BOOK CLUB: The Lost Man

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Author: Jane Harper
ISBN: 9781743549100
RRP: $32.99
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The Lost Man is the third book by talented Australian author Jane Harper and it’s another 5 star read for me.


The Lost Man is set in the vast outback of Queensland. Two brothers meet at the border of their neighbouring cattle properties, at the legendary landmark that is the stockman’s grave. A landmark that has been a part of the landscape for so many generations that no-one remembers the truth of the site.

The stockman’s grave casts a shadow that offered little hope for the middle Bright brother Cameron when he found himself under the relentless outback sun.

Cameron’s death raises many questions and through the anguish of saying goodbye the family is left to try and unravel the mystery. Cameron had been troubled in recent months, did he lose hope and walk into the unforgiving sun because if not the isolation leaves few suspects.

The Lost Man is a slow burning suspense that is completely character driven. The cast of characters is quite small because the Bright cattle properties are so large, and so far out of town, that the only real interactions are the family and the staff. Town is a number of hours away and there is only a single police officer, who happens to be hours in the other direction when Cameron is found.

Nathan is the older Bright brother, living on an adjoining property to the rest of the family and still about a 3hr drive away. He is living a life more isolated, and is deemed a much greater risk. He often leaves his radio off and is completely uncontactable, which concerns everyone who cares about him. He had issues in town a couple of years ago and has been shut out and shunned, completely unwelcome in his hometown. Nathan has grown accustomed to the isolation and now can go months without hearing another voice or seeing another person.

Cameron seemed to have it all together; lovely wife, two gorgeous daughters, a successful cattle property and the respect of the town. What is it that was troubling him? No-one seems to know.

Harper has woven a captivating tale of the hardships of life on the massive cattle properties in outback Queensland, the isolation, the stress, the risks associated with supplies if there are floods. It really is almost unimaginable to me to try and picture what life would be like. Add to all of that distance and isolation the prospect of mental health issues or medical issues and how do you ensure everyone’s wellness. More to the point how do you recognise the signs of someone being at risk?

Cameron’s death looks pretty cut and dried but there are things that just don’t quite add up. Nathan and his teen son Xander continue investigating on their own because it’s too hard to just accept that things are as they seem with so many inconsistencies. The question is how do you move forward when you don’t like what you uncover?

The Lost Man was a captivating story that I should have read in a short matter of days but just lately my books are almost gathering dust, much to my dismay. I was invested in these characters, their heartaches, their grief and their decisions. We uncover a lot of the past and the way that it shapes our present.

A slow burning suspense of endurance, of courage and of finding the strength to change the shape of the future.

Jane Harper can be found on her Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Lost Man is book #46 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2018.

Thanks to Pan MacMillan 50 of our Beauty and Lace club members will be reading and reviewing The Lost Man so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments.

The Lost Man is available now through Pan MacMillan, Booktopia, Angus & Robertson and where all good books are sold.

51 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Lost Man

  1. The Lost Man is set in the harsh Australian Outback, in the desert regions where temps reach boiling point and humans can’t withstand the elements for more than a few hours.

    Cameron, one of three brothers, has been found dead near an old gravesite called ‘The Stockman’s grave’. The grave is one of local legends and nobody seems to know how or why Cameron was there to begin with.

    Brothers Nathan & Bub must comfort their mother and Cameron’s wife Ilse and his two young daughters while trying to get answers on Cam’s death.

    I loved this book for many reasons, the true blue Aussie characters, the harsh landscape, the mystery and the mixed emotions.

    Jane Harper is a brilliant storyteller and she really had me wondering and guessing as I turned the pages.

    I highly recommend ‘The Lost Man’.

  2. Thanks to Macmillan and Beauty and Lace for the chance to read this Australian outback book, complete with dust and dirt, cattle, and stockman, heat and plenty of Australian venacular- mate! The story is written in a lively, catchy style, and you want to read more about the brothers, particularly as the landscape is so familar, you can feel the heat from the pages. Nathan and Bub came alive, as they try to work out Cam’s death, and the story flows from the brothers relationship as much as the death, and what Cam may or may not have been doing, and how this will upset his wife and kids. The blockbuster style carries you along, and I can see that the tv series treatment woud work for this book too. Jane Harper writes to suck you into the rough diamond characters and their interelationships, with a local flavour. I would give this a 3/5 as a good, hearty read.

  3. the Lost man is Jane Harper”s third book and definitely dose not disappoint, it draws the reader in right from the first page with its powerful story of suspense, family secrets and undercurrents. It has the reader trying to unravel the mystery of Cameron Brights death.Why would an outback rancher that knows all the rules of survival in the outback end up dead and his car that is fully stocked be miles away from him ? The story is set in the harsh Australian outback about the Bright Family who is thrown into grief after discovering Cameron’s body by the Stock mans” grave a place with its own history.

  4. Lost Man

    This is a complex psychological thriller that is hard to put down.
    The story begins with the discovery of Cameron Bright found dead in the outback in Queensland without supplies and with the sun beating down on him. We then have his two brothers Nathan and Bub standing over his body very confused as to why and how Cameron was out in the middle of nowhere without any supplies when he knew better than anyone as he had grown up in the area and would know what he needed in the outback.
    The site of Cameron’s death is the Stockman’s Grave; a burial site for a man whose own death is a mystery. But why was Cameron there, how did he die and why did he leave his car close by when it was full of supplies?

