad to Xander, is the eldest son, who was shunned from town when he was young Cameron, the middle son, is married with two children, and is also a very successful rancher and businessman and Bub the youngest, has always felt like an outsider.When Cameron s body is found at the Stockman s Grave, it seems unfathomable Did Cam take his own life or did someone end it If so, was it stranger or someone close to him For me, The Lost Man isn t a suspense or a mystery novel, even though it begins with the death of Cameron Bright It is a slow moving yet fascinating character study of a family in turmoil My favorite characters are Nathan and his son, Xander Every thought and action they take in this book are sheer perfection Xander is extremely observant and is also wise beyond his years and as for Nathan, he just about broke my heart.There are many questions that swirl around in The Lost Man by Jane Harper What is survival about In addition, what makes a life Thinking about these answers, my heart is heavy The Lost Man is such a thought provoking book This was my first read by Jane Harper Going into it, I was expecting it to be completely different I was therefore pleasantly surprised as I love character driven novels and the character of Nathan made a huge impression This is a book to savor, to think about for hours and days after and just revel in the beauty of This was a buddy read with Kaceey it garnered much discussion I think this would be a fantastic book for a book club discussion and I highly recommend this novel A huge thank you to Cathleen Kenney, Flatiron Books, NetGalley and Jane Harper for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on NetGalley and on 12.28.18 Will be published on and Twitter on release date of 2.5.18 flag 172 likesLike see review View all 94 comments Oct 15, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it He couldn t simply leave, for a lot of reasons Financial Practical And not least because sometimes, quite a lot of the time, he felt connected to the outback in a way that he loved There was something about the brutal heat, when the sun was high in the sky and he was watching the slow meandering movement of the herds Looking out over the wide open plains and seeing the changing colors It was the only time he felt something close to happiness I rarely start my reviews with a quote, but I He couldn t simply leave, for a lot of reasons Financial Practical And not least because sometimes, quite a lot of the time, he felt connected to the outback in a way that he loved There was something about the brutal heat, when the sun was high in the sky and he was watching the slow meandering movement of the herds Looking out over the wide open plains and seeing the changing colors It was the only time he felt something close to happiness I rarely start my reviews with a quote, but I wanted to share this description It is descriptions like that one that pulled me into the story, let me feel as if I were truly there instead of simply reading and observing This takes true talent, a talent that based on the three novels of hers I have read, this author has in spades A stand alone, a story of a family who own a large cattle ststion in the outback Three grown sons and various other family members as well as workers When the middle brother is found dead by the stockman s grave, a suicide is suspected as he week knew never to go far away from his supplies, the heat a definite killer The stockman s grave out in the middle of nowhere, a grave that has many urban legends attached So we enter the life of this family, their secrets, past acts and grievances, things seen but not apparent nor questionable at the time There is much tension simmering under the surface, and this death will bring all to the surface.The death is only the background, the family and their relationships, past misdeeds and abuses, at the forefront A story that even those who do not read mysteries will enjoy A setting that is beautifully described and prose where not a word is wasted A family that has suffered much but still remain together Although different from her previous two novels, I think this one is my favorite, it is so realistically portrayed Now I have to wait impatiently for her nextC from Netgalley flag 165 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Jan 27, 2019 Meredith rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Slow, but worthwhile The Lost Man is a character study about the Bright brothers Nathan, Cameron, and Bub who live in the Australian outback When Cameron, whom the family considered to be the golden child, is found dead by the legendary stockman s grave, everyone s at a loss in the small outback community in which they live Cameron was loved by all and seemed to have the perfect life and family His death doesn t make sense His older brother Nathan tries to figure out what led to his broth Slow, but worthwhile The Lost Man is a character study about the Bright brothers Nathan, Cameron, and Bub who live in the Australian outback When Cameron, whom the family considered to be the golden child, is found dead by the legendary stockman s grave, everyone s at a loss in the small outback community in which they live Cameron was loved by all and seemed to have the perfect life and family His death doesn t make sense His older brother Nathan tries to figure out what led to his brother s death Was it suicide Murder Nathan is the narrator He is the oldest child and also the black sheep of the family Having lived in near exile from the last 10 years, Nathan s relationship with Cam was on shaky ground towards the end With his son Xander in tow, he begins to look for clues around the family farm trying to uncover the secrets behind the brother he barely knew The Bright family is good at keeping secrets and pretending not to see what s really going on The three boys grew up in a tumultuous household and have been deeply impacted by the events of their childhood.Even though The Lost Man is primarily about the Bright brothers, female characters play a pivotal role While they might be dutifully standing by in the background, their power lies in observation and quiet intelligence The Lost Man is extremely slow paced I started it twice before and wound up pushing it to the side for other books This time, I picked it up and once again I struggled with the pacing However, I forced myself to keep on reading and I am so thankful that I did If you are not a fan of books that move at an extremely slow pace, then this book will probably not work for you The pace does pick up as the novel progresses and and tidbits are revealed about the fascinating Bright family Harper s writing makes this a worthwhile read She transported me to the brutal conditions of the outback I could feel the heat emanating from the pages The characters are complex and compelling The mystery behind Cam s death is interesting, but the development of Nathan s character takes center stage and held my interest Overall, The Lost Man is a subtle, multilayered read filled with nuance and secrets that slowly unfold, leading to a startling conclusion I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review flag 145 likesLike see review View all 52 comments Meredith Tina wrote Great review Meredith Sometimes the slow ones are sooo worth it So true, Tina Feb 01, 2019 06 24PM Brittany Yes Feb 01, 2019 06 24PM Oct 26, 2018 Phrynne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5000 books Jane Harper is an author with real talent and a genuine knowledge of Australia and its landscape In this, her third book, she takes us into outback Queensland with its unimaginably huge cattle stations and its devastating dryness and heat.One major aspect of living in such a place is that the people must be independent as services we take for granted living in a city are not as available In this story, after Nathan and Bub find their brother dead there are no forensic specialists, no pathologi Jane Harper is an author with real talent and a genuine knowledge of Australia and its landscape In this, her third book, she takes us into outback Queensland with its unimaginably huge cattle stations and its devastating dryness and heat.One major aspect of living in such a place is that the people must be independent as services we take for granted living in a city are not as available In this story, after Nathan and Bub find their brother dead there are no forensic specialists, no pathologists, just one lone policeman who covers a huge area He spends most of the book hundreds of kilometres away dealing with a bus crash and it is up to the family to find their own solutions to the unexpected death.I enjoyed the characters especially Nathan and Xander The two little girls, Sophie and Lo, are fun too and we see some of the ways children live their outback lives with School of the Air and ponies to ride every day All very interesting I enjoyed it all and read it in a day Now I wait with anticipation to see what the author does next flag 127 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 31, 2018 Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves best of 2018 The Lost Man is a stand alone mystery from Jane Harper It s a slow burn of a book A man is found dead of dehydration out in the middle of his Australian cattle station There s no rhyme or reason for him to have been there, kilometers away from his well provisioned, working