‘The LostMan’ is every bit the page turner you expect from Jane Harper, such a gifted Aussie writer. I have devoured all of her books as you can feel the heat and taste the red dust just like the characters - characters that will seep into your skin like the landscape... you will love and hate it and them in equal parts.
‘The LostMan’ will have you thinking a lot about the ugly side of human nature as it builds an atmosphere of tension underneath an intriguing murder mystery that keeps you glued to the story from page one. This however is not a whodunnit or a detective lead mystery, at it’s core is a family unravelling - 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 in first person POV mainly from the perspective of Nathan, who is the eldest son and lives on a neighbouring property completely alone. “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."
The information is unveiled, first raising questions, then answering those with new questions, until you're swiping madly trying to figure out what exactly happened to Cameron, and who was behind it. I found it highly addictive and I would say it’s my new favourite book by this iconic author, as I already feel the need to read it again as I am sure I will reveal totally different dimensions I missed on first reading... It’s definitely a new Aussie Classic...
Just when you think you've read it all, along comes Jane Harper with an Australian who dunnit that blitzes the field. The story is told with words that paint the picture of outback and station life, making you feel as if you are there watching the take unfold. I can't wait for more Harper stories! The LostMan tells of a strange death that appears as impossible for people who know the man. But what transpires makes us ask ourselves how well do we really know people even if we see then every day? So who killed Cameron? You'll have to read the book!
excellent read look forward to another of this Author's books. My husband and I spent some years on a rural farm in Australia and it took me right back ! I could smell the red dirt and feel the heat like it was yesterday. We also had backpackers that lived in a Caravan so that was very surreal too. I couldn't put the book down.
This book for me was the best of the three Jane Harper books. It took a while to get into it. I realized that she was setting the scene and the feel of the place in Queensland which was isolated and very hot. I absolutely loved this book. There was so much going on and the events unfolded gradually along the way. I would have no hesitation in recommending The LostMan to anyone who loves a great read.
The LostMan is Jane Harper's third novel. Her first, The Dry, more than lived up to its rave reviews. Although I enjoyed Force of Nature, it seemed a bit forced, as if her publisher had been pressing her for a follow-up. No such problems with The LostMan. Again we have the wonderfully evoked sense of place, western Queensland, and the demands that isolation and distance make on the people who live there. The family at the centre of the plot is strongly drawn, including the dead father whose influence has such a role in the events of the novel. I came away from this book very satisfied with the tightness of the plotting and its surprising resolution. I was reminded of Henning Mankell's last Wallander novel, The Troubled Man: in both cases, the reader has to revise the opinion of who the title refers to. There are also some vague similarities to Garry Disher's Bitter Wash Road. Highly recommended.
When I first started reading The LostMan I realised I had put it on my iPad rather than my husbands. However, I was at once caught up in the story. The descriptions of the outback were so real I could see them clearly, life is hard and not at all glamorous. The story was so well written with twists and turns that kept me totally engrossed in the characters,who were brought to life so incredibly well, imposing their natural faults and aspirations on each page. A book I thoroughly enjoyed and was sorry when it ended.
I loved Jane Harper’s first two books and The LostMan is even better. The landscapes in her books is not just back drops for the plots, they are integral, almost living, breathing characters in themselves and essential to the stories. And they are so very very Australian.
The characters in The LostMan are finely drawn and the plot keeps you guessing. Jane Harper is a wonderful writer.
The subtleties within Jane Harper's novels are what sets her apart from the rest. Reading The LostMan is an almost visceral experience. You feel every moment, every conflict, every inch of pain. And then when you think you have it all figured out, you are proven wrong. Another fabulous Jane Harper novel has a place on my highly coveted book shelf.
I loved Jane Harper’s new book, The LostMan. It was everything I’ve come to expect from her. I did not see the ending coming, which is exactly how it should be! If you like a bit of mystery I highly recommend this book.