    The surrounding townspeople all think that Cameron either killed himself or found himself stranded, but his family suspect there is someone else involved. The family struggle to come to terms with Cameron’s death and as the story progresses more family secrets are uncovered.

    It is hard not to bond with members of the Bright family. The emotions, fears and life experiences of all of them are complex and quite relatable.

    I liked the suspense and build up of the book and I really liked the ending. I can’t recommend this highly enough. An incredible read from start to finish.

  5. A man found dead in the harsh and unforgiving outback of Australia. Did he make an error in judging his surrounding land? He grew up and lived on the families outback property where he was found dead his whole life, and he was found nine kms away from his car that was fully stocked with food, water and supplies ….. did he intentionally walk off to his death?

    The story is written from the eldest brother Nathan’s perspective and there are subtle things about his brother’s death that don’t quite add up. Why would his brother who was well liked, charming, successfully running the family farm and married with two daughters…. everything that Nathan didn’t have, do something like this? And why would he choose to do it this way?

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read and review ‘The lost man’ by Jane Harper. I was looking forward to reading this story. I had heard great things about Jane Harper’s other books and this did not disappoint. I enjoyed reading about the harsh outback of Australia. I enjoyed finding out the story of Nathan as he was finding out things he didn’t know about his family. A family that he hadn’t seen for 12 months.

    I found the book was well written and I enjoyed the story. It kept me interested, it kept me guessing and it kept me wanting to know more. I don’t plan to go to the outback Australia any time soon, however I do look forward to reading more of Jane Harper’s books!!

  6. This storyline is set in the harsh outback of Queensland. If you have never seen the outback you will learn a lot about the bush and surrounding landscapes.

    The story revolves around three brothers who all own pockets of vast cattle properties which all border on to each other. They always met up on the boundary lines for chats.

    In the outback there is a gravesite known as Stockman’s Grave but no one remembers who was buried there.

    No one expected to find middle brother Cameron Bright’s body, who uncanningly was found at the stockman’s grave. Cameron had the perfect wife, kids so was it suicide or murder or just an unfortunate accident? No one knew and the other 2 brothers needed to find out more.

    All the Bright family members start trying to remember what they had been doing before Cameron was found dead. Could they have prevented whatever was wrong or how it happened?

    There is not a lot I can say about this book as the characters are all from the same family but you really want to keep reading to see how Cameron died where he did.

    I found the storyline a little slow in some parts but it is one of those reads that still capture your attention and you really want to find out how Cameron died.

    I read Jane’s first book The Dry and was sort of half expecting FBI agent Arron Falk to pop up during the storyline but he is not in this book at all.

    Thanks Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan Australia for another great read. The cover depicts the storyline perfectly.

  7. Wow! The Lost Man by Jane Harper and published by Pan Macmillan, is such an engrossing story and so well written! I loved it and found it hard to put down.

    It starts off relatively slowly as it sets the scene, but each detail has been carefully thought through, the multilayered characters skillfully and realistically depicted and the atmosphere created by the well paced build up is completely enthralling. Like the relentless sun beating down on the parched outback landscape, as you turn the pages the ‘heat’ and intensity of the story increases!!

    As the true circumstances of Cameron Bright’s horrible and desperate death, are revealed, so too are the underlying tensions and secrets of the whole Bright family. Deep and painful truths that have been long hidden begin to emerge and the images of a quiet farming family are soon shattered!

    The Lost Man is a powerful, intense family drama – a great read, and the author Jane Harper a brilliant talent. I will definitely be looking out for more of her well crafted tales!!

  8. I am so thankful to ‘Beauty and Lace’ for intruding me to fabulous Australian author Jane Harper. I could not put ‘The Lost Man’ down, I loved every second of this book, so much so I went out and bought ‘The Dry’ and ‘Forces of Nature’

    ‘The Lost Man’ is a real page turner, so many twists, a typical vast Australian outback station, three brothers, one married with kids, one an ‘accident’ one ‘the black sheep’ mum the ‘matriarch’ the farm help, the ‘backpackers’ all the characters are there.

    The rugged unforgiving outback landscape, a violent past, a young man’s misdemenour swept under the carpet, betrayal, skeletons in the closet, burial plots on family land, love lost, love found. A real who-done-it, and just when you think you’ve got it all sorted out, you are so far off the beaten track, you couldn’t see the headlights coming through the dust storm.

    Thank you so much Beauty and Lace and Pan McMillan for giving ne the opportunity to review such a wonderful book, that I thoroughly recommend – go out and purchase this book, you won’t be disappointed

  9. I’m going against the grain here but I just didn’t love this book. Well the first half anyway – I really struggled to get into the story.

    I’m an outback aussie farmer’s wife & with the current drought situation, some of thoughts had by the characters are definitely accurate, which I found a little confronting.

    As for the ending – It redeems this whole book. Cracker of an ending!