car His other two brothers try to sort through the why of his demise Harper parcels out clues and backstories in small bites We slowly get to see further into each of the brothers, not to mention the father that shaped t The Lost Man is a stand alone mystery from Jane Harper It s a slow burn of a book A man is found dead of dehydration out in the middle of his Australian cattle station There s no rhyme or reason for him to have been there, kilometers away from his well provisioned, working car His other two brothers try to sort through the why of his demise Harper parcels out clues and backstories in small bites We slowly get to see further into each of the brothers, not to mention the father that shaped them Her descriptions of the outback make it seem like character in its own right It s so desolate and so removed from civilization This book grabbed me and I had to force myself to put it down and get on with life It s a very quick read because it is so compelling Harper does a great job getting a family where everyone has secrets just right I loved the dynamics, that whole hate love thing A great ending, Very Satisfying Highly recommend this one flag 126 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Dec 28, 2018 Kylie D rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves signed copy, aussie author, mystery crime Another marvellous tale from Jane Harper In this one we find ourselves at the lonely grave of a fallen stockman in the middle of outback Queensland, where another, much recent, body is lying on the grave The body turns out to be Cam Bright, a local landowner, but what was he doing in the middle of nowhere And so far from his car His older brother Nathan realises that things are not adding up, but Nathan has troubles of his own As we delve into the families past secrets begin to slowly Another marvellous tale from Jane Harper In this one we find ourselves at the lonely grave of a fallen stockman in the middle of outback Queensland, where another, much recent, body is lying on the grave The body turns out to be Cam Bright, a local landowner, but what was he doing in the middle of nowhere And so far from his car His older brother Nathan realises that things are not adding up, but Nathan has troubles of his own As we delve into the families past secrets begin to slowly reveal themselves, both shocking and surprising.I raced through this book in a day, mesmerised by the narrative and the descriptions of the beauty of the outback Jane Harper does a wonderful job of transporting the reader into her tale, so much so we can feel the oppressive heat beating down upon us, and we are continually wondering what on earth Cam was doing so far from where he was supposed to be This book is a must read for all lovers of fiction flag 121 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Oct 20, 2018 Tammy rated it it was amazing Desolate, dangerous, remote and vast the Australian outback is a place I d bet I will never see Those who make it their home live a hard life coping with the savage heat of a vicious and unforgiving climate One mistake means death and preparation is essential The inhabitants know this so it makes no sense when two brothers find their middle brother dead in a godforsaken location and it appears he intentionally wandered off to his death A death caused by the elements of the outback is grueso Desolate, dangerous, remote and vast the Australian outback is a place I d bet I will never see Those who make it their home live a hard life coping with the savage heat of a vicious and unforgiving climate One mistake means death and preparation is essential The inhabitants know this so it makes no sense when two brothers find their middle brother dead in a godforsaken location and it appears he intentionally wandered off to his death A death caused by the elements of the outback is gruesome This is an intricately plotted mystery that delves deeply into the inner workings of a family dependent upon each other for survival This does not disappoint and the writing is superb flag 115 likesLike see review View all 39 comments Dec 30, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves buddy read, netgalley Once upon a time there were 3 brothers They all lived on the expansive outback of Australia Now two of the brothers find themselves standing over the body of the third, wondering what happened Nathan the oldest, struggling after being shunned by his community Divorced, in debt and painfully alone.Cameron the middle child The favorite He learned early on that a charming smile will win over anyone he comes in contact with.Bub the youngest Fumbling about in the shadows of his two broth Once upon a time there were 3 brothers They all lived on the expansive outback of Australia Now two of the brothers find themselves standing over the body of the third, wondering what happened Nathan the oldest, struggling after being shunned by his community Divorced, in debt and painfully alone.Cameron the middle child The favorite He learned early on that a charming smile will win over anyone he comes in contact with.Bub the youngest Fumbling about in the shadows of his two brothers Never able to successfully strike out on his own.Jane Harper writes a highly descriptive tale of life in the outback The harshness of the terrain, the determination of those who choose to live there and work an unforgiving land A daily struggle in the searing, relentless heat.A slow, deliberate read that will draw you in, giving you a deep look inside the complexities of a family Their struggles for success, love and ultimately acceptance.This was my first read by Jane Harper, though I ve got her two previous books in my TBR shelf that will be moving rapidly up my list A buddy read with Susanne So glad we got to read this one together Thank you to NetGalley, Flatiron Books and Jane Harper for an ARC to read and review flag 115 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Kaceey Traveling Sister Jen wrote Awesome review, Kaceey Can t wait to get to this one Thank you so much Jen Hope you enjoy it 3 hours, 54 min ago Kaceey Traveling Sister Zoeytron wrote Nice review, Kaceey Thank you Zoeytron 3 hours, 53 min ago Jan 07, 2019 Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves family drama, mystery, netgalley Jane Harper shifts direction with her third novel, less crime novel, a character driven mystery and family drama What has not changed is her ability to write an utterly gripping story set in the intensely searing heat of the Australian outback, and the depiction of small town life with its claustrophobia, marked with its unforgiving and judgmental attitudes Two brothers, Nathan and Bub meet at the legendary stockman s headstone, in the middle of nowhere where the body of their brother, Ca Jane Harper shifts direction with her third novel, less crime novel, a character driven mystery and family drama What has not changed is her ability to write an utterly gripping story set in the intensely searing heat of the Australian outback, and the depiction of small town life with its claustrophobia, marked with its unforgiving and judgmental attitudes Two brothers, Nathan and Bub meet at the legendary stockman s headstone, in the middle of nowhere where the body of their brother, Cameron is found Why is his vehicle with its necessary supplies found parked amidst rocks some distance away Nathan is with his son, Xander, who normally lives in Brisbane with his ex wife, Jacqui, now remarried Nathan has missed most of his son s growing up years after bitter and acrimonious custody battles He runs his own farm, but his status as town pariah for many years has resulted in him living alone, barely seeing anyone, struggling and drowning in a quagmire of financial debt He has hardly been in touch with his family, whose family farm was run by Cameron Christmas is coming, Cameron s funeral has to be planned as the police have decided his death merits no investigation, given that Cameron had been troubled for a while, likely committing suicide Nathan and Xander stay at the family home, with his grieving mother, Uncle Harry, Bub, and Ilse, Cameron s wife, and their two daughters, Lo and Sophie Nathan, helped by Xander, wants to get to the bottom of Cameron s death, and finds there are secrets and so much he was unaware of He finds himself sifting through the past, dysfunctional family history, mental health issues and abuse in its many varied forms.I loved this novel from Harper even than her others, I think she is developing into an even better writer She is an expert when it comes to conveying the outback, the deadly scorching heat, the dust storms, the remoteness, how the heat and isolation takes it toll on its inhabitants and its unspoken rules such as you must help anyone in trouble It has a beauty and a hold on those who know no other home as we can see with Nathan s inner connection with it that outsiders just do not get Harper s characterisation has you investing in her compelling storytelling and her coverage of the dynamics of family life Nathan understands the principles underlying the Bright family, don t tell anyone, not even each other and the single ingrained truth, he was on his own The vastness of the outback and lack of close neighbours means family issues fail to be addressed from external agencies This is a brilliantly entertaining read revolving around a family drama I cannot wait