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The Lost Man

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  51,838 ratings  ·  6,514 reviews
The man lay still in the centre of a dusty grave under a monstrous sky.

Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland.

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 chance for their middle brother, Cameron.

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Paperback, 362 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Macmillan Australia
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Heather I loved the Dry, but the Force of Nature was ok. But this one was easily my favorite of the three and my favorite read this year. I felt the tension o…moreI loved the Dry, but the Force of Nature was ok. But this one was easily my favorite of the three and my favorite read this year. I felt the tension of each of the characters wondering what happened, pulled me along and each time I read it, I couldn't wait until I found some more time to continue it! I lived in Australia for a year and I could really relate to reading about the outback, that made it all the more fun for me!(less)
Annabel standalone, although if you've read The Dry you will spot one or two sneaky crossover references

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Emily May
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

4½ stars.

I think at this point I can definitely say
chai ♡
One of my favorite things about reading is when you pick up a book completely on a whim, unencumbered by expectations, having barely skimmed the synopsis, and it’s the thrill of leaping without being able to see the ground below you, right before you realize that’s called falling.

This was one of those times.

The Lost Man takes place in the remote Australian outback, where strangers are vanishingly rare, and every soul is known to everyone. A silent place consumed by a loneliness so ancient that i
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Flatiron Books
"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, atmospheric way of writing makes me feel the heat of
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 older brother Nathan tries to figure out what led to his broth
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

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 rise, silent and stealthy, under a cloudless blue sky.
Susanne  Strong
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 was shunned from town when he was young; Cameron,
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 middle of nowhere where the body of their brother, Ca ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 see his teenage son, Xander. He has been shunned by
Diane S ☔
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 happiness."

I rarely start my reviews with a quote, but I
The Lost Man by Jane Harper is a 2019 Flatiron publication.


Jane Harper’s descriptive depictions of the Queensland scenery, places the reader smack dab into its harsh atmosphere, helping to create a dark and moody mystery, crackling with unbearable suspense.

The Stockman grave, a landmark with a storied legend behind it is the scene of the shocking death of Cameron, the middle son of the Bright family. The rumor is that Cameron, who had been behaving strangely, as of late, may have del
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2018

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 the brothers, not to mention the father that shaped t
Charlotte May
This was amazing! Incredible!
Absolutely loved it!

"Life out here is hard. We all try to get through the best way we can. But trust me, there's not a single person here who isn't lying to themselves about something."

I have enjoyed both The Dry and Force of Nature by Jane Harper, but The Lost Man is definitely my favourite so far!
Cameron Bright is found dead in the roughest part of the Australian outback, where temperatures reach 40 degrees and a few hours exposure is all it takes for someone to
David Putnam
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a great deal. I marveled at the layer upon layer of detail that all coalesce to a dynamic conclusion. I'm envious and wish I could do the same in my novels. In this story the setting has equal weight with a main character one of my favorite types of books. I also enjoyed visiting a place I've never been. I liked how the author created this harsh world and even though its untamed, man continues to occupy it and eke out a living. I worked as a cop in the deserts of San Bernardino ...more
Mary Beth
2.5 stars rounded up

I am in the minority on this one. I think I am the only one that gave this 3 stars. I loved The Dry. That one was my favorite and I even loved the second book. This one was just so slow and boring. I wish I could of loved this one like everyone else. I loved the writing and that's the reason why I finished it. I was expecting a good ending and it wasn't the best for me. I got this on Overdrive so I am not going to write a full review.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
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 dead there are no forensic specialists, no pathologi
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 of one of his brothers, a vast expanse of over 700 ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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 youngest. Fumbling about in the shadows of his two broth
Kylie D
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 delve into the families past secrets begin to slowly ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 death caused by the elements of the outback is grueso ...more
Larry H
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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 they're still more than a three-hour drive
The Lost Man is my first book by Jane Harper and now I am going to read her other books because The Lost Man rates up there with my all time favorite books. The atmosphere and characters rang true for me in this slow moving mystery of the death of Cameron, the middle of three rancher brothers. Cameron's body is found in the middle of nowhere, with no one knowing why he would be there, without his vehicle or his supplies. The oldest brother, Nathan, has been estranged from most of his family and ...more

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/husband/father/uncle/nephew, Cameron.

It's told most
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader by: Beth (bibliobeth)
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 are several suspects (in my mind) right away even in this
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 the 1990’s/2000’s in the Australian outback on the western side of the countr
After reading the first page I knew that I would love this book. Jane Harper’s writing style pulls me in immediately. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be reading every book she publishes going forward. This is her third book and I loved them all. THE LOST MAN is my favorite.

This is a story about three brothers trying to make a living on their cattle ranches in a very remote part of Queensland in the Australian Outback. Harper makes you feel the heat, the dust clinging to your face and in
Theresa Alan
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rations? He knew how to survive in the outback, so was he d ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emptiness is seeking attention in weak people and in desolate places.

Jane Harper creates a slow-burning story set at a family run cattle station in the parched openness of Queensland. We come to know the Bright family with a complicated matriarch named Liz and her three adult sons: Bub, Nathan, and Cameron. Life here is intense with oppressive heat, dry winds, and the threat of untamed rivers with life-threatening floods stemming from nowhere.

"A sheet blew in front of Nathan, hiding her from sig
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?    
Oh, it's good to be back in the Outback with Jane Harper.
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 verdict of dehydration was swift.

As Cameron’s wife and
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 received this book from a Goodreads giveaway, so, much tha
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