The Lost Man is Jane Harper’s new book that I was eagerly waiting. This time, she came with a stand alone book, instead of continuing her series featuring Aaron Falk. I think in terms of her style of writing and content wise, it was quite different than this series.
Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes three hours’ drive 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, who lies dead at their feet.
Something had been on Cam’s mind. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
I must say the book was difficult to get into. It’s set in Australian wilderness, where the nature is not so forgiving. I had difficulty in understanding who was who and what was happening, but a bit later on, things became clear. So, keep going 🙂
The best part of this book is definitely Harper’s writing. I already thought Harper’s thrillers was not all plot driven or twists & turns. Her writing was always very good. I loved her character development and plot building. For me she is on my ‘literary’ thriller writers list 🙂 Her writing is even more so significant in this as the thriller part of this story is at the back stage, rather than forefront. This is more like a slow moving family drama with a lot of baggage carried from the past. There’s trigger warning for abuse as well, just to you know.
I’m sure there will be lovers of this book as well as people who will be disappointed as she diverted a little bit from what we’re used to. Also when you say thriller, people expect a certain type of book. It doesn’t have the usual twists and turns, and maybe it’s even predictable. But, if you’re looking for a very good family drama, with very well written characters, together with a mystery, this book can be for you. Harper also writes about the Australian nature fantastically, which I enjoyed getting to know. I’m sure her Australian fans must be very happy 🙂
So, that’s it from me today. I hope I could help you to see if this book is for you. Please let me know in comments if you read it or planning to.
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Big thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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