  10. Thankyou Beauty & Lace for selecting me to read The Lost Man written by Jane Harper
    This book is set in the outback of Queensland where the country is harsh and dry
    This book gives readers from cities a sense of what the outback is really like in regards to the difficult conditions
    The story begins with the death of Cameron Bright out near the stockmans grave, he has no provisions on him and Cameron would know better, has he been murdered, committed suicide or was his death an accident ( no spoilers ) readers will discover the answer later on in the book
    The Bright family members just don’t understand what has happened/ or what went wrong
    I loved this book it was a real page turner and had an ending I never saw coming

  11. This book is set in the sweltering conditions of vast outback Queensland, and begins with two brothers, Nathan and Bub Bright, meeting at an old landmark known to the locals as Stockman’s Grave.
    The reason for their gathering is a sad one.
    Their brother Cameron was found dead there, his car abandoned, yet packed to the brim with supplies to survive the elements..
    Cameron leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.
    So, just what happened to Cameron?
    Family claim he had been acting unusually in the weeks prior to his death, and are left wondering if he headed out there that day with the intention of never returning.
    Could they be right, or did something more sinister occur?

    As the reader gets to know more about the Bright family, it is evident that each of them have secrets and stories that they want to remain hidden, and by the end of the novel, I was overcome with sadness for quite a few of the characters.
    If you are after a light-hearted read, then you won’t find it here, but I recommend giving this book the time it deserves as it is a story that leaves the reader questioning many things (including human nature), and is told very well.
    Jane does an exemplary job of describing the outback conditions – the red dust, the distance between properties, the stifling weather – it all is such a big part of the story, and is described so well that you can’t help but imagine yourself in the same position.
    This is on family drama that unravels slowly and as the mystery surrounding Cameron’s death comes to light, it was not what I was expecting at all.
    Highly recommend this (as well as both of Jane’s other novels that I have read). Thank you to Beauty & Lace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  12. I think this is Jane Harper’s best book to date. Her dry, slow-reveal story is absolutely compelling and I simply didn’t want to put it down. It begins with the horrific discovery of Cameron Bright, son, brother, husband, father, being found dead at an old unknown stockman’s grave on the family property. Normally he, like everyone in the harsh, remote Queensland outback, has water, food and supplies to last a couple of days in his car. And yet Cam’s car – in perfect working order – is found too far away for him to (1) walk to it, and (2) access the radio and the life-saving food and water. His death is an inexplicably horrible mystery, and it falls to Cam’s brother Nathan to try and figure out what really happened. Nathan is riding his own demons, and we find out exactly what they are through the book. He lives on an impoverished property next door to the family spread, desperately scrabbling to eke out a living, a virtual outcast. The only person who visits is his teenage son (an excellent character, finely drawn), on leave from school, and the local policeman and health worker. Nathan’s not that welcome in town, either, because past events have condemned him in their eyes. Working past all the stigma is not easy, but he has to step up to try and figure out Cam’s death. The Australian outback is like an added character in this story. It is harsh, crucifyingly, relentlessly boiling hot, totally unforgiving, keeping its secrets. Nothing is easy. All kudos to Jane Harper for writing a brilliant story. I’m not going to give anything away, because the secrets of the story are all part of the onion-layer-peel reveal through the book – and the staggering shocks really do keep coming. Each new fact makes you think you know where the story’s going to head – but it doesn’t, it twisted and turned and lurched just where you didn’t expect. I loved the way I had no idea about the end. An amazing read.

  13. Thank you to beauty and lace for giving me the opportunity to read this book and write this review.

    Jane Harper captures the outback beautifully, the descriptions of the landscape and the hot sun really paints a great picture while reading this book.

    I enjoyed the book, I love a good outback story but I did feel it was a bit slow to get going and would love to have a sequel to see what happens in the future for the Bright family.

    My favourite character in the book is Xander, he seems to have a quiet personality but he speaks up when the moment is right.

    I would rate the book as an easy read and I didn’t see the ending, as I was reading, I thought there was going to be some sort of twist but I couldn’t pick it.

    Well done Jane!

  14. Not sure why (maybe distracted by life) but this book took me a bit to get into – maybe the introduction of so many characters in the beginning, who knows. However, once I got my head around it (and the flitting between time periods on occasions), I just had to finish it to find out what happened!

    The Lost Man tells the story of a family in outback Queensland who encounter a death – the circumstances around the death is what the book is all about – but not via a police investigation rather the family all looking for clues, while uncovering other secrets about one another.

    A story of family, love, hardship and death this book touches on a range of themes which are relatable and make for an intense quick read. Harper has managed to vividly describe the Queensland outback and the harsh realities of the environment out there.

    Without giving too much away, there are a few small stories which were not quite finished for me…. Perhaps room for a sequel?

    I really enjoyed this book, as I have with her others and highly recommend!

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan McMillan for the opportunity to review this book.

  15. Wow, thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan McMilliam for the opportunity to review the lost Man, Jane Harper’s third novel. I love Australian novels and this one is no exception.
    Her depiction of the outback characters, gave me a real insight into the lives of isolated farming families. The book moved at a fast pace and I could hardly put it down.
    The author threw in a few false leads, so that I had no idea what had happened to Cam and how he had died.
    She is excellent at drawing a deep picture of relationships. Cam’ brother, Nathan is a tactiturn. Character, separated from his wife and does not see his teenage son, Xander, as often as he would like.. I felt a real connection to them, and felt for xander, torn between his parents, and city and outback life.. there is a lot of emotion around the death of Cam, who seems to ‘have it all’
    I was totally surprised by the ending. I highly recommend this book.

