The Lost Man by Jane Harper

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 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....


Details The Lost Man

TitleThe Lost Man
ISBN9781250105684
Author
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherFlatiron Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Cultural, Australia
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Reviews The Lost Man

  • Emily May
    2018-11-14
    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 sta...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-01-04
    "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 more specifically a massive fan of her series protagonist Aaron Falk. Her lush, at...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    2018-11-26
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***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 r...
  • Meredith
    2019-01-27
    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 ol...
  • Susanne Strong
    2018-12-28
    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 ...
  • Diane S ☔
    2018-10-15
    "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 happine...
  • شيماء ✨
    2019-02-18
    I don’t even have a favorite character anymore. Now, it’s more like "a small-sized army of jilted, tragically unappreciated grown men who definitely don't need my protection but whom I need to envelop in blankets and safeguard from the scolding eyes of the world."Nathan Bright is one of them.I can't remember the last time I read a murder mystery where I was as, if not more, emotionally invested in the main character as I was in the creepy, jo...
  • Debra
    2019-02-10
    ****CRACK****That is the sound of Jane Harper hitting it out of the ball park yet again!! I swear she keeps getting better and better! This is my favorite of her books to date.The outback in Queensland. The sun is hot and unrelenting. It's a harsh climate which makes it hard to earn a living. Nathan, Cameron and Bub are three brothers trying to make a living in the Outback. Nathan is a divorced lonely man who lives by himself and rarely gets to s...
  • Liz
    2018-12-31
    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...
  • Phrynne
    2018-10-26
    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 de...
  • Kylie D
    2018-12-28
    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 more 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 del...
  • Paromjit
    2019-01-07
    Jane Harper shifts direction with her third novel, less crime novel, more 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 mid...
  • Tammy
    2018-10-20
    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 d...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    2018-12-30
    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 youn...
  • Larry H
    2019-02-17
    4.5 stars rounded up.I've read all three of Jane Harper's now. In addition to her exceptional storytelling ability, she is tremendously effective with the imagery she evokes. Reading The Lost Man , as well as The Dry and Force of Nature , I could feel the unrelenting heat of the Australian outback and taste the dry dust, right along with the characters.The Bright family lives in adjoining cattle ranches in the isolated Australian outback, but...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2019-02-18
    The Lost Man is my first read from Jane Harper and what a read! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Bright brothers live on enormous adjacent cattle properties in the Australian outback. The Lost Man opens with two of the brothers, Nathan and Bub, meeting at the stockman’s grave landmark where their brother, Cameron, has passed away. Was there foul play, or did Cameron intentionally allow himself to die from dehydration in the brutal outback desert?There ...
  • Matt
    2018-12-21
    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...
  • Theresa Alan
    2018-11-26
    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 area—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 r...
  • Karl
    2018-11-13
    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 more akin to the ‘family drama’, ‘soap opera’ categories.The tale is set perhaps in t...
  • Brenda
    2018-11-01
    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 v...
  • Zoeytron
    2018-11-09
    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?     ...
  • Krystal
    2018-10-05
    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/h...
  • Karen
    2019-01-17
    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 receiv...
  • Carolyn
    2018-12-22
    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 ca...
  • Pauline
    2018-10-22
    After reading and enjoying The Dry and Force of Nature, I was delighted to receive a copy of Jane Harper's new book The Lost Man. This is a stand alone story and was every bit as good as her previous books. I was hooked from the first page and felt that I was stuck in the Australia Outback in the blistering heat. The tension just built chapter by chapter and I did not guess the ending.Nathan's brother Cameron is found dead on his ranch in the out...
  • Cheri
    2018-11-12
    “ 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...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    2019-01-15
    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 u...
  • NZLisaM
    2018-10-30
    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...
  • Matt
    2019-02-16
    It can be easy to get lost at the top of the best-seller list, shifting from book to book. Sometimes reading so many books can get tedious. Genres borrow stories and premises from each other and end up blending together into one giant blob. It makes it that much more rewarding when I come out of the other side hypnotized by a book that I didn’t see coming. In “The Lost Man”, Jane Harper writes a mystery story where the plot comes second to ...
  • Whispering Stories
    2019-02-08
    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comIn 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...