I was ecstatic when the blog tour email for #TheLostMan popped into my inbox from Caolinn at Little Brown, and I gave a little shriek when the postman finally dropped it through my letterbox. Thank you so much for my gifted copy!
‘Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours 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. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.
Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…’
Jane sets the scene tremendously well. She is definitely the kind of writer that draws you into her environment; the dusty outback, and then throws out a corker of a whodunnit / what happened, using well developed characters that keep you guessing.
The story is mostly told from the point of view of Nathan, one of the ‘three brothers’. Nathan has had to deal with a lot over the years, so he is the perfect character for us to see what skills and traits you need to be able to live in such an environment, and how lonely it quite possibly is. Imagine being miles away from your neighbour? Nathan, being of the strong-minded sort, has his doubts as to what really did happen to his brother, Cam. But sometimes perhaps things are best left alone… as secrets begin to unearth themselves.
Jane doesn’t do fast-paced, she is the compelling, slow burner type. The way she gradually reveals her characters, slipping in some eye-opening shockers, makes The Lost Man what it is; a flippin’ good read. The drastic setting is what is at the core of this novel and the way Jane describes the dustiness and unbearable heat, makes the storyline all the more exhilarating.
The Lost Man is about one family and what measures they go to, to justify or excuse something. This is a read you won’t want to miss so get adding it to your bedside table and spend a weekend indulging in what is going to be a massive hit. If you want to feel like you’re inside a book, then Jane’s descriptions makes the visualisation aspect, phenomenal. I felt like I was right there the whole time.
Everything from plotting down to the characterisation is astounding, so get reading! The Lost Man is on tour for a few more days yet, so keep an eye on my twitter whilst I share the love for this book.