[Reading] ➯ The Lost Man ➷ Jane Harper – Tkcleaningservices.co.uk

The Lost Man One of my favorite things about reading is when you pick up a book completely on a whim, unencumbered by expectations, having barely skimmed the synopsis, and it s the thrill of leaping without being able to see the ground below you, right before you realize that s called falling.This was one of those times.The Lost Man takes place in the remote Australian outback, where strangers are vanishingly rare, and every soul is known to everyone A silent place consumed by a loneliness so ancient that it never truly leaves such places, where time seldom ventures and from which nothing ever leaves.When Nathan Bright discovers his middle brother Cameron dead by the gravestone of an unknown stockman whose legendary tale lent weight to endless ghost stories the scene penetrates his haze, but it doesn t make any sense why would Cameron stray away from his fully packed Land Cruise under the pitiless sun What was he doing by the stockman s grave The local policeman suggests suicide, but Nathan is incapable of dispelling the sudden cold that settles into him And none of the terrible details could account for the purity of dread that surges through him when his brother s skeletons come tumbling out of the closet Nathan s vision soon takes on a black and white clarity, grim and shocking Cameron is not the man everyone thought he was.But Nathan has his own ghosts dogging his heels For ten years, he had tried to fill the space between himself and his family, but the weight of a heinous mistake he s made a decade before is still dragging at his neck like a yoke A mistake that cost him his son s custody and left him abandoned not only by his community, but by himself, left dim and wandering, waking up alone with the feeling of a dreamless night, empty and unyielding.Cameron s death, it seems, is just another layer of tragedy in a jarring story that s already seen than its fair share Do you think that s true That this place has ghosts That the mothers would hear their lost children in the wind Oh He reached out and took his mum s hand again No He really didn t If that were true, the outback air would howl so loud the dust would never settle It is against the grim backdrop of this reality that The Lost Man gleams so dazzlingly.The Lost Man is a slow paced and immaculately plotted mystery that casts a deep sunk hook that will reel you in This book gathered my attention in a tight fist and distracted me from even the things that distracted me most of the time And although I was far intrigued by the mystery cloaking Nathan s past than I was in the creeping, whipping tendrils of the thriller s action plot, I was never bored and always invested.The Lost Man is less a novel and of an experience one that is pleasant, even beautiful, but often than not, slippery and unaccountably wrong feeling It s exhilarating It s exhausting There is a twist on nearly every page, and there are than 300 pages Secrets meld and fuse and shrink until there is only truth And as every new revelation dawned on me, my shock pivoted in entirely new directions One of the most ingenious aspects of this book is how the author sagely lets the reader follow the trail of bread crumbs and make the connections, which makes for a tremendously rewarding read My initial questions were immediately replaced by new ones, crowding my mind, spinning a thread that wraps around the brain, knotting itself into a noose Life out here is hard We all try to get through the best way we can But trust me, there s not a single person here who isn t lying to themselves about something But even than the variously tragic turns and twists, the novel s strength lies in how it deftly develops location, character, and props in perfect proportion What begins as the story of a brother looking for answers winds up morphing into an affecting portrait of loss and discovery that accumulates in a satisfying crescendo of guilt and redemption Jane Harper intricately weaves together the scattered threads of the slowly evolving mystery while exploring the lives on its peripheries Tangled character histories and perspectives is what really orbits this novel and it s the story s most tortured and most complex character who truly connects.Nathan Bright s story was a constant ache in my throat, like a sob devoid of the grief Nathan is lonely, and at the bottom of everything like dregs in a cup there is no deeper truth in the soul of the red desert than that He d been living in increments of days and weeks, bowed down by guilt beyond his strength, feeling the minutes and hours of his life running through him, as though he were nothing but an hourglass of flesh and bone and that wasn t really living at all.Nathan has made a mistake and for a decade, he dragged that grim burden from place to place His marriage failed, the gorge between him and his son is stretching, gaping open like a slash in fabric He was even barred from ever stepping foot into the town But there is no wound anyone could give Nathan that he had not already given himself and it takes several pages for him to begin believing that he was better than the worst things he s done.Jane Harper writes about Nathan s aloneness and ostracism with a soul baring poignancy, relentlessly