The Lost Man by Jane Harper | @janeharperautho @LittleBrownUK @GraceEVincent @caolinndouglas | #TheLostMan

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Lost Man by Jane Harper! My thanks to Caolinn at Little Brown for the invitation to join and for my review copy!

Author : Jane Harper
Title : The Lost Man
Pages : 352
Publisher : Little Brown UK
Publication date: February 7, 2019


Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes three hours’ drive 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, who lies dead at their feet. 

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


You may be familiar with Jane Harper’s Aaron Falk series but The Lost Man is something altogether different, but no less gripping.

When the body of Cameron is found near a landmark, his death raises a number of questions. What was he doing out there? Was he alone? Did the heat and the environment catch him unawares, despite his experience? Did he take his own life? What really happened to Cameron?

The harsh and unforgiving landscape of the Australian outback plays a huge part in this story. It’s almost a character of its own. With its relentless heat and all-encompassing feeling of isolation, this tough life isn’t for the faint-hearted. When there is no one around for miles, the only people you can truly depend on are those closest to you, even if they are three hours’ drive away. But do we ever really know someone?

None of these characters came across as particularly likeable but I blamed that on their way of life and obviously, the death of a loved one. Yet, I still found it quite hard to sympathise with them. However, I did admire their perseverance. It takes a special kind of person to survive this particular set of hardships, I think, and obviously life isn’t a barrel of laughs and there’s little to be happy about.

Bit by bit, the truth about this family is revealed when family secrets that go back decades are discovered. While The Lost Man is relatively slow-paced, it remains compelling throughout as we delve into the intriguing and complex family dynamics. The mystery surrounding Cameron’s death is a gripping one and I couldn’t figure it out at all.

The Lost Man oozes atmosphere from start to finish and is all about family. This character driven story makes for some compelling reading and if Jane Harper wasn’t on your radar yet, she most definitely should be now!

The Lost Man is available to buy!

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Jane Harper is international bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature. Her third book, The Lost Man, will be realised in October 2018.
Jane has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year. 

Her books are published in more than 36 territories worldwide, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. 
Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne.

  10 comments for “The Lost Man by Jane Harper | @janeharperautho @LittleBrownUK @GraceEVincent @caolinndouglas | #TheLostMan

  1. February 7, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I’m afraid I’ll want to move there once I read it. Maybe best not to read it in winter :-). Can I jump in here or should I read the other novels too? Great review darling!

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 7, 2019 at 11:41 am

      You can read this one whenever you want. It’s a stand-alone and has nothing to do with Aaron Falk 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. February 7, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Wonderful review, Eva! I’m reading this now and it’s got me captivated! It’s my first from Harper and I can’t wait to read the rest!


  3. February 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Fab review!


  4. February 7, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Wonderful review! This one is on my to-read list. 😊


  5. February 7, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Atmosphere is definitely the word!


  6. February 7, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Glad to see Harper still includes that atmospheric element!


  7. February 8, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I love when the landscape is its own character!! That guarantees an atmospheric read! I’ve read a few cold climates this year, maybe time for some relentless heat 🤔

    Liked by 1 person

  8. February 10, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Fab review Eva. Sorry I can’t share it! #twitterjailsucks 😕

    Liked by 1 person

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