to see where Jane Harper goes next as I eagerly anticipate her next book Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC flag 106 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Dec 21, 2018 Matt rated it really liked it Having thoroughly enjoyed Jane Harper s first two novels, I was eager to try this, a standalone, to see how connected I felt While the story was definitely different, it grew on me and helped cement the sentiment that Harper is one of those authors sure to be recommended by those who read her work When the body of Cameron Bright is found in the middle of an open parcel of land in Western Australia, questions abound Discovered on the property of one of his brothers, a vast expanse of over 700 Having thoroughly enjoyed Jane Harper s first two novels, I was eager to try this, a standalone, to see how connected I felt While the story was definitely different, it grew on me and helped cement the sentiment that Harper is one of those authors sure to be recommended by those who read her work When the body of Cameron Bright is found in the middle of an open parcel of land in Western Australia, questions abound Discovered on the property of one of his brothers, a vast expanse of over 700 square kilometres, no one can be quite sure what happened or if there was foul play As temperatures rise above 45 degrees Celsius, he could have perished from dehydration, particularly because he was found well away from his vehicle The flat plains and no one having seen anything also limits the possibility that a stranger completed a nefarious act As Nathan and Bub try to work through what happened to their brother, news comes from others within the clan, stories that have been kept under wraps until Cameron s passing Could some of the middle brother s antics be coming to haunt him With a large group of potential suspects and a fairly new member of the police force supervising this vast region, it s anybody s guess as to what happened and who might be involved, not to mention what motive might be at play But, with Christmas approaching, answers will need to be found, if only to put the entire matter to rest Harper keeps the reader guessing until the final pages, in this wonderfully unique Australian mystery Recommended for those who have enjoyed the Aaron Falk series and all those who like something a little different I have long had a fascination with Australia and novels set on that side of the world I cannot put my finger on it, but I ve been lucky to have had some wonderful authors depict the area effectively, including Jane Harper While the terrain differs greatly from my Canadian homeland, the people seem relatively similar, allowing me to have a strong connection and affinity for those who live in and around Australia and New Zealand Harper introduces the reader to both Bub and Nathan Bright in the early stages of this novel, brothers who have spent much of their lives in a farming family in Western Australia Their coming upon the third brother in the family, Cameron, takes its toll on them differently, as can be seen in the way Harper depicts them Not only that, but their abilities to process the news and develop a plan to get to the bottom of what happens seems also to contrast Nathan struggles with his teenage son, Xander, as well, which only adds to some of the backstory and development that Harper heaps upon the man Adding a large cast of secondary characters, including multiple generations of Brights and some who married into the family, permits Harper to explore the family dynamic in even ways, as secrets are revealed and news is shared between the branches While somewhat a murder mystery, I would also classify this as a novel of familial discovery, as the onion is peeled back and those closest to others discover just how little they know Harper weaves this storyline through the curiosities of rural Australia and how isolation can also flavour this mystery The end result is a captivating piece that will keep the reader guessing as the react to the news that comes from a variety of sources Harper has does well, even if fans of the Aaron Falk series are begging for Sure to whet the appetite and bring new fans into the fold Kudos, Madam Harper, for another wonderful novel Unique in its delivery, but surely satisfying and intriguing.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 103 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Candace Excellent review, Matt I m adding it Jan 30, 2019 11 41AM Matt Thanks, Candace Jan 30, 2019 12 08PM Nov 01, 2018 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, aussie authors, thriller, 5000 books, arc, sent by publisher, reviewing by request, own read When Bub and Nathan came together at the edge of their two properties where the stockman s grave was located, they were both shocked to see the body of their brother Cameron lying in the shadow of the tombstone But why was he there He knew the countryside like the back of his hand He knew never to leave his vehicle, or to be without water but there was no evidence of either When the lone policeman plus the medical officer arrived, the verdict of dehydration was swift As Cameron s wife and When Bub and Nathan came together at the edge of their two properties where the stockman s grave was located, they were both shocked to see the body of their brother Cameron lying in the shadow of the tombstone But why was he there He knew the countryside like the back of his hand He knew never to leave his vehicle, or to be without water but there was no evidence of either When the lone policeman plus the medical officer arrived, the verdict of dehydration was swift As Cameron s wife and two daughters tried to come to terms with his death, the rest of the family was stricken with grief The lead up to Christmas was on them Cameron s funeral would have to be held soon but Nathan struggled to work out why Cameron had died Quietly working things through in his mind, he knew he should let it go But he couldn t Wow That was brilliant A breathtaking, slow burning thriller that captivated me until the very last page The burning sun, the red dust, the vast and lonely landscape a desolate countryside but perfect for The Lost Man by Aussie author Jane Harper I would venture to say this one is even better than her first two, and I loved them The Lost Man is a standalone novel a powerful read which I highly recommend With thanks to Pan Macmillan AU for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review flag 97 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Nov 13, 2018 Karl rated it liked it Shelves 2018 11 books bought The novel The Lost Man by Jane Harper is being marketed as Fiction , subcategory, Suspense , according to the book Ms Haroer s first two books were categorized as Mystery Thriller , this should indicate a change of genre for the author I could find little suspense in the almost four hundred pages of the book For me, the book is akin to the family drama , soap opera categories.The tale is set perhaps in the 1990 s 2000 s in the Australian outback on the western side of the countr The novel The Lost Man by Jane Harper is being marketed as Fiction , subcategory, Suspense , according to the book Ms Haroer s first two books were categorized as Mystery Thriller , this should indicate a change of genre for the author I could find little suspense in the almost four hundred pages of the book For me, the book is akin to the family drama , soap opera categories.The tale is set perhaps in the 1990 s 2000 s in the Australian outback on the western side of the country The cast includes a family of struggling cattle ranchers trying to survive in a harsh environment As the story opens, we discover the middle son, Cameron, of the family found dead near a fence line of the property.An important ingredient to the story concerns various young international travelers participating in a popular program in Australia known as backpackers The participation is promoted as a cultural exchange Young and adventurous travelers can experience Australia s wild outback, while farmers gain much needed agricultural labor Under the program, backpackers wishing to extend their one year working visa for an extra year are required to complete 88 days of agricultural labor in rural areas that experience chronic shortages of people willing to work in the harsh conditions Australia has than 134,000 farming businesses that employ than 307,000 people, according to the National Farmers Federation In peak season backpackers make up about a third of the workforce.The overall program is a relatively positive experience for many There is certainly room for exploitation of these workers A parliamentary inquiry has heard dozens of grievances from foreign workers collected by British authority s, a recent one being, Mia Ayliff, 21, who was stabbed to death last year by a French backpacker at a hostel in the remote township of Home Hill in far north Queensland In The Lost Man we discover the dead brother, Cameron, enjoyed having sex with the female backpackers in his employ This fact was known to his wife, Ilse, the mother of his two children, who herself was a backpacker at one time We learn early on that the older brother, Nathan, had a naughty with Ilse prior to her encountering Cameron.The book was well written, though a bit out of my normal reading zone I can see many liking this slice of Australian life, and