  16. The Lost Man promised intrigue, adventure, and a story about a place that has held my curiosity for many years. Jane Harper through the The Lost Man lived up to all my expectations in her story about a family with generational problems.

    I was intrigued from the very first page. The establishment of the characters early on was complicated, and had me raising questions in rapid succession.

    The Bright family endured physical and emotional abuse from Carl, the patriarch, until his sudden death in a car crash. His wife, Liz, mother to the three sons who are the focus of the story, remained on the property, and the boys married and had their own families that stayed close by.

    The storyline was weaving its beautiful tapestry of intrigue, and the characters were given depth and history. Then after all the questions were answered, everything fell into place for the characters a bit too perfectly.

    This happy ending was artificial and rapid. It’s almost like the author has exhausted everything she had and couldn’t give any more.

  17. One of the things I love about Jane Harper’s novels is the way the Australian landscape is utterly integral to the story. These stories simply couldn’t be set anywhere else. These are among the most distinctive Australian stories I’ve read, and Harper does it in a way that is realistic and matter of fact.

    In the Queensland outback, everyone knows the rules of survival. Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Carry plenty of supplies. If you break down, never leave your car. And yet, one day Nathan gets a phone call. His brother Cam left a vehicle generously supplied with water and food, and wandered off into the desert. He was dead within a day, before anyone realised he was missing. And there seems no reason for it.

    As Nathan tries to fathom his brother’s death – the whys and the hows – he comes to realise that he also needs to understand his brother’s life.

    This is a well paced novel which gradually unfolds not just Cam’s life, but Nathan’s, and to a lesser extent that of their families. This is both a murder mystery and a family drama, and both are engrossing. The characters are strong and realistic, the revelations carefully judged and emotionally calibrated, and the setting well drawn.

    Honestly, I couldn’t fault this novel. It’s another really impressive novel from Jane Harper – she only gets better with each novel, even though her first set a very high bar. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates Australian stories, strong characters, or engrossing plots.

  18. Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review The Lost Man by Australian author Jane Harper.

    The story centres on Cameron Bright who is brother to Nathan and Bub. Cameron is found deceased at a place called The Stockman’s Grave. His death is a mystery to everyone.

    He was found without any supplies, which is very unusual because he grew up in the area. Everyone is saying that Cameron may have killed himself or was stranded. Although his family does not beleive it was suicide.

    This is a great read by a very talented Australian author. I loved the characters and the way the story is woven.

  19. The Lost Man is a great story about a family living on farms where there is dangers of being left on the side of the road without any help if you get stuck.
    The book has many wrongs where people want to make things right in their lives, and feel safe again.

  20. Thank you to Beauty and Lace Club and Pan MacMillian for the chance to read and review ‘The Lost Man’ by Jane Harper.

    I thought this story which is set in the dry and dusty Queensland Outback, was well written and a great read. Jane gives a good insight into how farmers and small communities live with challenges that can face them while living hours from civilisation.

    The novel starts with news of the death of a beloved brother, Cameron, of the Bright family. The Bright family own and operate a large farming property, with Nathan, another brother owning another property nearby. Nearby being hours away which is not uncommon in these rural communities.

    Cameron dies in mysterious circumstances and while the police believe there was no other person involved, Nathan thinks differently. He is determined to find out what exactly happened and why. I enjoyed reading this journey of twists and turns and when the answers are finally upon us, the conclusion is not disappointing.

    If mysteries are up your alley then ‘The Lost Man’ is one to add to your To Be Read pile.

  21. A man, isolated in the Australian outback is found dead within range of his fully working car stocked with food and water. No one else appears to have been near the scene and no other foul play appears evident. Whilst unravelling the mystery surrounding the man’s death, the complete isolation and vastness of the Australian outback becomes apparent. The story took a while for me to engage with but I warmed up and really enjoyed the nice tight ending. An enjoyable read and I will continue to read & enjoy Jane Harper’s work.
    Thanks to the publisher and Beauty & Lace for the read.

  22. Farming in the outback Australia is often a lonely existence with many stresses. The miles between plots means farmers are isolated. Is that why Cameron was found dead? But why on the grave site of an historic Stockman? His car was 9km away, fully stocked so why would an experienced farmer leave himself to the summer elements? So many questions in this story and Jane Harper keeps you wondering right to the end.
    Cameron’s brother Nathan can’t figure out how this came about. The family, wife, children and workers are all unsure why or how but confirm things weren’t quite right with Cameron. The police find no evidence.
    Can Nathan solve the mystery and does he realise the impact of what he is about to uncover? I loved the way I was drawn in, the mystery, the history and the way it played out. An amazing read, thanks for the opportunity.

  23. The Lost Man by Jane Harper was an absolutely terrific read. The story is about one of 3 brothers (Cameron) who is mysteriously found dead at what locals call The Stockmans Grave. Is it suicide or something more sinister? So many secrets are revealed along the way which help keep the story moving along nicely plus, there are a host of wonderful characters that keep you intrigued. The Aussie outback is both harsh and beautiful and this book delves into the dangers and pleasures of it perfectly. It also touches on some deep and sadly current issues in a delicate and sensitive way.
    Jane Harper, you have done it again. Another top read that I couldn’t put down and I can’t thank you enough!
    I would also like to thank Beauty & Lace and Pan Macmillan for the fabulous opportunity you provided in reading this book. I loved it!

