The Lost Man

The Lost Man

by Jane Harper


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“Jane Harper has done it again! This standalone novel takes the reader on a thrilling rollercoaster ride through the Australian Outback as Nathan tries to solve the mystery of his brother’s death and learns that his family has more to hide than he could have ever imagined.” – Heidi Shinbaum, Bookseller, Brentwood, TN

Two brothers meet for the first time in months at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches deep in the Australian outback—where their third brother lies dead at their feet. With no sign of foul play and a victim with seemingly everything to live for, eldest brother Nathan starts his search to understand what led his brother Cameron to his fate. With a brutal climate and formidable landscape looming over the story, Nathan will wade through haunting urban legends and be forced to reckon with his family’s own secret history of violence.

Just when you think you have all the pieces in place, this slow burn thriller will casually rebut all your theories, keeping you guessing until the very end. Thoroughly atmospheric and filled with compelling characters, this is a story that stays with you long after you finish reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594109136
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 589
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jane Harper is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, a #1 international bestseller, and Force of Nature, also an international bestseller. The Lost Man is her third bestselling novel. Jane previously worked as a print journalist in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter, and son.

Customer Reviews

The Lost Man 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is yet another terrific book by Jane Harper. Set in the Australian Outback, her descriptions of the landscape are so real you can almost feel the grit on your skin. Parceling out clues to the reader like a stingy kid sharing his candy, the mystery unfolds slowly making it impossible to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please take the time to read all 3 of her books
Holly Morse 14 days ago
Great writing. This book has it all. From pure fear to pure joy. Loved it! Going to find her other novels right now.
sdAZ 4 months ago
I almost felt as though I actually was in the Outback by the vivid descriptions that were detailed. At first I wasn't sure I was going to keep reading but sooo glad I did. There were so many twists & turns I didn't want to stop but then didn't want it to end because it is such a great read!!! Now I am going out and get the other books from this author . I want more of is type of reading. No graphic sex & no foul language... just a treat to find a book like this. Thank you.
Glenda Caddell-Flores 6 months ago
I read this book in days. It is engrossing with none of the usual bloody, gore. It is very scarey to realize how much and how long people can hide things.
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sofie5 3 months ago
The third book I have read and I love her story telling. Gripping suspense.
ryanphoffmann88 5 months ago
This is an interesting novel set in the Australian Outback. It follows two brothes, Nathan and Bud Bright , discover there bother, Cameron, is dead and by his on hand, they spent the restbtgrying to peice together what could have drove Cameron to his grave. Its heart wrenching , nail bitting edge ofvyour seat good.
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KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Wow! This novel was intense. The author has created characters that will stick with you and her descriptions of the setting made me feel like I was there. This was a character-driven novel that I stuck with me, and, though I finished, I wanted to go back for more. This was also my first (successful) audio book. I listened, enthralled, as the narrator spun the tale around me. Stephen Shanahan was the perfect choice to narrate this book. Shanahan’s narrating pulled me into the story and new-to-me author, Jane Harper‘s writing kept me there. There was mystery, as Nathan tried to unravel how Cameron ended up where he did; but this was more a look into the Bright Family and how they all ended up where they were in life. I am usually one who prefers to be the one reading a book, but, in this case, I am happy I go t the chance to listen to it. Either way, this is one to give a read (or a listen). #TheLostMan #MacmillanAudio #JaneHarper
jnmegan More than 1 year ago
Jane Harper has a honed talent for absorbing her readers in a setting and immersing them into the lives and minds of her characters. In her latest book, The Lost Man, Harper maroons her audience in a desolate landscape in Western Australia. Her protagonist is a deeply saddened cattle rancher who has been ostracized for a former transgression by the small community that populates the lonely expanse. Nathan Bright is first introduced at the site of his brother’s recent death near an isolated gravestone. Given the area’s harsh climate, he died excruciatingly of exposure without benefit of shade and supplies. Accompanied by his other brother and visiting son, Nathan is left to wonder why his brother would have fallen victim to those elements that they were acutely aware of and had adapted to throughout their