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…
The Lost Man is available in ebook and hardback now. It will be published in paperback on the 16th May 2019. You can purchase or pre-order your copy using the link below.
I absolutely loved the first two books from this author so you can imagine my excitement when I was offered a copy of her new book to review. I was not disappointed as this book is her best one yet!
The author does a fantastic job of setting the scene so the reader is able to vividly imagine the setting. I felt like I could really feel the heat and the dust of the outback whilst reading. The vastness of the outback is something that is difficult to comprehend if you live in a small country like the UK but the author does a great job of helping the reader understand it with the distances between next door neighbours seeming huge. The heat and the vastness of the place helps to add claustrophobia to the story as you slowly realise how few people live there and therefore how few people could be involved.
The three brothers and their family immediately piqued my interest as I felt there was more to them than is originally revealed. The story is told from Cameron’s point of view and the reader slowly gets to know more about him and his family as the novel goes on. The slow reveal of family secrets is fantastically done and means that the reader is gripped to the book throughout. I couldn’t put it down and found myself hiding from the kids so I could read a tiny bit more. There were lots of fantastic twists which took me completely by surprise, especially the big reveal which made me gasp out loud. I always love it when this happens
This is the third book by this author and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future. If you like gripping, absorbing fiction then you’ll love this book!
Huge thanks to Grace Vincent for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Little Brown for my copy of this book via Netgalley which I received free in exchange for an honest review.
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.
(Author’s picture and bio taken from Amazon)