The story setting is a seven hundred square kilometres cattle station in the Queensland outback, in the heat of late December. Following the death of their father, the station is run by Cameron although his two brothers each have a minority interest. Cameron dies under mysterious circumstances and a whole lot of family issues come to the surface. There are many flashbacks to things that happened in the past that parallel happenings now. The characters are well developed and the story is nicely paced, with many twists and turns.
The dominating feature is the heat and as is emphasised, you don’t spend time out in the open. If your vehicle breaks down you stay with the vehicle until you are found. Yet Cameron died of thirst nine kilometres from his undamaged vehicle.
There are some inconsistencies. A character walks into the cool room amongst frozen food; cool rooms are just that and are not freezers. The generator at the homestead is switched off each night leaving the house in total darkness. A real homestead would have battery operated night lights or would have 24 hour power to keep cool rooms and refrigerators running. One of the characters rides a horse over a distance of about forty kilometres in the heat of the day with no problems.
When I first started reading The Lost Man 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.
Another great read by Jane Harper! It took me a little bit to get through the first few chapters, wondering where the story was headed... but I could not put this book down. So many twists and turns, some predictable, others not so much. Love Harpers ability to entwine family history, hidden character traits and flashback/memories with mystery and suspense that keep the reader engaged and wanting more. I loved this book! There is so much going on but it is oh so addictive. Highly recommend!