in my opinion The Lost Man is not one of the best of this author s work This is an advanced reading copy flag 93 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Karl Claire wrote Please let people know you have included a major spoiler in your review You just did, however, having just re read my review I did n Claire wrote Please let people know you have included a major spoiler in your review You just did, however, having just re read my review I did not reveal who did it Jan 24, 2019 03 57PM Anna Turner Yeah you need to hide the major spoiler there Jan 31, 2019 05 11PM Nov 09, 2018 Zoeytron rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves net galley, new fangled e reader Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.A remote cattle station in Queensland, worked by three brothers The land is sere, and the heat is relentless, dangerous The wind is full of red dust and grit that lodges into everything The story begins with the discovery of the body of one of the brothers The questions are just beginning With no sign of foul play, is it a suicide or just a terrible error in judgment Oh, it s good to be back in the Outback with Jane Harper Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.A remote cattle station in Queensland, worked by three brothers The land is sere, and the heat is relentless, dangerous The wind is full of red dust and grit that lodges into everything The story begins with the discovery of the body of one of the brothers The questions are just beginning With no sign of foul play, is it a suicide or just a terrible error in judgment Oh, it s good to be back in the Outback with Jane Harper This is a story of family, first and foremost These characters are fully baked, the story line is intriguing, and the resolution of the mystery is a slam dunk flag 93 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Dec 22, 2018 Carolyn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves australian author, murder mystery, 2018, family, christmas Jane Harper has delivered a stunner of a third novel A slow burn of a family mystery, rather than a thriller like her previous novels, but nevertheless full of tension and unspoken threat as a family struggles to understand the death of it s favourite son and brother When Cameron Bright is found dead of dehydration near local landmark, the stockman s grave, his car nine kilometres away stocked with food and water, his brothers Nathan and Bub can t understand what happened Living on a cattle s Jane Harper has delivered a stunner of a third novel A slow burn of a family mystery, rather than a thriller like her previous novels, but nevertheless full of tension and unspoken threat as a family struggles to understand the death of it s favourite son and brother When Cameron Bright is found dead of dehydration near local landmark, the stockman s grave, his car nine kilometres away stocked with food and water, his brothers Nathan and Bub can t understand what happened Living on a cattle station in remote and rugged outback Queensland they all know the rules stay with your car, keep the aircon running if you can and radio for help Why would Cameron have walked to this grave where there is no shelter The police can find no injuries and nothing wrong with the car The family report that although the property was doing well he seemed troubled lately, although they can t accept that he could simply have had enough and decided to walk off into the desert to die.Jane Harper has done her research well not only to capture the feel of life on a large cattle station, its isolation and remoteness, but also the resilience and independence of the people who live there Her description of the landscape brings to life its harshness and brutality but also its moments of breath taking beauty She has also given us some fascinating and complex characters The three brothers Nathan divorced and lonely, ostracised by the local town after an unforgivable mistake Cameron, everyone s favourite, but harbouring secrets behind his facade as an easy going family man and Bub, the youngest who longs to escape from the property Cameron s wife Ilse, Nathan s son Xander, visiting his father for Christmas and the matriarch Liz are also well depicted and central to the story I really enjoyed the careful pacing of this novel, with the introduction of the family members and their feelings towards each other and their environment, before the family secrets and lies start to emerge, culminating in an unexpected ending flag 83 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Nov 26, 2018 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it I really enjoyed Harper s novel The Dry, and this one was a little slower paced for me The premise is that one brother s body is found inexplicably dead on an old grave far from his car Two brothers come together to help one police officer who covers a vast areas to help solve the mystery Having lived their whole lives in the outback of Queensland, Australia, why would Cameron not have used some form of communication or taken water or rations He knew how to survive in the outback, so was he I really enjoyed Harper s novel The Dry, and this one was a little slower paced for me The premise is that one brother s body is found inexplicably dead on an old grave far from his car Two brothers come together to help one police officer who covers a vast areas to help solve the mystery Having lived their whole lives in the outback of Queensland, Australia, why would Cameron not have used some form of communication or taken water or rations He knew how to survive in the outback, so was he distraught about something and chosen to die alone in a miserable way What other explanation might there be Nathan, the oldest brother, is still haunted by a mistake he made years ago, as well as grappling with the distance between him and his now sixteen year old son This is a story about family secrets unraveling I enjoyed the setting of the dry outback as a character.Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES FEBRUARY 5, 2019.For reviews, please visit flag 83 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Oct 05, 2018 Krystal rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves aussie authors, crime suspense, freebies, from the publisher, owned, sept oct 18 ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.Jane Harper is a gifted writer She has the ability to evoke that dusty, dry, Australian countryside and use its atmosphere to build tension underneath an intriguing murder mystery that keeps you glued to the story from page one This book I found to be particularly clever, as there s no detective figuring things out there s just the Bright family, who are struggling to come to terms with the horrific death of brother son husband father uncle nephew, Cameron.It s told most ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.Jane Harper is a gifted writer She has the ability to evoke that dusty, dry, Australian countryside and use its atmosphere to build tension underneath an intriguing murder mystery that keeps you glued to the story from page one This book I found to be particularly clever, as there s no detective figuring things out there s just the Bright family, who are struggling to come to terms with the horrific death of brother son husband father uncle nephew, Cameron.It s told mostly from the perspective of Nathan, who is the eldest son and lives on a neighbouring property completely alone The lonely nature of the location seems so bleak to me, and it s hard to imagine this kind of town , where people live kilometres away from others, and spend days travelling out to fix fences around their lands, etc I have a vague idea about small Australian towns, having passed though plenty, but the vastness of this landscape was still really incredible to me That level of isolation terrifies me, and it s a fantastic ploy of the novel to draw on that isolation, and weave it into the hostile environment Harper has created some fascinating characters here I found my opinions of them all mutating throughout the book, as their natures became apparent, and by the end of it I was happy to leave this broken family behind There are secrets upon secrets, and everyone is suspicious because no one seems to be at first The information leaks slowly into the story, first raising questions, then answering those with new questions, until you re tearing through chapters trying to figure out what exactly happened to Cameron, and who was behind it I found it highly addictive because there was always a fresh bone to gnaw on, and puzzles to solve It s very Australian, so I wonder how international readers will fare with the language and terminology, and whether that will affect the reading experience I really enjoyed the setting that was crafted here, and Harper has a way of taking vast, flat, mundane Australian landscape and turning it into a character that plays just as vital a role as the others The Lost Man will have you thinking a lot about the ugly side of human nature, so be ready to be confronted by your own thoughts and the kind of person they make you There were so many times in this book where I found myself wondering what I d do in a similar situation It explores the many facets of family and protecting loved ones or not , and dynamics outside the ordinary that will draw you in and make you silent witness to the