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The Lost Man

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Flatiron Books (first published October 23rd 2018)
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Liz Just picked up this book today (Oct 23, 2018) at BerkerlouW Books in Westfield Mall, Hornsby, NWS, Australia! :) Excited to read Harper's 3rd novel!
Annabel standalone, although if you've read The Dry you will spot one or two sneaky crossover references

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Diane S ☔
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.

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
“ Oh I've come back to plead and dance
To forgive us both all in advance”

-- Every Sorrow, Joe Henry, Songwriters: Joe Henry & John Smith

“The circle in the dust fell just short of one full revolution. Just short of twenty-four hours. And then, at last, the stockman finally had company, as the earth turned and the shadow moved on alone, and the man lay still in the center of a dusty grave under a monstrous sky.”

It was there that the two brothers met, still in shock with so many questions
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

With The Lost Man, Jane Harper returns to the blinding form of The Dry, creating a tense and powerfully atmospheric read that spirals ever inwards, a path that narrows with every revelation until there is only one possible perfectly formed conclusion.

It starts with a seemingly unexplainable death, one of three brothers found lifeless by the old stockman's grave, alone and a long, long way from help. As a rancher, he knew better than to be without lifesaving supplies like shade and wate
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal! Her best book to date!

We open to a dying Cameron Bright, crawling desperately through the Australian outback, the unforgiving desert sun beating down on him, before collapsing. Next we see his two brothers standing over his dead body, perplexed by why on earth he had been out in the middle of nowhere, with no supplies, as having grown up in the area, he was deadly familiar with the harsh climate, and how quickly one can succumb to it. Then they find his car parked, abandoned, nine k
Sally Hepworth
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 spectacular Outback stars for this newest book from Jane Harper

She continues to be a fantastic writer, one of my favorites. This is a stand-alone book and I'm stunned by the ending. Makes perfect sense, but I never saw it coming.

full review to come . . . .
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! Dare I say this is her best yet? As in The Dry, Jane Harper is so good at conveying that stifling, oppressive feel of the Australian outback. The mystery kept me guessing throughout the novel, I was so sure I knew what happened, only to change my mind again and again. I couldn't put it down.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Review to be posted later as requested by the publisher.
Nov 13, 2018 is currently reading it
This is an advanced reading copy.
Mandy White
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Jane Harper book that I have read and I loved it!! So Australian! A great story with real characters. Fantastic narrator.
Jul 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
I love Jane Harper's books, and while I'm sad I won't be seeing Aaron Falk (aka bae) in this one, I'm still excited! And I love that her books release so close to my birthday; they're like extra presents!!
Dana Blazsek
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐— The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Out 2/5/19)

Thank you to Netgalley and Flatiron books for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

By an old grave with many haunting origins, two brothers meet. At their feet lays the middle brother— dead. With enough supplies in his car and no signs of violence, how did their brother end up in the middle of nowhere dead?

I swear Jane Harper gets better every book. I liked The Dry. I loved Force of Nature. But this, her third novel? This was pure magic.
There’s something about Jane Harper’s books that always leave me feeling suffocated.

The Dry - the hot, arid heat, and dustbowl of rural outback Australia
Force of Nature - the close trees and forestation of bushland and now,
The Lost Man - that unmistakable yet undetachable press of family, community, and society.

Harper consistently wields the landscapes in her books so successfully that it is almost like the setting is another character. The Lost Man is another brilliant example of her skills a
They say third book's a charm (do they? I just made that up), and Jane Harper does not disappoint. To say she's done it again is an understatement. The Lost Man is every bit the page turner you expect and more.

The way Jane captures the landscape of the outback is like a character in itself - you can feel the dust permeating your skin and clothing, the searing heat of the dry Queensland sun that seeps through every last corner. The characters are almost the secondary stars, but nonetheless outsta
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Lost Man starts with a simmer and then gradually ignites and becomes unputdownable.