  24. I really enjoyed Jane Harpers’ s first 2 books, so i had quite high expectations for “The Lost Man” and was a bit weary when I heard that Aaaron Falk was not part of the story. I was certainly not disappointed. The story was captivating – an mysterious death in the harsh Australian outback. The characters are beautifully developed and I felt a lot of empathy and compassion towards them.

    The story is set in Queensland outback on a family farm and Nathan Bright tries to understand what happened to his brother Cameron. Did he kill himself? Was he killed?
    The story is revealed at a good pace, the past and the present leading to Cameron’s and his family destiny. I did not predict the ending and enjoyed how all the pieces of the puzzle fits together.

    The author dives into some social issues, sometimes confronting to read but I felt it was made without judgment. The book finished on a positive note but I could not move past the events that had lead to Cameron’s fate.

    Thank you to Beauty & Lace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  25. The lost man
    Firstly I would like to thank Pan MacMillan and Beauty and Lace book club for the opportunity to review The Lost Man.
    I had previously read Jane Harper’s first novel, The Dry, and enjoyed her portrayal of outback Australian life. I was looking forward to seeing whether The Lost Man ran along a similar vein, and I was not disappointed. I grew up on a cattle station in outback Queensland and found her depictions of every day life accurate, and I enjoyed the reminiscing her book brought on. Thankfully my life did not have quite the mystery and tragedy of the Bright family featured in the novel!
    The story opens with the discovery of the body of the middle Bright son, Cameron, and goes on the explore the circumstances relating to his death, as well as uncovering the various secrets and resentments of all the Bright family members, along with the others that live on the station. In a book where no one is quite what they seem from first impressions, the question of what exactly led to Cameron’s untimely death – an unfortunate accident, a calculated and purposeful self destruction or something more sinister – will keep you guessing right until the very end.
    I couldn’t put down The Lost Man and thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries with well developed characters and a little bit of insight into the lives of those living in outback Australia.

  26. The Lost Man. By Jane Harper

    This story is set in the outback of Queensland where the farms cover thousands of acres, neighbours are hours apart, and the days are hot, dry and dusty.

    In this barren landscape is a lone marker called The Stockmans grave. It has been there for so many generations that the locals do not remember the truth about the stockman who lies there.

    But at the beginning of the story, we find another stockman who has perished at this same spot, lying beside the marker. Cameron is a local, who farms with his Mother and brother Bub close by, his nearest neighbour being his other brother Nathan, who’s farm adjoins theirs, but is a 3 hour drive away.

    Cameron has a wife and two young daughters. His cattle property is successful, and he knows how to survive in the hot rugged outback. On the day he is found dead, he was to meet with his brother to check fencing. He did not keep that schedule. What has happened? Why did he leave his air conditioned vehicle, which was stocked with food and water, to die in the scorching sun beside The Stockman’s Grave?

    As the story unfolds, we learn that Cameron had issues that he managed to keep hidden. Until they began to unravel…..

    A great tale telling of how one’s life may not be what it seems to be to others.

    I loved this book by Jane Harper, and will now track down her others to read.
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club, and to PanMacmillan Books for the chance to discover another great Australian writer.

  27. The latest book from Jane Harper, The Lost Man, continues her amazing use of the Australian landscape as a pivotal part of the story. Harper’s third book, it doesn’t feature the main character from her first two books, Aaron Falk. However the protagonist of The Lost Man, Nathan Bright, has his own secrets, along with all the other characters in the book. Along with her first two books, Harper manages to utilise only a few main characters in her story, which gives the Harper the opportunity to develop and engage the readers with these characters.

    The isolation of the Queensland outback is the setting for The Lost Man, with the Bright family dealing with the loss of Cameron, a husband, father, brother and son. While those involved in Cameron’s life are dealing with this sudden loss, they are also coming to terms with the impact of Cameron’s death on their lives and trying to understand how and why he died. After Harper takes the reader on some twists and turns, the story comes to a thrilling and unexpected end.

    Having read Jane Harper’s first two books, I was very excited to hear she was releasing a third book, and even more excited to be given the opportunity to read and review it. Thanks Pan MacMillan and Beauty and Lace! Highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!`

  28. I was looking forward to reading The Lost Man as I really enjoyed reading ‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper in a previous book club a couple of years ago. I enjoyed reading this book just as much, it was very well written with a captivating story.

    The book was set around the main character Nathan, whose brother Cameron has been found dead in the middle of no-where surrounding each of their rural country properties. We learn that Nathan is a social outcast in their small town, but he has to face the locals again after his brother’s death. As the story progresses we learn that not everything is as it seems, and everyone has their secrets. The book follows the mystery of Cameron’s death, and the main question is was this a suicide or murder? There is no evidence to suggest either as a plausible option, but it has to be one.