tightening the frigid knot of my sympathy for him Throughout the book, I kept wondering how such extraordinary hatred and resentment could be visited upon a man who seemed to be a study in kindness and selflessness When the truth is finally revealed ugly and honest and bloody and a than a little bit terrifying I remember shaking my head, not in denial, but like I was shaking something off I was floored with the feeling of disbelief crashing against evidence Jane Harper doesn t provide a satisfying simple answer Instead, she gives you enough to let you decide for yourself if the past sets in stone the present, or if the sum of all the scraps of our mistakes is than what defines us.At its core, The Lost Man is really about the prides and perils of family, about the joys and aches of parenthood, about redemption and unforgiveness, and I m certain that s what I ll always remember about it There was something about the brutal heat when the sun was high in the sky and he was watching the slow meandering movement of the herds Looking out over the wide open plains and seeing the changing colours in the dust It was the only time when he felt something close to happiness Whatever your jam is fully realized characters, well earned suspense, mind bending twists, romance there is something formidable here for everyone Highly recommended NOW AVAILABLE I had read Ms Harper s previous two books and loved them They were mysteries, and part of the Aaron Falk series This is a stand alone novel and quite different.What I loved about this book was Ms Harper s descriptive writing Here is a sampling of her exquisite descriptions of the Australian outback, telling about how it floods without raining It was a strange sight, even after forty two years, to watch the water rise, silent and stealthy, under a cloudless blue sky The river would lap at its banks, swollen with rain that had fallen days before and a thousand kilometers north When it floods, most of this is under water You can t get over without a boat The houses and the town are all built on high ground, but the road disappears a lot of properties become islands This would, indeed, be a strange phenomenon to behold There are so many beautiful descriptions of what can only be called a brutal place to live, and yet there is beauty there as Ms Harper s words convey There is a legend about the stockman s grave and headstone, supposedly out in the middle of nowhere Not close to a town or anyone s home This is where Cameron s body is found and that is another puzzle to solve Why did Cameron choose to come to this site without any supplies This book was very much about family The Bright family with Liz and her sons, Nathan, Cameron and Bub It is the middle son, Cameron, who is found dead at the beginning of the novel It is a mystery as to why he was found dead apparently from lack of water and food in the unforgiving heat of the outback His car was found miles away fully stocked with supplies Cameron had lived here all of his life, why would he leave his car with all of the supplies and set out on his own, with nothing On questioning the family it becomes apparent that something has been off about Cameron s recent actions and we are left to puzzle out why There is mention of a young woman named Jenna, who had gone to the police when Cameron was only 17, charging him with raping her With the intervention of Cameron s powerful father, the charges were dismissed and the woman and her boyfriend left town Yet she had recently reached out for Cameron s phone number and address, why There are many family secrets which come to light throughout the novel Things went on in Cameron and Ilse s life with their two daughters which were only talked about in hushed tones What indeed had been going on I loved the interaction of Nathan with his son Xander, home for a school holiday Nathan and Xander s relationship grows quite a lot in the novel and it s great to read about their increased understanding of each other.This is still very much a mystery but with lots of familial relationships The only thing a bit different from this book is that I didn t feel the tension of solving the mystery that was present in her first two books This is of a slow burn but a great read ADDENDUM Quote changed on December 5 when I found that I had unknowingly quoted the same passage as another reviewer I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley The book will be published in February of 2019. He used to say the ones who wandered off called the loudest For the rest of their lives, their mums would hear them crying out in the wind Do you think that s true That this place has ghosts That the mothers would hear their lost children in the wind Guys, I m blown away I ve been a colossal fan of Jane Harper since her debut novel The Dry was published, and specifically a massive fan of her series protagonist Aaron Falk Her lush, atmospheric way of writing makes me feel the heat of the Australian outback, and her character driven plots are engaging than any high octane thriller, placing Harper squarely in the ring as one of the finest writers today When I found out that The Lost Man would be a stand alone novel, set apart from her police procedural series, I was a bit anxious due to the fact that I love those novels so