lives. As the novel progresses, it is revealed that Nathan is somewhat estranged from his family, divorced and teetering on the edge of a deep depression. When he reluctantly gathers with his family during their mourning, he recalls missed opportunities for a different life. He regrets having squandered a chance to win over the woman who became his deceased brother’s wife. There are flashbacks to his childhood with an abusive father and the resulting necessity for the three brothers to choose between self-preservation and protecting each other. Unconvinced that his brother had committed suicide, Nathan begins digging into his past and discovers layers of secrets and lies that permeate the entire family. The Lost Man presents an intriguing mystery and character study with a tone that expertly evokes the dread and unease of its unforgiving setting. Fans of The Dry and Force of Nature will be delighted with Harper’s new standalone novel that further proves her prowess as an innovative and versatile author.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What I enjoy most about Jane’s books are how she makes me feel when I read them. There’s not an intensity to her novels but more an inquisitive feeling, an I-need-to-know quality that ignites within me as I explore the characters and the landscape that opens up around me. In The Lost Man, with a limited number of individuals, what happened in the Australian Outback is anyone’s guess at the moment. As the story unfolds, we discover that history is still alive. The novel doesn’t waste any time as it begins with two brothers locating the body of their other brother, who has been found dead. It is interesting the history these three boys have had living in the Outback. Nathan, the oldest had an issue when he was younger and he has since left the area. He was the only sibling to leave town. Shunned by others, Nathan has now returned home with his son but the past has not been buried. I felt sorry for Bub, for it seemed everyone played down to him and he knew it. Being the youngest, Bub wanted people to take him seriously but it was a struggle. Cam, he was the most successful out of the three, according to those who lived nearby. Cam was also the one who laid lying on the ground with a tarp over his body. Cam’s car was found, full of supplies kilometers away from where his body was found, and why was that? The more they inquired about his death, the more questions they had. The questions began with Cam’s body but that was just the beginning. To find the answers you had to have known the history of those who might have played a part. Each player has a voice, some strong and some just barely audible but they all become part of the scene. I enjoyed how the story slowly built up and began to unravel. Jane does a wonderful job describing the events and her descriptions put you right in the midst of the action. If you liked her other novels, you will enjoy this one also.
lee2staes More than 1 year ago
The Lost Man is a deeply emotional book that keeps you guessing and its slower pace gives you lots of time to examine and scrutinize what you think is happening. The book explores the lives of the three brothers, Cameron, Nathan and Bub and their relationship with each other and their parents. The police think Cameron’s death is a suicide. As his brother Nathan begins his own investigation, family secrets are exposed. Overall, the Lost Man is an awesome thriller with an amazing ending. I highly recommended this one to all thriller readers. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review.
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
The Lost Man is the new excellent standalone thriller by superstar author Jane Harper. Nathan and Bub find their middle brother, Cameron, dead of dehydration in the middle of the Australian desert. What is puzzling is that Cameron walked away from a perfectly running car filled with food, water and a working radio to wander miles in search of a mythical stockman’s grave stone. The police suspect suicide. But Cameron was the always smiling middle child. How could this have happened—especially to him? As older brother Nathan begins to investigate, family secrets emerge. Overall, the Lost Man is a brilliant thriller with a surprising, at least to me, conclusion. It is highly recommended to all thriller readers. 5 stars! Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
JennaBookish More than 1 year ago
This book threw me though a loop. For about a third of it, I wasn't sure if I'd like it at all. It felt very slow getting started and I wasn't feeling very invested in the mystery yet. However, having read and loved Jane Harper's previous work, I stuck it out, and I'm so glad I did. If you pick up this book and it doesn't grab you right away, do yourself a favor and keep reading, because I can promise it's worth it. Like Harper's prior two novels, The Lost Man is richly atmospheric. The Australian outback almost seems to be another character in the novel, with heavy emphasis on the ways the harsh wilderness impacts the daily lives of each of the characters. There is a strong sense of community by necessity. Nathan, the protagonist, for reasons that are revealed later in the novel, has been cut off from this community, and it takes its toll in various ways, from the practical to the psychological. Harper has done a remarkable job of writing morally grey