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Book Review: The Lost Man by Jane Harper #AWW2019

The Lost Man is the latest book by Jane Harper and a standalone novel. Set in outback Queensland, it starts with two brothers, Nathan and Bub, meeting at the border of their vast property to find the body of their middle brother, Cameron. However, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of struggle. Did Cameron walk to his own death? Or was it something more sinister? What was troubling him in the weeks leading up to this?

This book is slow to start and being a standalone, does not feature the characters from Harper’s previous two novels. Once you get into the book though, she keeps you guessing and wanting so much more. The landscape is a character on its own – brutal, unforgiving, yet, held in awe. The book is as much character-driven as it is plot-driver. It focussed particularly on the three brothers, uncovering their personalities along with their secrets. Harper goes back and forth between past and present, thereby keeping the reader hooked. Like any good crime author, she keeps you guessing till the very end. Additionally, she also manages to explore important issues in society through this story and her characters.

I loved this book so much! Yes, it took a little while to get into, but once I got into the heads of the characters, there was no turning back and no putting down. The characters are all flawed which is how I like them to be. I had really enjoyed The Dry but I think The Lost Man has to be my favourite of her novels so far. The review isn’t too detailed because it’s hard to explain it fully without giving away too much. But if you like your crime fiction, you absolutely must read this book!

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***Read and reviewed for the 2019 Aussie Author Challenge and the 2019 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge***

Until next time,

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  • Shalzmojo
    5 August 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I marvel at the crime writers as they have to work doubly hard at sustaining interest of their readers. The plot can fall flat on its face or the characters dont read true – there is a lot of work involved there. So its heartening to see a 5 star rating by you on this book – ok added it to my TBR for now.
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  • Adelaide Dupont
    6 August 2019 at 8:33 am


    I’ve read THE LOST MAN too. I believe I read it in early September or in mid-November 2018.

    And the characters do read true – both the central characters and the ones on the periphery.

    Yes – issues like isolation and loneliness and what happens when families break down and don’t have support – also child and spousal abuse.
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
    6 August 2019 at 7:55 pm

    A slow pace in the beginning makes it a real toughie to keep on reading. Any caution about the same and the promise of the story picking up later is helpful for a potential reader. Going by your review and the rating, this book appears to be a good read.
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  • Soumya
    6 August 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Stop making me buy more books! This one looks so tempting but I just bought half a dozen books this months!

    This one will have to wait on my TBR until then.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      6 August 2019 at 10:32 pm

      ? that’s what I tell book bloggers and bookstagrammars!