Book Review: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge Prompt:  A book about a family TW: Mentions of sexual assault, domestic abuse I wasn'...

Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge Prompt: A book about a family

TW: Mentions of sexual assault, domestic abuse

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading The Lost Man. I've discussed before that I rarely read novel synopses, as I feel they often share a little too much information. I did read the synopsis once I was quite far into the novel, and I think it's safe to say it's a fairly clear overview that doesn't giveaway too much. One thing I didn't realize when I started reading was the Australian setting, so when they began talking about how terrible the 45 degree weather was, I was certainly confused. So note - it's set in the outback.

The story focuses on brothers Nathan and Bub, who find their third brother - Cameron - dead in the outback desert right on an urban legend's grave marker. The death is unexplained and mysterious, but foul-play doesn't seem to be involved. So what happened to the brother that was so loved by the community? 

This book was fantastically written. Harper's story-telling is amazing. I truly loved the different parallels within the different characters' stories, the development was really well thought out, and even the tiniest details were considered throughout the novel.

"...a choice is only really a choice if there's a genuine alternative. Otherwise it's manipulation and it's taking advantage." - Jane Harper, The Lost Man

I would definitely consider this novel to be a slow-burn. If you're looking for a fast-paced, twisty thriller - this probably isn't the one for you. But if you're looking for a thriller that envelopes you into the lives of its characters, makes you forget you're reading a thriller, and then pops in for a final trick - oh boy, gee whiz, this is the one you're looking for.

I can't get deep into the novel without revealing any of its secrets, but it's one I really enjoyed. It did take me a few chapters to get into the book. I was unfamiliar with the setting and much of the Australian slang, but once I understood a bit better, it was a truly wonderful read. I will say there were some pieces that felt dramatic to me that were brushed off by the characters nonchalantly, which seemed weird. The angst and grief in the story seemed unlasting, especially since the novel is set in a timeline of only about a week. So, I think overall, the timeline for mourning and building trust happened a little too quickly to be realistic, but it is a novel after all.

I will say - I would highly recommend this one and I look forward to reading more from Harper.

Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆

The Lost Man will be out February 5, 2019.

*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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