intricacies of the lives behind closed doors.Safe to say, Jane Harper is still in fine form with this one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it Highly recommend With thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for my ARC. flag 80 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 17, 2019 Karen rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 Fantastic new book by Jane Harper set in the vastness of the Australian Outback, so atmospheric showing the dangers and loneliness that come with a life lived there.This story is about three brothers who together own quite a spread of land, and one brother is found dead near an old stockman s grave on their property This novel is as much family drama as mystery thriller and I really enjoyed the characters of the extended family.I received this book from a giveaway, so, much tha 4.5 Fantastic new book by Jane Harper set in the vastness of the Australian Outback, so atmospheric showing the dangers and loneliness that come with a life lived there.This story is about three brothers who together own quite a spread of land, and one brother is found dead near an old stockman s grave on their property This novel is as much family drama as mystery thriller and I really enjoyed the characters of the extended family.I received this book from a giveaway, so, much thanks to them flag 79 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Paulette Great to hear you enjoyed it I read the first novel The Dry and loved it, I ve already picked this one up it s waiting and ready to go I will b Great to hear you enjoyed it I read the first novel The Dry and loved it, I ve already picked this one up it s waiting and ready to go I will bump up the TBR list Jan 26, 2019 11 46AM Karen Paulette wrote Great to hear you enjoyed it I read the first novel The Dry and loved it, I ve already picked this one up it s waiting and ready to Paulette wrote Great to hear you enjoyed it I read the first novel The Dry and loved it, I ve already picked this one up it s waiting and ready to go I will bump up the TBR list You ll love it Jan 28, 2019 05 13PM Jan 15, 2019 PattyMacDotComma rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 19 aus mystery summer, ebook cl, mystery crime thriller, fiction adult, australian author, 2019 aus annual, calibre, kindle, 2019 aus mystery annual, 5000 books 2019 4.5 There was a single homestead somewhere to the north of the fence, and another to the south Next door neighbours, three hours apart This takes place 1500 km west of Brisbane in the Australian Outback The thing about living in remote areas is that you can suffer from or enjoy both isolation and claustrophobia The isolation is obvious I say claustrophobia because what interaction you may have with family and neighbours can become uncomfortably close with no respite Suffering brings a l 4.5 There was a single homestead somewhere to the north of the fence, and another to the south Next door neighbours, three hours apart This takes place 1500 km west of Brisbane in the Australian Outback The thing about living in remote areas is that you can suffer from or enjoy both isolation and claustrophobia The isolation is obvious I say claustrophobia because what interaction you may have with family and neighbours can become uncomfortably close with no respite Suffering brings a lot of people undone.The story opens with a helicopter musterer discovering a body, ostensibly dead of exposure and dehydration We meet Nate and Bub, the older and younger brothers of Cameron Bright, the poor fellow who had tried desperately to stay alive by hunkering in what little shadow was cast by the stone landmark known as the Stockman s Grave Cam s fully stocked vehicle is eventually located almost 10 km away He knew you stay with your truck or risk death out there Was this his version of walking into a dam to drown, as farmers are sadly known to due when pressure gets too much and there s water in the dam Then did he have second thoughts It has to cross everyone s mind Everyone knows the rule, the next one being that you always help anyone stranded, no questions asked Being stranded could mean death Nate knows the repercussions if you break the rule, after having let his temper get the best of him many years earlier and hesitating to help someone That hesitation was enough to see him banned from his pub and pretty much banished from the local thriving not metropolis not the town of Balamara a single street, really which catered loosely for a scattered population that could almost fit into one large room when gathered together He s been persona non grata for years, and lives all by himself next door to the family s property Now his ex wife lives in Brisbane where their teen aged son, Xander, goes to high school Xander is pretty cluey and begins to worry his dad may end up like his Uncle Cam.Nate and Cam were close in age, partied and dated together and were good mates, while Bub was much younger They grew up with a loving mum and violent dad on the family property where Mum and Bub still live with Cameron s wife and kids, plus a kind of adopted uncle and whatever backpackers and hired hands are about the place Mum s a bit busted up from the car crash that killed their dad, but she still rides horseback as often as possible to get out.Everybody needs to get away because everybody necessarily lives in each other s pockets, as the saying goes Each other is all they have when they re home It s a family business as well as a family, so there are arguments about who s in charge But at least the men can escape the paperwork for a week at a time, packing up and camping while they fix fences and windmills and radio towers, which is why Cam had his vehicle so well stocked I think it would be hard for anyone growing up there to give up those wide open spaces I certainly miss the ones I ve enjoyed, although they weren t this wide At night, when the sky felt even bigger, he could almost imagine it was a million years ago and he was walking on the bottom of the sea A million years ago when a million natural events still needed to occur, one after the other, to form this land as it lay in front of him now A place where rivers flooded without rain and seashells fossilised a thousand miles from water and men who left their cars found themselves walking to their deaths Sometimes, the space almost seemed to call to Nathan Like a faint heartbeat, insistent and persuasive Each member of this family has secrets, of course, including some love interests, and as Harper gradually reveals the background, we begin to piece things together The conclusion is not what I expected, but it is certainly believable and appropriate.I will end with another quote I liked, just because I often felt that way, looking across paddocks although not in the Outback The paddocks glowed red and green from up there and Nathan could see distant shadows as the odd herd of cattle wandered along They were tiny The other way, to the west, all was still The desert looked pristine and untouched, with perfect ripples in the sand Nathan had seen the landscape so often and in so many ways, he was almost blind to it at times, but sometimes, in the right light, it was still breathtaking flag 74 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Nov 12, 2018 Cheri rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves australia, australian authors, fiction, 2018, mystery Oh I ve come back to plead and danceTo forgive us both all in advance Every Sorrow, Joe Henry, Songwriters Joe Henry John Smith The circle in the dust fell just short of one full revolution Just short of twenty four hours And then, at last, the stockman finally had company, as the earth turned and the shadow moved on alone, and the man lay still in the center of a dusty grave under a monstrous sky It was there that the two brothers met, still in shock with so many questions Oh I ve come back to plead and danceTo forgive us both all in advance Every Sorrow, Joe Henry, Songwriters Joe Henry John Smith The circle in the dust fell just short of one full revolution Just short of twenty four hours And then, at last, the stockman finally had company, as the earth turned and the shadow moved on alone, and the man lay still in the center of a dusty grave under a monstrous sky It was there that the two brothers met, still in shock with so many questions running through their minds How they came to be standing next to a tarp covered body of their brother is something they are all grappling with Even though it seems to be intentional, they have a hard time coming to terms with the idea of their brother taking his own life Still, it seems the only rational answer, their brother knew survival in this land depended on having supplies and protection from the heat But what would drive him to this This death sets the scene and the tension for all that follows, this family with these three brothers all working the land their father had once worked Their mother still living there among her sons, those sons now grown, and one now gone There are grandchildren, as well, one visiting his father, and the two daughters of the one now gone, and his wife, now a widow Christmas is not far off, and now there is a funeral to plan.Little by little we get to know about this brother, his relationships with his family members, and how he was seen by each of them How many secrets will be revealed as