I so enjoyed Jane Harper's previous novel, The Dry, I immediately wanted to read The Lost Man. Its plot is seemingly simple: two men meet in the remote Australian outback, where their brother has been found dead under odd circumstances. What follows is a convincing family mystery set in a landscape (central Queensland, Australia) so unforgiving that running out of gas while running errands can be fatal. The themes of isolation and secrecy run throughout this satisfying tale; Jane Harper is excellent at setting moods and scenes in this slow burn of a novel. Recommended! Recommended By Bart K., Powells.com
Like Harper's previous novels, The Lost Man is full of atmosphere, understated drama, and imperfect characters that work their way into my heart. I love her style of literary suspense, and I always feel lucky to take another trip to Jane Harper's Australia. Recommended By Emily F., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane Harper
Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbor, their homes four hours' drive apart.
The third brother lies dead at their feet.
Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere.
So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all.
Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly anticipated next book from the bestselling and award-winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead, in this stunning new standalone novel from Jane Harper
Brothers Nathan and Bub Bright meet for the first time in months at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback.
Their third brother, Cameron, lies dead at their feet.
In an isolated belt of Australia, their homes a three-hour drive apart, the brothers were one another's nearest neighbors. Cameron was the middle child, the one who ran the family homestead. But something made him head out alone under the unrelenting sun.
Nathan, Bub and Nathan's son return to Cameron's ranch and to those left behind by his passing: his wife, his daughters, and his mother, as well as their long-time employee and two recently hired seasonal workers.
While they grieve Cameron's loss, suspicion starts to take hold, and Nathan is forced to examine secrets the family would rather leave in the past. Because if someone forced Cameron to his death, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.
A powerful and brutal story of suspense set against a formidable landscape, The Lost Man confirms Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature, is one of the best new voices in writing today.