The premise has instant promise: the middle of a trio of brothers, Cameron Bright, has died under an unforgiving Aussie desert sun, not far from a functioning car stacked with supplies. His two brothers, Nathan and Bub, feel compelled to piece together what went wrong. They don’t believe for a minute that Cameron, seasoned in the art of survival, is dead by accident.

Little by little, the story is revealed, as
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Grāmata tevi pārceļ vientulīgajos Austrālijas plašumos, kur dzīvo tikai sīksti cilvēki, nav lietus, bet ir plūdi, ganāmpulki praktiski dzīvo savvaļā, cilvēkiem tuvākais kaimiņš vien dažu stundu brauciena attālumā, cilvēki ir maz, bet tiem, kas apmetušies šī vieta ir dziļi asinīs. Harpere šo tuksnesi spēj padarīt par fascinējošu, bet biedējošu vietu. Nevar nolikt grāmatu malā, un jo tālāk esi ticis, jo grūtāk pārtraukt lasīt.

Secinājums pēc šī emociju karuseļa: no sliktas sēklas grūti izaudzēt lab
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lai izteiktos par šo grāmatu tā, lai nepateiktu kaut ko lieku un maiteklīgu, ir jāpiedomā. Īsumā - Hārpere prot pāris lappusēs uzzīmēt ļoti pārliecinošu ainu. Un ne tikai tuksnesīgo un sarkani smilšaino Austrālijas “outback”, bet arī cilvēkus, kas ir izvēlējušies to apdzīvot. Viņa atkal mani momentā emocionāli ievilka stāstā, lika pārdzīvot un dusmoties. Aaaaaah, viņa ir tik laba! Šitais bija brīžiem tik drūmi, bet vai tādēļ beigs lasīt? Nu, nē jel! Brīžiem ar tādu nolemtības pieskaņu, brīžiem v ...more
Britta Böhler
A bit of a slow-burner but worth it.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finished and I'm speechless. Perhaps I'll write something tomorrow:)
Jackie Robinson
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh laaawd please don’t hate me for this.

I love Jane Harper. I think she’s a brilliant author. I think she writes amazing novels and has great twists.
But this one just didn’t do it for me like the other two did. I found it hard to get into, and while I think her description of the outback and the scorching heat is such a trademark to her writing, I found it a little bit too much and it became detrimental to me actually imagining the book and the layout in my head.

The twist was good, as it always
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Despite my misgivings that this wasn't another Falk book, I'm happy to say this is probably Jane's best book to date.

Yet again, she's taken to the harsh Australian landscape, and not only evokes the feeling of our dry, incredibly difficult and harsh summer outback, but also captures how difficult it is for the people that live there.

Drawing on so many current issues, such as male and farmer suicide, domestic violence, and rape, The Lost Man swings a spotlight to these dark problems, while weavin
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d rate this her best book so far.
Cass Moriarty
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Australian author Jane Harper captivated our attention in 2016 with the publication of her debut novel The Dry, and then eager fans were rewarded with her second novel, Force of Nature. Her latest crime fiction, The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan 2018), is another well-plotted and tense psychological thriller with well-developed characters and an immersive sense of place.
It is perhaps worth noting some of the similarities – and the differences – between The Lost Man and Harper’s previous works. In all
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of The Lost Man, a stand alone novel set in the Queensland outback.

When Cameron Bright dies of exposure neat the stockman’s grave in the middle of the outback, miles from anywhere his two brothers don’t know what to think - why he was there when he was supposed to be somewhere else and what or who brought him there.

Wow, what a read. I must admit that this is the first of Ms Harper’s novels I have read but I can n
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Want to visit the setting of this brilliant new read?

Out 23rd October on ebook and next year in HB and PB...

Jane Harper is the Queen of the remote and raw and visceral landscape though, that's for sure.

Visit remote Queensland "Balamara"


I have loved both Jane Harper novels so far and this, the third is right up there.

She is the Queen of the remote, raw and visceral Australian setting. You’re plunged into the dry, the heat and the lack of human contact here. Driving along a road without s
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Jane Harper is international bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature. Her third book, The Lost Man, will be realised in October 2018.
Jane has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year.
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