Review: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Title: The Lost Man
Author: Jane Harper
Publisher: FlatIron Books
Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Audible

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.

God, Jane Harper is a freaking masterful writer. I’ve been a huge fan since The Dry, and have been snapping up all of her new releases as soon as they come out. But all of those prior books contain Aaron Falk, and he is a VERY different character than what we’re given in The Lost Man.
Nathan is rough around the edges, and is a man defined by a single mistake made during a very rough period in his life. This judgement of him shadows his every interaction with the people of the town and his family. The odditity is that the mistake has nothing to do with the mystery of the death of his brother Cam. The Lost Man is a story of family dynamics and abuse. The main question of which is was Cam killed or did he commit suicide? It’s full of twists and turns and while I had figured much of the final twist, I didn’t have all the answers. It’s a story that causes the reader to constantly shift suspicions onto everyone, and the tension rises steadily until the finale. It’s a classic mystery book, and Jane Harper shines in her descriptive and captivating writing. 5 out of 5 stars.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“Someone can decide it’s in their best interests to agree to something, but a choice is only really a choice if there’s a genuine alternative. Otherwise it’s manipulation and it’s taking advantage.”
― Jane Harper, The Lost Man