    The book was easy to read and hard to put down. The story is only told from Nathan’s perspective but as he interacts, we learn information from all the main characters which will continually sway your verdict. When I was on the second last chapter only a few pages from the end, I was getting anxious as the answer still hadn’t been revealed and I was concerned the ending would be rushed or left open ended, but somehow it did wrap up quite nicely in a concise couple of pages and it was not at all what I expected. The only thing I was slightly disappointed about for the ending was that there was not an epilogue… it would have been interesting to read about what was going on six or twelve months later.

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it especially if you are looking for an easy read in the mystery genre.

  29. Set in Australia and full of the wonderful people and language, this book of brothers, love and loss is interesting, and engaging from start to finish. Bub and Nathan felt like real characters and were real “characters” if you know what I mean, trying to find out how and why their brother died as he did. The tension from the land and the people in it carry through the mystery, and you do want to know why Cam left the wife and kids, how he ended up where he did and what happened. 3/5

  30. What a read! The Lost Man is the story about 3 brothers, 1 of which is found deceased on the stockman’s grave. Why is he dead? Why did he leave his car? Why on the stockman’s grave?

    Nathan is looking to find out the truth, not only about his brother but about Ilse, the love that he let go and the family.

    The Lost Man touches on some domestic voilence issues and mental health but all around I found it to be a great story with a happy ending!

  31. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    This was fabulous, I was a bit slow getting drawn in, but once there, bam! I didn’t want to put it down. I changed my mind so many times about the guilty party, but was kept guessing right until the end. Jane Harper manages to spin this tail so you truly don’t know what the truth really is until she wishes us to uncover it. Some important issues are touched on, isolation, depression, suicide, counselling, date rape and domestic abuse. A really great read set in an outback farming community where life is already hard and often circumstance can make it harder.

    Thanks to Beauty & Lace Bookclub and Pan MacMillan Australia for the opportunity to read an give an honest review of this book.

  32. This is the third Jane Harper book I’ve read and I have to say, it’s probably the best one so far. Harper is excellent at building the mood of the setting with her description of the scenery and the portrayal of the harsh Australian outback. Cam’s death wasn’t an easy one and reminds me of those mysteries where someone dies in a room locked from the inside.

    The Lost Man is set in outback Queensland and you can literally feel the heat and dry. This book doesn’t have the same main characters as her other two books but there is a sneaky reference to one of her other books which eagle-eyed fans might pick up.

    I’ve since recommended this book to my bookclub. It’s a great read for the upcoming holidays.

  33. Many thanks to Beauty and Lace Bookclub and Pan MacMillan for the opportunity to read and review The Lost Man by Jane Harper.

    This is the first of Harper’s books that I have read and I loved it. Set in the harsh Australian Outback, where secrets are kept, the realities of family life are either hidden or not talked about and people are slow to forget and even slower to forgive and the area is dominated by the stockman’s grave and tales of how it came to be.

    The tale revolves around the Bright brothers, Nathan, Cameron and the youngest known as Bub.

    Nathan has a patch of land on one side of the fence, which he received when he married Jacqui, and kept after the messy divorce. Their now 16 year old son Xander lives with mum in Brisbane but spends time with Nathan under court ordered visits during school holidays. It’s just before Christmas, and Xander is currently visiting his dad.

    The other side of the fence is the huge Burley Downs Station, owned by the boys father Carl Bright, and left to the three boys after his death. Cameron and Bub still live on Burley Downs Station, along with their mum Liz, Cameron’s wife Ilse, his daughters Sophie and Lois, Uncle Harry and currently a couple of backpackers, Katy and Simon. Cameron manages the property, and Bub works on it.

    When Cameron is found dead at the base of the stockman’s grave’
    s headstone, his fully stocked and perfectly functioning car a few kilometres away questions are raised as to what occurred to bring about the death of an apparently competent and happy man who had appeared to have everything going for him..

    As carefully constructed facades begin to crumble the real people below the surface emerge to face their demons and their realities and we discover what we should already know, that what we see on the surface is not necessarily who or what a person is.

    I loved the way as the book developed, so did the characters, from two dimensional to fully fleshed three dimensional, how issues of consent, domestic violence, depression and the difficulties of life on the land were sensitively dealt with.

    Harper has written a highly believable, relate-able, psychological thriller that may take a little getting into, but then holds you to the very end.

    While some may find the topics dealt with in the book confronting, especially those who may currently be experiencing or recovering from family violence, I would highly recommend this book as a great read.

    I give it 5 stars

  34. Firstly I would like to thank Beauty and Lace and Pan MacMillan for the opportunity to review The Lost Man.

    The Lost Man is set in outback Australia and starts on with a man being found dead in close vicinity to his car that had food and water inside. The book follows the mystery of his death as to what happened to ‘Cameron’.

    I did find this book very hard to get into and there were a few times were I was close to just not finishing it. For me I found this book hard to get into but once I had read a couple of chapters I was hooked and did not predict the ending at all!

  35. Jane Harper has not let me down again!

    A book filled with vivid imagery, twists and turns, along with plots that you never expect!

    The book is about tree very different brothers who live in the middle of nowhere and the battle to discover the real reason why one of them died, at the legendary ‘Stockmans grave’, of all places…

    Thank you for allowing me to read this page turner, that I could not put down!

  36. Suspenseful? Intense? Page turner? I’d say all of the above!

    Three brothers, growing up on the land, and a mysterious death that changes everything.