the days pass in simple conversations And then the stories of the brothers, their secrets come to light Unfair treatment, anger at the injustices of the past, everything feels strained, and the stress builds slowly I had read Jane Harper s debut, The Dry, which pulled me in right from the start, and then Force of Nature which I also enjoyed I ve been impressed by her writing in all three books, spellbinding and atmospheric, conveyed through her spare prose I also love that her stories are always a bit of a mix of genres A thrilling novel than a thriller, a family drama, as well as an ode to the outback, the wild nature of a life lived there.Pub Date 05 FEB 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Flatiron Books flag 64 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Oct 10, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 4.5 starsWith The Lost Man, Jane Harper returns to the blinding form of The Dry, creating a tense and powerfully atmospheric read that spirals ever inwards, a path that narrows with every revelation until there is only one possible perfectly formed conclusion It starts with a seemingly unexplainable death, one of three brothers found lifeless by the old stockman s grave, alone and a long, long way from help As a rancher, he knew better than to be without lifesaving supplies like shade and wate 4.5 starsWith The Lost Man, Jane Harper returns to the blinding form of The Dry, creating a tense and powerfully atmospheric read that spirals ever inwards, a path that narrows with every revelation until there is only one possible perfectly formed conclusion It starts with a seemingly unexplainable death, one of three brothers found lifeless by the old stockman s grave, alone and a long, long way from help As a rancher, he knew better than to be without lifesaving supplies like shade and water in the heat of the Australian outback it s a painfully fatal mistake So why was he there at all This is the foremost question troubling the book s narrator, another of the three brothers, Nathan Initially somewhat unlikeable, for me at least, Nathan s hesitant questioning of the people he thought he could trust forms the basis for the narrative, as does his developing understanding of himself and his own past Spurred on by his son s scepticism, the teen playing the quintessential outsider who can see things clearly, his doubts turn into what amounts to an investigation of his own family Keeping all the tension within the familial sphere, there is limited intervention from the law While local police make an appearance, without evidence of foul play, there s little to be done than conclude that the rigours of life became too much, perhaps leading to suicide In this bleak, lonely, hard landscape, such things are entirely plausible And after all, everyone knows each other here, good and bad there couldn t possibly be anything to it.Except there must be The tension between these two truths plays out through everything from subtle conversations with dangerous undercurrents to outright clashes as each person is revealed to be a very different character than either the reader or his her own family understands Of course, it s a staple of psychological thrillers to manipulate expectations, but this is such an effective process of revelation that I couldn t help be impressed Page by page, secrets and questions abound, some answered, some pointing in new directions, some undermining all that came before And slowly, almost unnoticed, your views about characters change as each new piece of information fits or conflicts with what you thought you knew Even as your certainty about people solidifies, there remains that fundamental question who was responsible The darker parts of the Bright family are about to be stripped away, layer by layer Bound by blood and shared space, the secrets and lies tethering them together are increasingly tested once one of their own is gone Protecting the family is one thing, but what if these are the kind of buried secrets that kill A clever, memorable thriller with a fascinating cast Jane Harper proving once again that she writes the kind of suspenseful fiction that has you desperate to know the truth Highly recommendedC via Netgalley flag 60 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Oct 30, 2018 NZLisaM rated it it was amazing Shelves favourites, crime, mystery, suspense Phenomenal Her best book to date We open to a dying Cameron Bright, crawling desperately through the Australian outback, the unforgiving desert sun beating down on him, before collapsing Next we see his two brothers standing over his dead body, perplexed by why on earth he had been out in the middle of nowhere, with no supplies, as having grown up in the area, he was deadly familiar with the harsh climate, and how quickly one can succumb to it Then they find his car parked, abandoned, nine k Phenomenal Her best book to date We open to a dying Cameron Bright, crawling desperately through the Australian outback, the unforgiving desert sun beating down on him, before collapsing Next we see his two brothers standing over his dead body, perplexed by why on earth he had been out in the middle of nowhere, with no supplies, as having grown up in the area, he was deadly familiar with the harsh climate, and how quickly one can succumb to it Then they find his car parked, abandoned, nine kilometres away fully stocked with food, water, driveable, with a working radio Spooked yet I was Further, the site of Cameron s death is the Stockman s Grave a man made burial site for a fallen man whose own death is also shouldered in mystery a local legend among the locals, and a campfire tale to scare the tourists Not only that, Cameron himself, was somewhat obsessed with the story a portrait of the grave, painted by him, hangs in the Bright s living room A ghost story element factored into a mystery, is my ultimate, so this had me pretty thrilled The setting also really tickled my fancy, and I was quickly immersed in the vast, remote Queensland location, during the hottest season of the year, miles from civilisation, and the lives of the people who live and work there Further isolating them, the characters were holed up together in the family homestead, and adjacent sheep station, grieving, as well as trying to make sense of the untimely, mysterious death of a brother, husband, father, son, uncle, and friend Every member of the Bright family were forced to take a long hard look at themselves, confront their past, their deepest darkest secrets exposed, as well as long buried emotions and resentments re surfacing, and by the close of the novel all their lives were irrevocably altered I bonded with every member of the Bright family as they were introduced their emotions, fears, experiences, and motivations were complex, relatable and interesting Jane Harper excels at creating multi layered characters with real world problems My absolute favourite was our narrator, Nathan vulnerable, caring, and lonely, with a heart of gold I also loved the relationship between Nathan and Xander Nathan s teenage son, who lived with his ex wife in Brisbane, visiting his dad for the Christmas holidays Seeing the two of them grow closer as they worked together to investigate Cameron s death was a delight The dynamic between the three brothers Cam, Nathan and Bub had me intrigued as well three men growing up in the same family, yet so distinctly different I can t recommend this highly enough An incredible read from start to finish flag 63 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Jan 10, 2019 Bianca rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, 2019 aussie author challenge, 3rd person narrative, aussie setting, contemporary, female author, supense thriller mystery 4.5 stars The Lost Man is in many ways similar to The Dry as it s set in a remote outback community, this time in Queensland.The heat, the huge expanse of mostly arid land, remoteness, loneliness, broken families, regret are themes that we ve encountered also in The Dry.When Cameron Bright is found dead by the Stockman s grave, in the middle of nowhere, nobody could comprehend how someone who s lived all his life in the bush would leave his car without water and other items essential for survivin 4.5 stars The Lost Man is in many ways similar to The Dry as it s set in a remote outback community, this time in Queensland.The heat, the huge expanse of mostly arid land, remoteness, loneliness, broken families, regret are themes that we ve encountered also in The Dry.When Cameron Bright is found dead by the Stockman s grave, in the middle of nowhere, nobody could comprehend how someone who s lived all his life in the bush would leave his car without water and other items essential for surviving His big brother, Nathan, who s become a semi recluse due to life circumstances and a big mistake he committed ten years ago, is trying to make sense of it all I won t go into details, it s best that you go in blind.This was a slow, smouldering novel, rich in descriptions and complex characters.Harper excels at describing the environment and creating a very atmospheric novel She seems to know the outback and its issues very well The entire plot and the side stories were plausible, which is something I need, in order to enjoy a novel well, with the exception of one thing, not that important.I m looking forward to seeing what Jane Harper writes next