Today as one of the many lucky bloggers I get to share my review of The Lost Man by Jane Harper as part of the blog tour. My thanks go to Caolinn Douglas of Little, Brown Book Group for inviting me on the tour and for the copy via NetGalley.
About the book
He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.
Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.
They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that 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 choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
The Lost Man is available to purchase now from – Amazon UK
In The Lost Man we meet Nathan, Bub and Cameron, three brothers that live and work on neighbouring cattle stations. Cameron is found dead at the stockmans grave having abandoned his car full of supplies, there doesn’t seem to be any suspicious circumstances and everything points to suicide, it looks like he has walked to the grave in the intense heat knowing full well he won’t make it back.
Nathan isn’t convinced, he doesn’t believe his brother would do that. Cameron has a beautiful wife, two daughters and is well liked within the community, it doesn’t make sense to Nathan. So what did happen to Cameron?
The Lost Man see’s Nathan exploring his families lives, unearthing secrets and burrowing into the past. This isn’t a fast paced story but the author drip feeds the reader, keeping the atmosphere going from first page to last. I could feel the heat, the dustiness and the tension as I read, it’s thoroughly gripping and a hard book to put down.
I liked Nathan, he’s had a hard time and is very much on his own and I liked the progression of his relationship with his son Xander who is staying with him for Christmas. The story is very character driven and I loved finding out each characters secrets. No one is really who they seem when you delve deep into their past.
The Lost Man is another fantastic novel by a very talented author, quite different to the Aaron Falk books but definitely on par with those best sellers. It was totally gripping, suspenseful, atmospheric and down right blooming brilliant. So yes I’ll be highly recommending The Lost Man and I can’t wait to see what Jane Harper comes up with next.
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