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…
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About the author:
Jane Harper is the author of The Dry, winner of various awards including the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the 2017 Indie Award Book of the Year, the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year Award and the CWA Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 2017. Rights have been sold in 27 territories worldwide, and film rights optioned to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne.
The Lost Man is a standalone novel from the author of The Dry and Force of Nature. This book is less of a crime novel, and more of a character-driven book.
Set in the Australian outback, the premise is that of brothers who are neighbours but live miles away. When one of the brothers is found dead at The Stockman’s Grave, the surviving brothers (Nathan and Bub) set about trying to find out how Cameron ended up dead.
What follows is a dark character study, punctuated by the relentless and searing Aussie outback. It is harsh and unforgiving, and that seems to be a parallel with the brothers lives.
While I enjoyed The Lost Man, it didn’t grab me as much as the Aaron Falk novels. That being said, it is a tense and dark read with family and secrets at its core.
Recommended, especially if you enjoy dark literary fiction!