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The Lost Man Mass Market Paperback – 29 September 2020
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- Publisher : Flatiron Books (29 September 2020)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250755875
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250755872
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 3.02 x 19 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"[A] crime masterpiece. The landscape and culture of this remote Australian territory are magnificently evoked as a story of family secrets unfolds. Rarely does a puzzle so complicated fit together perfectly--you'll be shaking your head in amazement."
"All at once enthralling...Book by book, [Harper is] creating her own vivid and complex account of the outback."
--New York Times Book Review
--Entertainment Weekly Engrossing...Storytelling at its finest.
"A timely and riveting family drama set in a desolate area of Queensland that will keep you guessing until the final pages."
--BookPage, starred review, "Top Pick of the Month" Harper's masterful narrative places readers right in the middle of a desolate landscape that's almost as alien as the moon's surface, where the effects of long-term isolation are always a concern. The mystery of Cam's death is at the dark heart of an unfolding family drama that will leave readers reeling, and the final reveal is a heartbreaker. A twisty slow burner by an author at the top of her game.
--Kirkus, starred review "I absolutely loved The Lost Man. I devoured it in a day. Her best yet!"
--Liane Moriarty The atmosphere is so thick you can taste the red-clay dust, and the folklore surrounding the mysterious stockman adds an additional edge to an already dark and intense narrative. The truth is revealed in a surprising ending that reveals how far someone will go to preserve a life worth living in a place at once loathed and loved.
"The Lost Man is a compulsive, gripping read from start to finish with an atmosphere you can cut with a knife. I was absolutely blown away by it."
--Kate Hamer, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat "Jane Harper is at the top of the crime writing genre along with Attica Locke, Megan Abbott, and Tana French...[The Lost Man] slowly builds into one hell of a mystery! I will drop whatever I am doing to read a Jane Harper crime novel."
--BookRiot "Harper unfolds the story expertly so that the ending is both unexpected and entirely logical."
--Raleigh News & Observer "Quietly unsettling, in a hypnotic and heartbreaking way."
--Shelf Awareness "I read it in 24 hours. It's gripping, atmospheric and ultimately deeply satisfying."
--Val McDermid, internationally bestselling author of The Grave Tattoo "I don't have words for how much I loved it. Her other two books were amazing, but this is in a different league. It totally transcends genre, and it should win all the prizes."
--Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author of The Break "I ask in earnest: How the hell does she do it? The Lost Man is Jane Harper's third consecutive marvel... and, against long odds, her most marvelous yet, pitting brother against brother, man against nature, reader against the clock. What an extraordinary novel: part family drama, part indelible ode to the Outback -- a thriller as forceful and atmospheric as a brewing storm. Harper works miracles. We're lucky to witness them."
--A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window "Fabulously atmospheric, the book starts slowly and gradually picks up pace towards a jaw-dropping denouement."
--Guardian "Her best yet; it's certainly one of the finest novels of any sort, not only within the genre, that I've read in many moons . . . Harper adroitly blends the tension and brisk pace of a thriller with the psychological acuity and stylish prose of literary fiction."
--Irish Independent "Nothing about this novel is predictable. The characters are compelling, the plot is thrilling and the ending is so very satisfying. There's something special about getting to the end of a book and figuring out the mystery. You'll be left feeling content, a little shocked and desperate for more."
--Marie Claire (Australia) "If you liked The Dry, you'll love it. The Lost Man is an even better book, gripping right to the end. This terrific piece of outback noir opens with the discovery of a body...Harper...paints the menacing landscape brilliantly. The book's title could easily relate to several of the male characters. This engrossing novel will have you thinking long after you've turned the last page."
--Herald Sun (Aus) "Harper's sinewy prose and flinty characters compel...Jaw-dropping denouement."
--Publishers Weekly The novel shimmers with the heat of the Australian outback. I was mesmerized by this extraordinary vast brutal place and Harper's minutely observed, subtle and nuanced story within it.
--Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister
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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.
‘The Lost Man’ 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...
I didn’t see the ending coming and it tore my heart out. It was so emotional.
Wonderful wonderful book.
I can’t wait until the next Jane Harper gem.
The Lost Man 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!
What unfolds is the kind of story you sometimes hear in the bush: a somber story of families that look alright on the outside but which contain inter-generational violence and cruelty. Many a man becomes a tyrant, an expert in physical and emotional abuse. This is not apparent at first, as loner Nathan leaves his struggling farm to come home after his brother’s death. Harper treads with sure footing as she unravels the psychological complexities of this family as she did in her previous novels, and the result is as gripping as before. I suspect that many others will do as I did, and read it straight through. Many will empathise with Nathan’s sadness as he considers the results of the choices he has made and be glad about the surprising, but not surprising ending. Top marks.
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Recently, I have enjoyed a number of splendid Australian novels, including Jane Harper's The Dry, her first novel, and a rare achievement in itself, Scrublands, by Chris Hammer and Paul Howarth's Only Killers and Thieves, all of which strike me as notably good books. For me, anyway, The Lost Man puts even these in the shade.
The story concerns three brothers, Nathan, Bub and Cameron (Cam), their extensive cattle ranches and their families. Each of the brothers is a strongly realised individual, none less than Nathan, through whose eyes we witness most of the events that make up the novel. He, like the others, has been seriously damaged in the past, and partly by circumstance and partly by choice he is an outsider even within the extended families, whose lives and interrelationships are progressively revealed. Jane Harper shows an exceptional skill in handling dialogue; it is natural, convincing and subtly revealing of character. It is never over-explicit. We, the readers, are left to draw inferences and thereby are drawn ever deeper into the lives of the characters and the events which shape their destinies.
As with Scrublands - and there are a number of interesting parallels - key events and circumstances lie behind the narrative. There is not one of the characters who is not under the shadow of what has happened in the past. In many ways the story is a journey into the past as well as advancing towards a climax that is both unexpected yet wholly satisfying. The lives of not only the brothers but their families and associates, exert an increasingly firm hold on us, so that we feel at some depth the consequences of their actions and the ever shifting relationships between them. That they all inhabit a world so convincingly created, and so often demanding and more, only serves to root them even firmer into our minds. In short, a wonderful novel and a major contribution to the recent wave of Australian fiction.
I have yet to read Force of Nature, a pleasure that awaits. There is enough in The Dry and especially this novel to more than whet the appetite.
Told through the eyes of Nathan, Jane Harper brilliantly portrays to toughness, resilience and adaptability required to live and work in such a harsh, yet beautiful environment. Nature's ability to kill if you are unprepared is present at all times. Nathan has doubts this was Cam's way of commiting suicide, but cannot quite put his finger on why. Slowly pieces fall into place as to what may have happened as Nathan is effectively stranded at his family home until the funeral with his visiting teenage son, Xander.
Family secrets and unspoken events are gradually exposed.
This is an utterly gripping story, where each scene has a purpose. Jane Harper is a master story teller and I look forward to her next offering.