Lost Man

Lost Man

by Jane Harper


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ISBN-13: 9781250105684
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 115
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jane Harper worked as a print journalist for 13 years before writing The Dry, a #1 international bestseller, and Force of Nature, also an international bestseller. The Lost Man is her third novel. Originally from the UK, Jane lives in Melbourne.

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The Lost Man 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
diane92345 9 hours 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 2 days 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 3 days 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 8 days 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 11 days 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.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Please take the time to read all 3 of her books
Karen_Benson 13 days 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 14 days 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 14 days 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 14 days 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.
DJTP 14 days ago
A new to me author Jane Harper that I will be sure checking out more books by. This standalone mystery The Lost Man is a plot driven story that had me thinking until end. Enjoyed the setting, characters and dialogue.