characters in this novel. We know early on that Nathan has done something horrible enough to warrant being shunned by his community, but we spend a lot of the novel not knowing what this is. As the plot progresses, Harper reveals not only Nathan's past mistakes, but those of many of those around him. The story explores the many ways that humans can be flawed, how we excuse one another's flaws, and the ways people lash out when hurt. Nathan starts out viewing many of those around him through rose-colored glasses, but by the end, his perception feels raw and real. This review is brief and kind of vague, because I truly feel it's best to go into this book as blind as possible. The blurb gives you very little idea what to expect other than some sort of mystery surrounding Cameron's death. What follows is a really interesting blend of mystery, suspense, and family drama. The characters within this story and the moral questions they raise will stay with me for a long time to come. Thank you to the publisher for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Bosco2579 More than 1 year ago
#partner Thank you Booksparks, Jane Harper and Flatiron Books for my free copy of The Lost Man. So I went into The Lost Man blind. I had never read a Jane Harper novel before but had heard the hype behind her novels. I am here to say The Lost Man lived up to the Jane Harper hype. Jane draws you into the Australian outback and you feel like you are there. You understand how desolate the landscape is and how hard life can be. She paints such a picture you can almost feel the heat and isolation. She also explains the Outback floods without the rain or the actual floods. The book starts out and you find Cameron Bright dead in the Outback at The Stockman's Grave. Cameron's death brings his brother Nathan back to the family Station. Nathan over the years has become an outcast and with his homecoming you can feel the tension. Harper knows how to make you feel with her writing. You feel the family dynamic shift with Cameron's death. You see Nathan's fall from grace and you see how charismatic Cameron is. This book is twisty but not in the traditional sense of a suspense novel. Harper draws you in and slowly reveals bits and pieces of the Bright's past that helps you understand Cameron's death. You will be surprised by the ending. I love that this book isn't your traditional suspense novel. It is a slow burn with a few surprise twist. Pick up this book because Jane Harper can do no wrong. Pick up this book because you want to be surprised. Pick up this book if you love luscious description in your novels. Pick up this book if you want to be blown away.
KindigBlog More than 1 year ago
When Cameron Bright is found dead in the Australian wilderness miles from his car, his brother Nathan is determined to find out what happened. But what secrets are lurking in the outback? I was really eager to read The Lost Man. It’s had a lot of pre-release excitement, 5 star reviews and even was a LibraryReads selection for Feb 2019. I was quite disappointed therefore, to have to give it a low star rating. I’ll start with the positives; the setting is a great choice. Deep in the cattle fields of rural Australia, Jane Harper is able to capture both the crippling isolation and also the claustrophobic air of being trapped with those around us with no escape. The writing style is a great accompaniment to this and the descriptions and feeling portrayed within the book made you feel like you are there with the characters. That said I found the book incredibly slow-paced and drawn out which ruined my enjoyment of it. Although the family dynamics are interesting and I wanted to find out what happened to Cameron the sheer amount of time it took to get to anything concrete was far too long. There’s so much backstory and flashback that actually you only really start to find out what was going on right at the end, making all of the rest of the story feel a little irrelevant. The reveal in the ending left me with unanswered questions – mainly as to how it took so long for the truth to come out and surely most characters already knew or could guess what had happened? This is actually my first Jane Harper book and it sounds like other books of hers are similar in style so perhaps if I had known what I was getting into to start with I could have enjoyed it a little more. Overall it’s a setting that will stay with you long after you put the book down – I just wish it had a plot to match. Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
In the vast Australian outback stands a lonely grave known locally as ‘The Stockman’s Grave’. It has stood alone for over 100 years, until now. Cameron Bright lies dead at the side of it, seemingly killed by the heat and from dehydration. His car is a few kilometers away hidden from plain sight and fully stocked with food and drink and a working engine and radio. His body is discovered by a helicopter pilot passing overhead and the police, local medic and his brothers have been called to the site. Bub and Nathan, plus Nathan’s son Xander arrive at the grave just ahead of the solo police officer and local medic. None can understand why Cameron would be at the grave and none can figure out why he would leave his working car full of water and food and wander off to his ultimate death. This is the third Jane Harper novel I have read and whilst the first two involved