much Clearly, I had nothing to be concerned over, as I m tempted to go so far as confirming that this is Harper s best work of fiction to dateDead men didn t talk Nathan must have thought that a hundred times over the years, but as he drove past the grave, the idea slipped slightly, taking on a strange and unfamiliar form It was uncomfortable as it lodged itself in the darkest corner of his mind One of the most appealing aspects of The Lost Man is how it takes a traditional genre and puts the author s unique flair on the subject If you ve spent any time in the world of crime fiction, then you have likely read your fair share of police procedurals and may have even grown weary of their repetitive, familiar behavior Here, Harper has inserted an amateur detective, the murder victim s brother, and made it read in a believable manner that feels neither contrived nor overdone As we follow Nathan s journey in determining if his brother Cam was murdered or committed suicide, there are no fancy tricks or improbable action sequences where we shake our heads thinking, No amateur would be able to pull that offSometimes, the space almost seemed to call to Nathan Like a faint heartbeat, insistent and persuasive Life out here is hard We all try to get through the best way we can But trust me, there s not a single person here who isn t lying to themselves about something Is this a book that will shock you with unexpected twists and floor you with its unpredictable plot Probably not As someone who has read twisty psychological thrillers than I can count, I m finding it beyond difficult to pick up one of those that actually surprises me, or entertains me any The Lost Man isn t that type of read though this is a timeless tale of family dynamics, all too familiar abuse, and perhaps a small enough cast that you will possibly guess the final outcome before the reveal Let it be known, however, that I did NOT have it all nailed down before then. This is the beauty of the book though it s a small enough cast that your suspicion is cast upon everyone, and as the story progresses between past and present, the reader is brought to an emotional climax after a tense journey alongside of Nathan and his family The excellence is in Harper s style of writing, her ability to captivate the reader, and talented way of transporting us to a place we may never have a chance to visit in person in our lifetime If you enjoy emotionally charged, character driven stories, please do yourself a favor and pick this one up the second it lands in your hands I feel privileged to have found one of my Top Ten reads of 2019 in the first month of the year, but I ll be thinking about this gem of a novel for a considerable amount of timeI received a review copy via the publisher. Slow, but worthwhile The Lost Man is a character study about the Bright brothers Nathan, Cameron, and Bub who live in the Australian outback When Cameron, whom the family considered to be the golden child, is found dead by the legendary stockman s grave, everyone s at a loss in the small outback community in which they live Cameron was loved by all and seemed to have the perfect life and family His death doesn t make sense His older brother Nathan tries to figure out what led to his brother s death Was it suicide Murder Nathan is the narrator He is the oldest child and also the black sheep of the family Having lived in near exile from the last 10 years, Nathan s relationship with Cam was on shaky ground towards the end With his son Xander in tow, he begins to look for clues around the family farm trying to uncover the secrets behind the brother he barely knew The Bright family is good at keeping secrets and pretending not to see what s really going on The three boys grew up in a tumultuous household and have been deeply impacted by the events of their childhood.Even though The Lost Man is primarily about the Bright brothers, female characters play a pivotal role While they might be dutifully standing by in the background, their power lies in observation and quiet intelligence The Lost Man is extremely slow paced I started it twice before and wound up pushing it to the side for other books This time, I picked it up and once again I struggled with the pacing However, I forced myself to keep on reading and I am so thankful that I did If you are not a fan of books that move at an extremely slow pace, then this book will probably not work for you The pace does pick up as the novel progresses and and tidbits are revealed about the fascinating Bright family Harper s writing makes this a worthwhile read She transported me to the brutal conditions of the outback I could feel the heat emanating from the pages The characters are complex and compelling The mystery behind Cam s death is interesting, but the development of Nathan s character takes center stage and held my interest Overall, The Lost Man is a subtle, multilayered read filled with nuance and secrets that slowly unfold, leading to a startling conclusion I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. Jane Harper shifts direction with her third novel, less crime novel, a character driven mystery and family drama What has not changed is her ability to write an utterly gripping story set in the intensely searing heat of the Australian