11 Hours 3 Mins | Macmillan Audio | Mystery/Thriller | 2/05/2019
I devoured Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty a few years ago and have been on the lookout for a book with similar vibes ever since. I picked up this Australia-set thriller after Anne Bogel recommended it on the What Should I Read Next podcast. The book opens with two Bright brothers meeting in the middle of the Australian Outback over the body of their middle brother. We then follow Nathan Bright as he tries to piece together what lead to his brother’s mysterious death.
This is one of those slow atmospheric thrillers where secrets are quietly revealed until the truth comes out. I haven’t read much in this genre but once I understood the structure, I found this to be an intense and emotional read.
I was absolutely fascinated by the Outback setting and learning all the precautions people have to take to survive. They are isolated from pretty much everything and have to be prepared for the worse. Let me tell you; it wouldn’t be me.
The audiobook is narrated by Stephen Shanahan, he goes all-in during his dialogue and is a great narrator. While I liked hearing the Australian accent it was sometimes hard for me to understand as an American listener. I had to keep this one at 1x.
The Lost Man is a standalone, but the rest of Harper’s book are in the Aaron Falk series…which was just adapted into a movie. I want to go back and check these out!
I’m still not sure how to review thrillers without spoilers but…there is a lot of of violence against women. Is that just a common thing in the Grip-lit/thriller genre?
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