This goes towards my Aussie Authors Challenge on bookloverbookreviews flag 55 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Jan 16, 2019 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley I loved both of Jane Harper s previous books but I think this one might just be the best yet Set in the Australian outback it s a tale of a three brothers Nathan, Cameron Cam and Bub As the book opens Nathan and Bub have met at old gravestone on family land The grave represents the final resting point of a man known as the stockman, the tale of whose demise takes many forms In the shadow of the gravestone lies a body, it s that of Cam.The family farm is vast and quite why Cam was at this I loved both of Jane Harper s previous books but I think this one might just be the best yet Set in the Australian outback it s a tale of a three brothers Nathan, Cameron Cam and Bub As the book opens Nathan and Bub have met at old gravestone on family land The grave represents the final resting point of a man known as the stockman, the tale of whose demise takes many forms In the shadow of the gravestone lies a body, it s that of Cam.The family farm is vast and quite why Cam was at this spot, miles from anywhere with no vehicle in sight is a mystery It seems that he was due to meet up with Bub to carry out a repair some distance from this point, but he didn t show up The heat is so extreme in these parts that to be separated from your vehicle and from water for even a short period can be fatal Out here everyone know that you live on your wits and take no chances which makes Cam s fate all the harder to understand Though it seems that Cam had been somewhat stressed lately, could it be that he deliberately found his way to the stockman s grave knowing what his fate would be From this small view of the three brothers gathered together under such tragic circumstances we start to learn their story Actually, it s the story of a mother and father and their three boys and also of the broader family, as the boys grow into men and add grandchildren into the mix It s also an account of what it s like to live in such a place, a farm a thousand kilometres from Adelaide and fifteen hundred from Brisbane, with a journey by road to the latter taking some 18 hours There s a small town some hours away but really nothing much else in the vicinity From such an intimate beginning the picture gradually grows, but it grows slowly There was a point early on where I thought for an instant that the pace might be too slow but almost immediately thereafter I found myself totally captivated by this book Without warning I realised that I just had to know everything about these people, their lives in this place and maybe what caused Cam to die in such a way The characters are largely gruff, hardened by the life and the landscape, but to an extent that s just surface noise As I learned and about the upbringing the boys had had and about their recent lives a clearer view started to emerge actually life was even tougher than I d thought And I felt for all of these people who had jointly suffered this loss and were desperately trying to absorb it and to understand it.There s sadness here and tension and a mystery to be solved too The writing is first class, the pacing despite my early reservation is perfect and the way in which Harper describes life in this harshly beautiful place is extraordinary If I read a better book this year, I ll be a happy man this one is already guaranteed to be in my top 5 My sincere thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and to NetGalley for supplying a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 54 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Nov 07, 2018 Michael rated it it was amazing Jane Harper made a big splash for herself with her debut novel The Dry that won numerous awards and then followed things up beautifully with her follow up Force of Nature Going forward we have a risk here with No Aaron Falk in sight but despite that this is another ripper read set in a rural Aussie setting and cements Harper as one of Australia s best authors.The main themes here is death, isolation, and contemplation For Nathan, the passing of his younger brother Cameron out in the sweltering Jane Harper made a big splash for herself with her debut novel The Dry that won numerous awards and then followed things up beautifully with her follow up Force of Nature Going forward we have a risk here with No Aaron Falk in sight but despite that this is another ripper read set in a rural Aussie setting and cements Harper as one of Australia s best authors.The main themes here is death, isolation, and contemplation For Nathan, the passing of his younger brother Cameron out in the sweltering heat of the desert makes no sense His brother was found well away from his vehicle that was stocked with water In Balamara, your neighbors are many miles away, and with very few visitors it is a place where people can go crazy, but Nathan cannot fathom Cam, who was due to meet up with his younger brother that day would just leave his car and walk to his own grave.Nathan himself has his own demons with being shunned by the community, having time with his teenage son who is with him over the Christmas period being less and less after a messy divorce and with his brothers funeral fast approaching the questions going through Nathan s mind will see him peel away emotion layers of his family and be left with a sad and painful conclusion.It is not hard reading this slow burning classic to imagine miles upon miles of red dust and remoteness Rural crime simply does not get better than this and it is easy to be transfixed by a story that pulls you in with a cast of simple characters dwarfed by there surroundings flag 50 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Nadia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites Set in Queensland, The Lost Man tells a story of three brothers and their families living in the Australian outback, when one of the brothers Cameron goes missing and is found dead The story is told from the perspective of Nathan, Cameron s brother, who together with his son Xander plays a role of amateur investigator trying to get to the bottom of Cameron s death Cameron spent his whole life in the outback, at the family cattle farm and knew very well about the dangers of wandering off an Set in Queensland, The Lost Man tells a story of three brothers and their families living in the Australian outback, when one of the brothers Cameron goes missing and is found dead The story is told from the perspective of Nathan, Cameron s brother, who together with his son Xander plays a role of amateur investigator trying to get to the bottom of Cameron s death Cameron spent his whole life in the outback, at the family cattle farm and knew very well about the dangers of wandering off and falling a victim to dehydration and so Nathan cannot believe that his death was an accident, unless his brother decided to end his own life What Nathan really suspects is foul play by a third party, which doesn t make much sense either as Cameron was the most popular out of the three brothers.I discovered Jane Harper only last year, but quickly became a massive fan of hers Some might call the build up in her books slow, but I don t see it that way I find her writing is engaging and atmosperic, drawing me into the story and making me care about the characters and wanting to hear what they have to say The Lost Man is no exception to this and in my opinion, this is a suspense crime novel at its best The story gripped me from the very start when Nathan and Bub discover Cameron s body in the middle of nowhere The complicated web of the family relationships and secrets are slowly revealed throughout the book, giving away clues of who might have wanted Cameron dead I love Australia and have a weakness for novels set in the country One of the unique characterisitcs of Harper s writing is her depiction of Australia and its uncompromising heat and vastness.As a big fan of Aaron Falk from the first two Harper s books, I really appreciated the subtle reference to his character and the Bright family ties to Kiewara The reference will be lost on the readers who have not yet read The Dry and perhaps even on those who read the book a while ago or just didn t like it as much as I did Aaron Falk is not mentioned by name in The Lost Man and is only referred to as a tall guy who said he used to live around there Kiewara but was based in Melbourne now I love when authors create subtle and clever connections between seemingly unrelated characters from different novels.I hope Mrs Harper does not wait too long before writing her next book Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy in exchange for an honest review. flag 50 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 05, 2018 Sandra Cross My Heart rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves release in 2019, feb 2019 release, mystery thriller, netgally arc, arc publisher, favorites 2018, suspense The Lost Man is a highly atmospheric mystery suspense story featuring the beautiful yet deadly Australian landscape Harper s descriptive writing style sets a grim, yet hauntingly beautiful scene as readers find themselves stranded in the remoteness of the Outback a region where the people survive or perish from the elements based solely on their level of preparedness