outback, and the depiction of small town life with its claustrophobia, marked with its unforgiving and judgmental attitudes Two brothers, Nathan and Bub meet at the legendary stockman s headstone, in the middle of nowhere where the body of their brother, Cameron is found Why is his vehicle with its necessary supplies found parked amidst rocks some distance away Nathan is with his son, Xander, who normally lives in Brisbane with his ex wife, Jacqui, now remarried Nathan has missed most of his son s growing up years after bitter and acrimonious custody battles He runs his own farm, but his status as town pariah for many years has resulted in him living alone, barely seeing anyone, struggling and drowning in a quagmire of financial debt He has hardly been in touch with his family, whose family farm was run by Cameron Christmas is coming, Cameron s funeral has to be planned as the police have decided his death merits no investigation, given that Cameron had been troubled for a while, likely committing suicide Nathan and Xander stay at the family home, with his grieving mother, Uncle Harry, Bub, and Ilse, Cameron s wife, and their two daughters, Lo and Sophie Nathan, helped by Xander, wants to get to the bottom of Cameron s death, and finds there are secrets and so much he was unaware of He finds himself sifting through the past, dysfunctional family history, mental health issues and abuse in its many varied forms.I loved this novel from Harper even than her others, I think she is developing into an even better writer She is an expert when it comes to conveying the outback, the deadly scorching heat, the dust storms, the remoteness, how the heat and isolation takes it toll on its inhabitants and its unspoken rules such as you must help anyone in trouble It has a beauty and a hold on those who know no other home as we can see with Nathan s inner connection with it that outsiders just do not get Harper s characterisation has you investing in her compelling storytelling and her coverage of the dynamics of family life Nathan understands the principles underlying the Bright family, don t tell anyone, not even each other and the single ingrained truth, he was on his own The vastness of the outback and lack of close neighbours means family issues fail to be addressed from external agencies This is a brilliantly entertaining read revolving around a family drama I cannot wait to see where Jane Harper goes next as I eagerly anticipate her next book Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC. 4.5 Stars rounded up A Character Driven Novel to be Cherished Extremely Thought Provoking Living is hard in Queensland The dry, the heat, the financial hardship and the inability to make a living Families attempt to live off the land, raising cattle, red dust swirling all around them Most eventually leave and truthfully, few survive.The Bright brothers grew up in a time of struggle Nathan, a divorced dad to Xander, is the eldest son, who was shunned from town when he was young Cameron, the middle son, is married with two children, and is also a very successful rancher and businessman and Bub the youngest, has always felt like an outsider.When Cameron s body is found at the Stockman s Grave, it seems unfathomable Did Cam take his own life or did someone end it If so, was it stranger or someone close to him For me, The Lost Man isn t a suspense or a mystery novel, even though it begins with the death of Cameron Bright It is a slow moving yet fascinating character study of a family in turmoil My favorite characters are Nathan and his son, Xander Every thought and action they take in this book are sheer perfection Xander is extremely observant and is also wise beyond his years and as for Nathan, he just about broke my heart.There are many questions that swirl around in The Lost Man by Jane Harper What is survival about In addition, what makes a life Thinking about these answers, my heart is heavy The Lost Man is such a thought provoking book This was my first read by Jane Harper Going into it, I was expecting it to be completely different I was therefore pleasantly surprised as I love character driven novels and the character of Nathan made a huge impression This is a book to savor, to think about for hours and days after and just revel in the beauty of This was a buddy read with Kaceey it garnered much discussion I think this would be a fantastic book for a book club discussion and I highly recommend this novel A huge thank you to Cathleen Kenney, Flatiron Books, NetGalley and Jane Harper for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 12.28.18 Will be published on and Twitter on release date of 2.5.18. CRACK That is the sound of Jane Harper hitting it out of the ball park yet again I swear she keeps getting better and better This is my favorite of her books to date.The outback in Queensland The sun is hot and unrelenting It s a harsh climate which makes it hard to earn a living Nathan, Cameron and Bub are three brothers trying to make a living in the Outback Nathan is a divorced lonely man who lives by himself and rarely gets to see his teenage son, Xander He has been shunned by the town for an incident which happened years ago He is trying to survive on land which makes it hard to make a living Cameron is the middle brother, the