It’s publication day for The Lost Man by Jane Harper #thelostman @janeharperautho @GraceEVincent

The Lost Man was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint!

About this book…

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours 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. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

My review…

Opening up my copy of The Lost Man felt like unlocking a virtual doorway into the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Jane Harper’s Australia. And boy, have I missed it! Having read and loved both of her previous books, especially The Dry, I was really looking forward to The Lost Man even though I hadn’t realised until I started that it was a stand-alone book and not an Aaron Falk instalment. But I have to say that it didn’t make a blind bit of difference to me as Jane Harper has now proved that her exquisite writing isn’t exclusive to Aaron Falk. The Lost Man is an absolutely stunning piece of fiction and one that needs to be savoured.

When the body of Cameron Bright is discovered, his eldest and youngest brother meet up over his body whilst awaiting its removal from the shelter of the old grave that Cameron had sought in his final hours. How did he get there and what were the circumstances leading up to his discovery? For such a small community there seemed to be an awful lot of secrets and it is the discovery of those hidden deep inside each character that form the basis of this beautifully crafted, atmospheric mystery.

The slow burn of the first two thirds creates an palpable sense of tension so that by the last third, when things start to become clearer, there is such a unexpected rush of emotion as everything comes to its dramatic conclusion. This organically structured novel will leave you breathless with its perfectly polished plotting but it’s the standard of the writing that really left its mark on me. Jane Harper seems able to bring her settings to life with a gifted ability to not only make her readers visualise their surroundings but to literally transport them to the heat of the Australian outback. She writes so beautifully and just seems to get better with every novel she produces as her style evolves and grows. If you’ve never read her books before then The Lost Man is a wonderful place to start your journey with her.

Meet the author…

Jane Harper worked as a print journalist for 13 years before writing The Dry, a #1 international bestseller, and Force of Nature, also an international bestseller. The Lost Manis her third novel. Originally from the UK, Jane lives in Melbourne.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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