The Lost Man by 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.

Summary from Goodreads


I’ve been a fan of this author since I read her debut, The Dry, and I am pleased to note that in her third book, the first stand-alone novel, Jane Harper’s writing just gets better and better.

The unfolding tale is narrated from the perspective of Nathan Bright, the second oldest brother of the Bright family. The Bright’s own large chunks of land next to an infinitismally small town in the Outback of Australia. The town is hours away from where Cameron Bright’s body is found, and like the summary says, the suspects are few.

Harper embarks on an exploration of grief, tainted by memories of past slights, odd behaviors, and memories shifting under the influx of new information. No one is innocent, but only one person is guilty of murder. Rather than a whodunnit, The Lost Man takes the reader on an expedition into the human heart and mind, and the dark paths that can be traveled upon by someone who sees themselves with only one choice left: murder.

Not to mention, when Harper leads you to the revelation, the reader will be stunned. And in awe.

I highly recommend this novel, by an author I can now say with confidence, is one of my favorites.

*Originally posted on previous blog on May 8, 2019

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