The annual Jane Harper book review is becoming a bit of a tradition on my blog and I’m happy to report that 2019 is absolutely no exception to this. Where 2017 brought a review of The Dryand 2018 was the year of Force of Nature, 2019 is all about The Lost Man and I was more than excited to get on board for this year’s Blog Tour.
The Lost Man follows two brothers who have found themselves separated for the duration of their adult life by a significant distance. When their third brother – the middle brother, Cameron, is found to have died in tragic circumstances, the two brothers meet and suddenly, their brother’s death is drowned in suspiciousness and there’s a feeling in the air that something isn’t quite right about it all… Nathan, one of the brothers, refuses to believe the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death and sets about finding out the truth about what happened to his brother.
I must admit that I was very disappointed to find out that Aaron Falk wasn’t going to be appearing in this book – I had grown rather attached to his character and was dying to find out more about him and where the next mysterious event would take him. I think it’s fair to say that that was the general consensus with most fans of Jane Harper – we’re all oddly attached to Aaron and a book without him in it seemed odd. In spite of this, I actually found myself loving The Lost Man – I loved the amount of description given to the reader; Jane truly brought the Australian landscape to life in a way that I had never really been able to envision it, having never actually visited there myself.
The story touched on some pretty horrendous themes – domestic violence and sexual assault, for starters- but in spite of this the story has a strangely familial feel to it. This may seem apparent, based on the fact that it’s about brothers and their relationship through the generations- but the focus on how pain can last a lifetime and be passed through generations, if it is not spoken about and uncovered, ran deep within me. At the end of the day, we are reminded of the fact that this is in fact a mystery and we are left questioning everything and anything. Do we find out what happened to Cameron Bright? Was his death an accident? Did he take his own life?
You’ll have to read it to find out for yourself.