The Lost Man
By Jane Harper
One hot day in a remote part of Australia, Cameron Bright is discovered dead, miles away from his car and supplies, apparently from dehydration. Cam’s death is considered an unfortunate accident; no foul play is found. Cameron leaves behind two brothers, a wife and two daughters, and a cattle ranch.
As Nathan returns home to help after his brother’s death, his brother’s death leaves him feeling unsettled. Something about it just doesn’t add up. And everyone at the family home seems to be hiding something. Was Cam’s death really an accident? Or is there something else going on that the family homestead that led to it?
Review: The Lost Man isn’t your typical mystery/suspense novel. It’s subtle, with the details being very slowly drawn out. It’s not action-packed. There’s not really any “bad guys” in this book. Rather, the mystery reveals itself as the family struggling to get to know one another, to trust one another, after some years of tense and sometimes difficult times.
The characters were engaging – some more likable than others – but I appreciated seeing some of the struggles that a person goes through. How much of your own and suffering would you share with your family? With strangers? How does living in the remote Australian outback affect your life and your character?
This was really a fantastic read. It started off a bit slow, but before long, I was engrossed in the story and characters, not wanting to put it down. If you enjoy mystery and suspense novels or just plan fiction novels.