The Lost Man

The Lost Man

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Brothers Nathan and Bub Bright meet for the first time in months at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. Their third brother, Cameron, lies dead at their feet. In an isolated belt of Australia, their homes a three-hour drive apart, the brothers were one another's nearest neighbors. Cameron was the middle child, the one who ran the family homestead. But something made him head out alone under the unrelenting sun. Nathan, Bub and Nathan's son return to Cameron's ranch and to those left behind by his passing: his wife, his daughters, and his mother, as well as their long-time employee and two recently hired seasonal workers. While they grieve Cameron's loss, suspicion starts to take hold, and Nathan is forced to examine secrets the family would rather leave in the past. Because if someone forced Cameron to his death, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250105684
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 11, 2019

Australian back country mystery. Another Jane Harper thriller. Not quite as good as the Dry, but well worth my time reading.
Suggest Dry for book club rather than this.

Apr 02, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gritty, descriptive mystery...

Nathan and Bub, brothers, have just learned their middle brother is dead. Cameron, an experienced rancher in outback Australia, wandered away from his vehicle to “the stockman’s grave” and died due to the elements. Why would he do this when his 4x4 was working fine, and loaded with a survival kit? It makes no sense...

As the investigation into Cameron’s death progresses, we are exposed to more of just what has been going on in this harsh, dusty yet beautiful part of Queensland. Nathan’s perspective is the main one, and we learn of his troubled divorce, custody battle and a few other secrets as well. What happened to break this family apart? What could have caused Cameron, this brother/father/husband, to make such a deadly mistake when he definitely knew better? Or is there more to this story than first appears?

Pros: Wonderfully descriptive writing, and a great assortment of well developed characters. Coupled with a setting that was like another character...I could taste the dust, feel the loneliness and appreciate the beauty...this is a great book. And the ending is perfect.

Cons: The Lost Man was always alluding to something, but never saying it outright. I found it a bit slow in the beginning...but the second half of this book more than makes up for it.

A really, really great mystery.

5 Stars

Mar 27, 2019

The Lost Man just might be the best by Harper so far. Initially I found this one a little slow to get into, but after a few chapters I was completely hooked on the family secrets of the Bright family. This is definitely not your typical mystery, since the investigation into Cam Bright's death is unofficial. But readers who enjoy family drama and character driven mysteries will enjoy this atmospheric novel. If you have any interest in Australian, Harper does an amazing job of conveying the harsh realities of life in the outback.

Mar 01, 2019

This was the best of the three I have read by this author. This murder mystery isn't really a page turner. I found it a bit slow but it was so worth it. A great story.

DCLadults Feb 13, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback of Australia. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Another hit for Jane Harper!

Hillsboro_StephanieC Oct 28, 2018

In Harper's third book, a standalone, we meet the Bright family, who own a large amount of land deep in the Queensland outback. The Brights have three sons, Nathan, Cameron, and Bub, and when Cameron is discovered dead at a local landmark, questions arise, with really only the family to uncover the answers.

Harper is phenomenal at capturing bone-deep loneliness, and in evoking the outback landscape. A stunning book.

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