So the big question is why would a man born and raised in the Outback, fully aware of the danger posed by the brutal land an The Lost Man is a highly atmospheric mystery suspense story featuring the beautiful yet deadly Australian landscape Harper s descriptive writing style sets a grim, yet hauntingly beautiful scene as readers find themselves stranded in the remoteness of the Outback a region where the people survive or perish from the elements based solely on their level of preparedness So the big question is why would a man born and raised in the Outback, fully aware of the danger posed by the brutal land and relentless sun, wander nine miles from his vehicle leaving his supplies and all means of survival behind Why is cattleman Cam Bright lying dead in the shadow of the Stockman s Grave in the middle of nowhere Did the well liked middle Bright brother succumb to the elements in order to commit suicide Or did someone leave him there knowing he would die Why was he at the legendary Stockman s Grave The mystery of what happened to Cam and who done it may be at the center of this story, but it s the many characters and relationships people hoarding their own secrets and agendas that fuel it The Lost Man is very much a character driven, suspenseful journey The utter isolation of these families and their lack of quick help from authorities becomes apparent as the story progresses, as does the role played by the deadly, desolate landscape Harper excels at drawing readers into the scene, allowing them to see, breathe, and smell the ominous threat bestowed on man and beast by the treacherous, unforgiving land While the story unfolds slowly, by the halfway point I felt the pace and tension rising to another level, along with the increasing list of possible answers to the mystery I ll admit to changing my mind about what transpired and who was responsible several times as I filtered through the clues and examined each player closely I began to suspect the truth of it all near the end as various layers are peeled back and blanks are filled in I m still not completely sure how I feel about the ultimate resolution, but it in no way lessened my intense satisfaction in the delivery of this story The Lost Man is truly a study of nature both human and the land And it s most certainly a story of survival in ways than one Another stunning Must Read by Jane Harper I m already looking forward to her next book 4.5 Stars Many thanks to the publisher for an arc of this book Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews flag 39 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 26, 2018 Kendall rated it liked it The Lost Man by Jane Harper is an emotionally character driven novel about families and abuse Nathan returns to his memories of his troubled childhood growing up with an abusive father to try to find out what happened to his brother Cameron Cameron Bright is found dead in the dry dessert nine miles from his abandoned car Cameron was dehydrated it looks like it may be a weird suicide No one knows for sure and the whispers continue to pass across the town What happened to Cameron Do yo The Lost Man by Jane Harper is an emotionally character driven novel about families and abuse Nathan returns to his memories of his troubled childhood growing up with an abusive father to try to find out what happened to his brother Cameron Cameron Bright is found dead in the dry dessert nine miles from his abandoned car Cameron was dehydrated it looks like it may be a weird suicide No one knows for sure and the whispers continue to pass across the town What happened to Cameron Do you think he did it Nathan knows something isn t right with his brother and is not convinced Cameron committed suicide too many details aren t adding up Jane Harper does an amazing job with the setting and the beautiful descriptions of Australia Her words leave you haunted and aching for Jane Harper explores the dark side of human nature and the secrets upon secrets that families keep hidden I was conflicted with this novel because on one hand the story is so beautifully written but I found my interest swaying in and out There was just something missing here and I struggled with the pacing There wasn t enough action for me and was annoyed at hearing about family drama associated with the land constantly Despite my issues, I enjoyed this but have to say isn t my favorite I felt the same with The Dry all of the hype and it just wasn t that satisfying for me Overall, 3.25 stars for The Lost ManHuge thank you to Flatiron Publishing and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.Expected pub date 2 5 19Published to GR 12 26 18 flag 38 likesLike see review View all 13 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book 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Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year H Jane Harper is international bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature Her third book, The Lost Man, will be realised in October 2018.Jane has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year Her books are published in than 36 territories worldwide, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Jane Harper is international bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature Her third book, The Lost Man, will be realised in October 2018.Jane has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year H Jane Harper is international bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature Her third book, The Lost Man, will be realised in October 2018.Jane has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year Her books are published in than 36 territories worldwide, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne


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    1. At night, when the sky felt even bigger, he could almost imagine it was a million years ago and he was walking on the bottom of the sea A million years ago when a million natural events still needed to occur, one after the other, to form this land as it lay in front of him now A place where rivers flooded without rain and seashells fossilised a thousand miles from water and men who left their cars found themselves walking to their deaths. 4 stars I think at this point I can definitely say [...]


    2. He used to say the ones who wandered off called the loudest For the rest of their lives, their mums would hear them crying out in the wind Do you think that s true That this place has ghosts That the mothers would hear their lost children in the wind Guys, I m blown away I ve been a colossal fan of Jane Harper since her debut novel The Dry was published, and specifically a massive fan of her series protagonist Aaron Falk Her lush, atmospheric way of writing makes me feel the heat [...]


    3. I had read Ms Harper s previous two books and loved them They were mysteries, and part of the Aaron Falk series This is a stand alone novel and quite different.What I loved about this book was Ms Harper s descriptive writing Here is a sampling of her exquisite descriptions of the Australian outback, telling about how it floods without raining It was a strange sight, even after forty two years, to watch the water rise, silent and stealthy, under a cloudless blue sky The river would lap I had read [...]


    4. 4.5 Stars rounded up A Character Driven Novel to be Cherished Extremely Thought Provoking Living is hard in Queensland The dry, the heat, the financial hardship and the inability to make a living Families attempt to live off the land, raising cattle, red dust swirling all around them Most eventually leave and truthfully, few survive.The Bright brothers grew up in a time of struggle Nathan, a divorced dad to Xander, is the eldest son, who was shunned from town when he was young Cameron, 4.5 Stars [...]


    5. He couldn t simply leave, for a lot of reasons Financial Practical And not least because sometimes, quite a lot of the time, he felt connected to the outback in a way that he loved There was something about the brutal heat, when the sun was high in the sky and he was watching the slow meandering movement of the herds Looking out over the wide open plains and seeing the changing colors It was the only time he felt something close to happiness I rarely start my reviews with a quote, but I He could [...]


    6. Slow, but worthwhile The Lost Man is a character study about the Bright brothers Nathan, Cameron, and Bub who live in the Australian outback When Cameron, whom the family considered to be the golden child, is found dead by the legendary stockman s grave, everyone s at a loss in the small outback community in which they live Cameron was loved by all and seemed to have the perfect life and family His death doesn t make sense His older brother Nathan tries to figure out what led to his broth [...]


    7. Jane Harper is an author with real talent and a genuine knowledge of Australia and its landscape In this, her third book, she takes us into outback Queensland with its unimaginably huge cattle stations and its devastating dryness and heat.One major aspect of living in such a place is that the people must be independent as services we take for granted living in a city are not as available In this story, after Nathan and Bub find their brother dead there are no forensic specialists, no pathologi J [...]


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