Rarely has the Australian outback been brought so vividly to life….The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

June 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

  Jane Harper is a relatively new author; The Lost Man is her third book. She’s been getting consistently favorable reviews, which is why I decided to try this one.

The Bright brothers are  cattle ranchers in Queensland, Australia. Their land is flat, vast, sun baked. There are three brothers: Nathan, Cameron, and Bub. The novel’s prologue reveals that a man has been found dead on a lonely stretch of land that’s well known for having a single gravestone on it.

The name of the man buried beneath had long since vanished, and the landmark was known to locals–all sixty-five of them, plus one hundred thousand head of cattle–simply as the stockman’s grave. That piece of land had never been a cemetery; the stockman had  been put into  the ground where he had died, and in more than a century, no one had joined him.

This is one of the most striking openings I’ve encountered in a novel in a long while. And the rest of the book more than lives up to the promise offered up in this prologue.

I was mesmerized by The Lost Man. I hated to finish it. The ending was just as dramatic as  the beginning; I was held captive by every word in between, as well. Oh, for more reading experiences like this!

Highly recommended, obviously.

I plan to go back and read Jane Harper’s first Two novels, The Dry and Force of Nature.

Jane Harper

2 Comments

  1. starrmark said,

    Good morning,  Roberta, We had dinner with my daughter and son-in-law last night. They are leaving for Queensland tomorrow. Dawn was asking for suggestions for books about Australia. The only one I could think of was Road from Coohrain (Thornbirds isn’t really her style). So this morning I am catching up on Books to the Ceiling and here is.a book about Queensland. I immediately forwarded it to Dawn. BTW, did you ever see the movie Inkheart, based on Funke’s book? As always the book is better, but the movie captured a wonderful image of books everywhere, especially the  stairs, that remind me of Books to the Ceiling. As always, it was good to see you yesterday. Have a good summer! Beth

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