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
They 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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Three brothers, one of them dead. This shouldn’t have happened. It didn’t make sense. It wasn’t so much that he wasn’t old. It was the way he had died. He had known the nature of the land, its harsh and unforgiving relentless heat and yet he had died without water. His car parked miles away with everything he needed inside it. His only shelter for his last few hours being given from a solitary headstone of a stockman from 100 years before that no-one could remember the name of. But the dead man’s grave hadn’t been able to save him, just give him hope that someone would find him. They had but too late.
Set in Australia the story is as much about this untameable country as it is about the people who seem to be in constant battle to live there. The descriptions are brutally beautiful, exhilarating and deadly but the brothers have to figure out if the death of their brother was due to him letting his guard down and losing a battle with the elements or by human intervention.
The story is told mainly through Nathan, the youngest brother as he dips back into the past and memories of the family, his mother Liz, Uncle Harry and two brothers as it travels back in time then returning to present day where he feels that there is far more to his brother’s untimely death. There isn’t a huge cast of characters in this story but each have their own secrets and grudges. The story is suspenseful of what is coming rather than riveting but compelling like an ageless classic.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the Little Brown Book Group UK for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 more 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.