popular one He is a married man with two daughters He is liked and respected in the community Bub is the youngest and keeps to himself He feels like the outsider in the family Not really fitting in, always in his older brothers shadows He has plans for his life and wants to do his own thing When Cameron s body has been found at the infamous Stockman s grave everyone is shocked Cameron has been acting as if something has been bothering him lately What was troubling him Why would he have been at Stockman s grave He was supposed to be meeting his brother, Bub Did he take his own life Why Why leave a fully stocked car and walk away The Lost Man follows this family as the cope with Cameron s loss and prepare for his funeral I found the title to be very apt as it could apply to each brother in some way Of course, there is the mystery about Cameron and his death, but this book is also about family, healing, loneliness, relationships, choices, missed opportunities, and starting over.Harper had me from page one and I was thoroughly captivated by this stand alone novel The writing is descriptive and vivid Who couldn t visual that dusty red clay, the scorching son, or feel the heat while reading this book Fabulous storytelling Highly recommend 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 Queensland, They Are Each Other S Nearest Neighbor, Their Homes Four Hours Drive ApartThe Third Brother Lies Dead At Their FeetSomething 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 Than One Among Them Is At Risk Of Crumbling As The Weight Of Isolation Bears Down On Them AllDark, 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 He couldn t simply leave, for a lot of reasons Financial Practical And not least because sometimes, quite a lot of the time, he felt connected to the outback in a way that he loved There was something about the brutal heat, when the sun was high in the sky and he was watching the slow meandering movement of the herds Looking out over the wide open plains and seeing the changing colors It was the only time he felt something close to happiness I rarely start my reviews with a quote, but I wanted to share this description It is descriptions like that one that pulled me into the story, let me feel as if I were truly there instead of simply reading and observing This takes true talent, a talent that based on the three novels of hers I have read, this author has in spades A stand alone, a story of a family who own a large cattle ststion in the outback Three grown sons and various other family members as well as workers When the middle brother is found dead by the stockman s grave, a suicide is suspected as he week knew never to go far away from his supplies, the heat a definite killer The stockman s grave out in the middle of nowhere, a grave that has many urban legends attached So we enter the life of this family, their secrets, past acts and grievances, things seen but not apparent nor questionable at the time There is much tension simmering under the surface, and this death will bring all to the surface.The death is only the background, the family and their relationships, past misdeeds and abuses, at the forefront A story that even those who do not read mysteries will enjoy A setting that is beautifully described and prose where not a word is wasted A family that has suffered much but still remain together Although different from her previous two novels, I think this one is my favorite, it is so realistically portrayed Now I have to wait impatiently for her next.ARC from Netgalley. The Lost Man by Jane Harper is a 2019 Flatiron publication Riveting Jane Harper s descriptive depictions of the Queensland scenery, places the reader smack dab into its harsh atmosphere, helping to create a dark and moody mystery, crackling with unbearable suspense The Stockman grave, a landmark with a storied legend behind it is the scene of the shocking death of Cameron, the middle son of the Bright family The rumor is that Cameron, who had been behaving strangely, as of late, may have deliberately caused his own death Cameron s family, which includes his two brothers, Nathan and Bub, his widow, and their two young daughters, must decide what the future holds for each of them, now that Cameron is gone.Nathan is grappling with a terrible deed from his past, which resulted in his becoming an outcast in the community, exiling him to a lonely existence, except for the occasional visit from his teenage son, Xander Bub is the youngest brother, struggling to find his own niche, and resentful of his brothers, wishing he could break free and live his own life away from the family business But, as the story deepens, questions continue to linger regarding Cameron s death What had been troubling him lately Why had he been so on edge Did he really commit suicide As the secrets slowly reveal themselves, a portrait of a family steeped in regrets, longing and misunderstanding, begins to emerge one that is packed with horrible, stunning, and heartbreaking revelations While this is a very deep mystery, it is also a complex family drama so compelling and achingly painful, the book is almost impossible to put down Harper outdid herself with this one Highly recommend All the stars


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