    The story is told by Nathan, the eldest brother, who has become reclusive after a family breakdown. He becomes determined to solve the mystery surrounding his brothers death, but is conflicted about the things he discovers.

    I liked the subtle nod to The Dry – Janes first novel which I also enjoyed.

    I very much recommend this if you are a mystery fan. I will certainly be looking forward to more novels by Jane Harper.

    Thank you to Pan McMillan and Beauty and Lace for this copy.

  37. What can i add that hasn’t been already said. Jane Harper is fast becoming one of my favourite authors partly because of the Australian settings but mostly for how she weaves a tale.

    As others i found it a little hard to get into but once Harper had me trapped there was no putting it down.

    A thoughtful, respectful look at life on the land and all its trials with a lot of suspense thrown in

  38. Firstly let me just say for those who were unsure about this book because it doesnt have Aaron Falk in it..dont be… this book is amazing and dare i say better then The Dry.
    The Lost Man is a story about family and secrets and about complex relationships, love amd loss and the unrelenting harshness of remote Australia.
    The characters are extremely well written and i was hooked by the story trying to figure out what happened to Cam, how a seasoned farmer let himself become stranded, knowing it would most likely lead to his death.
    i dont want to give to much away, as the slow burning twists are what make this book so brilliant ..i will say Jane Harper is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

  39. Thanks to Beauty & Lace for the chance to read ‘The Lost Man – By Jane Harper’. I was excited to read this book. I read Harper’s first book, ‘The Dry’, at the beginning of the year and was thoroughly impressed at how easy Jane could put words on paper and create a whole new Universe that I entered every time I picked up the book.
    The Lost Man is a mystery, a slow suspenseful story, that was able to keep me interested and wanting answers. Upon opening the book, I was transported into a part of Australia that I knew existed but had never actually formed an image in my mind of. A lonely, dry, dusty, red, part of Australia, where a ‘neighbour’ can live hundreds of kilometres away and where cattle stations are just so mammoth, that it takes someone like Harper to impress on my imagination, the astounding vastness of one…..I was mind-blown after reading Harper’s description of the outback, it took me a few minutes to get my head around it. At times I felt like I was spending my days in the Qld outback, in scorching heat, red dust devils dotting horizons as my mouth would dry and dust parch my throat. Jane Harper has the most wonderful knack of setting up imagery in one’s mind and plonking you in the middle of her own set.
    After Nathan and Bub discover their brother, Cam Bright’s body, at the famous landmark, the grave of the old stockman, which just happened to provide the only slither of shade for miles, the mystery and the mounting questions begin. What happened? Cameron knew the rule about wandering around the properties, that you always stock the car of food, water and petrol and you never stray too far from the safety of the car; the air conditioning, water and food. So why was his body found nine kilometres away from the car which was stocked and in good order. His body dehydrated and burnt.
    The mystery and journey for answers begins, as Nathan puts on the detective cap. He doesn’t believe his younger brother was feeling depressed, let alone that he took his own life, not that way, at least. We discover that everyone has secrets and everybody has lies that they’ve buried deep down, long ago. And slowly, like a simmering pot, truths start to resurface and we come to know the characters that make the story.
    I’d recommend this book to those that love a good mystery. Those that love the psychological side of things. I found this more an interesting read, than I did suspenseful.

  40. I absolutely loved this book and found it hard to put down once I had started. It is a thrilling family drama set in outback Queensland. It starts with the death of one of three brothers in unusual circumamstances and unravels from there as we get to know the various family members and their family roles.

    The book portrays the complexity of living remotely and how it impacts the life and choices of those who do so.

    I loved this book and would highly recommend it.

  41. The Lost Man by Jane Harper tells the story of the Bright family as they uncover the truth behind the death of father and husband Cameron Bright. Cameron’s brother Nathan undertakes the investigation and the novel delves deep into the interpersonal connections Nathan has with his family and his son who now lives with his estranged wife in the city, as well as his lingering romantic feelings to Ilse – Cameron’s widow.

    The author does the most fantastic job of describing Outback Australia and paints such a vivid picture that even someone like me who has never visited a single farm can imagine exactly what it would be like to like there. Additionally, the characters are so full of personality and depth that you feel as though you could imagine meeting them in real life. In particular Nathan Bright is an extremely enthralling character.
    This book touches on the darker themes of suicide, family violence, and isolation, but these themes are treated with respect by the author.

    This is the first book I have read by Jane Harper, but I will definitely be looking out for any future novels. I would recommend this book to everyone because I can’t think of anyone who might not enjoy this story. Particularly I think Australian readers would be drawn to this tale.

  42. This is the first book I have read from this author and also one that is not the usual genre I read.
    It is set in the harsh conditions of the Australian outback. It surrounds a family who has lost their brother/son/husband/father to unknown circumstances, pressumed suicide.
    The book seems slow to get through but the author is providing the audience with emence background knowledge. It took me about half way to really feel the urge to finish the story and the end was more than I expected. Loved it by the end.

  43. I loved The Lost Man. I did read the first few chapters trying to connect the characters to her previous two books – I thought it was a continuation… until I didn’t.