Federal Police Agent Aaron Falks, I was expecting this one to do too, but alas he does not feature in this book. This is more of a family saga surrounding the mystery of why a man brought up in the outback, who ran a cattle farm and who knew the dangers of being out during the day, especially without water, would walk to his own death. Told through the eyes of Cameron’s older brother Nathan the book moves back and forward in time as Nathan captures the present whilst having flashbacks to the past that would appear at random times but brought the family and their story to life. As the book progressed I started to get a sense of unease with certain people and wondered if they had a part to play in Cameron’s death but the truth about what actually happened to him wasn’t revealed until right near the end, by then I’d put two and two together about Cameron as a person, but not the actual events. This is a book looking at the family as a whole, from Cameron’s widowed mum Liz to a man they grew up with who they called Uncle Harry. There is also Cameron’s wife Ilse and their young two daughters, as well as two backpackers who have been paid to help out on the farm and of course Nathan and his son who is home from college for the Christmas period. The scenery and the brutality of living in such a vast open place were brought to life by Ms. Harper’s superb writing. She also managed to catch the essence of the family just right, especially with all their lies and secrets, yet a bond that ran deep. There were also a few revelations both past and present. This is a book that you will find yourselves getting involved in the characters lives. It is one that will teach you so much about the inhospitable Australian outback too. I can see this being a favourite with book clubs who will find plenty to analyse between the pages.
Karen_Benson More than 1 year ago
This was my first book from Jane Harper and I am definitely going to pick up her other books as soon as possible! I had major goosebumps when I read that last page. I love it when a book affects me like that! I really had no idea what I was going into with The Lost Man. I have seen lots of buzz about this author's previous books so when I had the chance to get an early copy of her newest book, I jumped at the chance. I'm so glad I did! Although this isn't my typical genre, it was nice to have a change of pace for once. I loved it! Nathan and Bub meet out at the Stockman's legendary gravesite where they see the body of their middle brother. The story is told slowly, only giving up small tidbits here and there about Cam, the deceased brother. Actually, it's about the entire family and the hard life of living in the Australian outback. I read the majority of this book in one day because I had to know. *Thanks so much to NetGalley and FlatIron Books for the advance copy!*
saberle More than 1 year ago
Jane Harper writes with notable eloquence and imagery. The Lost Man adeptly illustrates her evolving talent and ability to write a mystery as well as something more. The story begins with the discovery of a body lying atop another person’s grave. Cam Bright was a landowner in the dusty and barren outback of Queensland. But why is he dead and on top of another’s grave? His brother, Nathan, decides to investigate. Unfortunately, Nathan has his own problems which complicate matters. Inch by inch family secrets are revealed that make for an incredible read that takes us to emotional and physical highs and lows. Just like a great novel and novelist that she is.
CRSK More than 1 year ago
“ Oh I've come back to plead and dance To 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 more 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 more of a mix of genres. A thrilling novel more than a thriller, a family drama, as well as an ode to the outback, the wild nature of a life lived there. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Flatiron Books
ColoradoGirl71 More than 1 year ago
5 spectacular Outback stars for this newest book from Jane Harper. She continues to be a fantastic writer, one of my favorites. This is a stand-alone book and I'm stunned by the ending. Makes perfect sense, but I never saw it coming. This book is the complicated story of a family of three brothers and slowly the truth emerges. The story opens with one of the brothers dying alone under the scorching sun out in his vast cattle property in Australia. Jane Harper brings alive the environment like no other author that I know. I can almost see and feel the vast territory --beautiful, yet deadly -- that this book portrays. The book delves into the lives of all three Bright brothers – Cameron, Nathan, and Bub-- and their relationship with each other and their parents. At first, they seem like a regular ranching family, but the secrets have been bottled up for a long time. Was Cameron’s death suicide or murder? Nathan is the main narrator of the story and he works away at the problem with little help from the tightly-stretched police in this part of the world. I really connected with his character and thought he was well developed. There’s revenge, ostracism, bullying, isolation, love – a whole mix of combustible ingredients here that simmer to a stunning conclusion. This is one of the books that I finished and just said “Wow” aloud. Somehow Jane Harper’s writing gets stronger and stronger. One of my favorite books of the year.