    It was a little different to her previous books, and I have to say, I think it is my favourite to date. It was dark, suspenseful, deeply atmospheric, yet realistic and captured the beauty and hardship of living in the bush in Australia,

    Great suspense, good characterisation and overall a fantastic read.

  44. The Lost Man by Jane Harper was the best book I read for 2018. The clarity and description of the outback was amazing as were the descriptions of the characters as they were brought to life.
    The novel tells the story of three brothers in the outback; Nathan, Cameron and Bub; the death of one, the effects on the family and what brought them to this dreadful end. Everyone thinks the death of Cameron is a tragic accident until you learn more about each of the brothers, their lives and what got them to this stage.
    This book is a gripping page turner and I wasn’t even close to guessing the end. Amazing book that brought the desert and station life, to life for me as a reader – especially a reader that lived the life for 10 years.
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan MacMillan for allowing me to read this AMAZING book.

  45. I absolutely loved this book! I was completely absorbed by it from the opening, and really had trouble putting it down until I reached the end. I have loved both of Jane Harper’s previous books, particularly The Dry, but I would rate this one even more highly. The Lost Man features different characters, but does include a subtle reference back to The Dry which I thought was cleverly done.

    The characters were all very convincingly written, and I enjoyed the way we gradually learned more about each of them, constantly changing our view of the situation. The landscape is an integral part of the story, and is described so powerfully I could often believe I was there. The book both kept you guessing, with lots of twists, and gave you lots to think about, with the issues the characters faced. I really liked the ending.

    Many thanks to Pan MacMillan and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this fantastic book.

  46. The Australian outback has rules for survival, and everyone who lives there knows them and lives by them if they want to survive. This is the story of one brother who doesn’t come back one day. Cam left his vehicle fully stocked with supplies, his family back at the station, and he went into the desert. Nathan, his brother doesn’t know why.
    Jane Harper has a beautiful ability to take you deep into the Australian outback and make you feel the heat, the loneliness, the isolation, and the harshness of living a life an outback life. She makes it all come alive and you begin to understand the feelings and thoughts experienced by those who live that life everyday. It is also about the way we live our lives and how a person is perceived to be is not always the truth.
    Cameron’s death is then unravelled through the families search for the truth. This is a book about family dramas and is as much about family secrets as it is about a crime investigation.
    Jane Harper has paced the book well and I cannot fault her writing style. I am looking forward to checking out her other books 
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan McMillan for the chance to review this book.

  47. Firstly a big thank you to Beauty and Lace for giving me the opportunity to read this book and also to write this review.

    I have previously read Jane Harpers The Dry, a book that I literally could not put down, giving up precious sleep to read even. It was absolutely brilliant so of course I was looking forward to Lost Man!

    Overall I did greatly enjoy the book, it was slow to begin but build momentum as you became invested in the Bright family and felt their emotions unfold. By the end I couldn’t put it down so just persist, it’s worth it. We live in a constantly stimulating world that if it doesn’t get us first page we can easily be disheartened. This will not leave you like this.

    Harper manages to keep you visually stimulated with her vivid descriptions of the hot sun in the outback setting, Reading it in summer certainly helped too.

    Easy and pleasant to read, with a good undone that’s unpredictable well to me it was anyway.

    I’m hoping there’s a possibility of a sequel? Who knows other than Jane perhaps.

    Not one to give spoilers in reviews but just read it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    Congratulations Jane Harper

  48. Once I started this book it was difficult to stop reading it!
    The author spends time setting the scene in the harsh Australian outback.
    The plot thickens as tensions between the family come to light .
    Not everything is as it seems! The ending may surprise you!
    Thanks to beauty and lace and Macmillan for allowing me to review this wonderful book by Jane Harper.

  49. I’d like to thank Beauty & Lace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to review this wonderful book, the third novel by the talented Jane Harper. Having already read Jane’s previous novels, my expectations were high, and The Lost Man certainly did not disappoint.

    The Lost Man began somewhat slowly, in a way that seemed to mirror the environment that Jane depicted so clearly. I could almost feel the stifling heat and the sense of desolation and isolation, creating an atmosphere of tension and the perfect setting for the novel. Initially, events seemed to be clear-cut – Cameron, the middle of the three Bright brothers was found dead beside The Stockman’s Grave, a lonely landmark in the vast outback setting, having surrendered to the elements. Questions arose, however – why was Cameron at the grave, why was his car found some distance away, still stocked with supplies of food and water, and what role did his state of mind play in his death? As the novel explored the intricacies of its characters, apparent facts were worn away and certainties became less certain. As Nathan, the eldest brother, delved deeply into his family’s secrets, the pace of the novel increased and I found myself having to read “just one more chapter”.

    The Lost Man is a well-written, expertly crafted novel, both in terms of its character exploration and its depiction of the environment. Once again, Jane Harper has delivered a five-star reading experience.

  50. The Lost Man by Jane Harper. What a fantastic read. I took my time turning each page with this book. It’s the kind of story that brings so many emotions through issues that hit home for many, family trauma, history, love and loss. The best thing about this book was more then this though, it was the way it was written. The descriptions of the landscape. I felt like I could feel the heat from the land and the isolation of being so far from anything. Three hours from town, three hours from your local pub.
    A great read that I will be recommending. Thank you Beauty and Lace for giving me the opportunity read this.

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