Book Review: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

“A choice is only really a choice if there’s a genuine alternative. Otherwise, it’s manipulation and it’s taking advantage.”

Published in 2018, The Lost Man by Jane Harper follows two brothers who meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, at a landmark known as the stockman’s grave. The landmark is 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. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

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Book Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

“The rumors were fed well, and grew fat and solid. They sprouted legs and heads, and they never died.”

Originally published in 2017, The Dry by Jane Harper follows Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk who reluctantly returns to home to the small Australian town of Kiewarra, a farming community in the grip of the worst drought in a century. Falk is loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier, but must make his way back to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, who has been shot along with his wife and child. Forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family, Luke’s death threatens to bring to the surface a secret that Falk and Luke Hadler shared. A secret Falk thought was long buried.

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My 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

Over the past couple of years, I have documented every film that I have watched and reviewed them all using Letterboxd. As a way to motivate myself to read more, I thought I would do the same for what books I have been reading, using Goodreads as a way to set myself a reading challenge every year.

I initially set my target as 25 books this year, but a few things happened that meant I reached this goal quite early on. Firstly, I had a baby, so this meant that I was awake at silly hours with plenty of time to read. Then, there was lockdown. Because of lockdown, I decided to join Bookstagram and NetGalley and get more serious about reviewing books. So now, instead of reading two books at most a month, I’ve been reading up to ten.

I upped my goal to 60 around halfway through the year, and still managed to pass that by reaching 74 books. This year has really rekindled my love of books, and I can’t wait to start 2021 with this new passion.

Here’s how my 2020 challenge went:

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Book Review: The Survivors by Jane Harper

“People can act badly when they don’t know how to react to something. That’s true for everyone, but men in particular can very quickly find themselves in places they don’t want to be.”

Set to be released on 21st January 2021, The Survivors by Jane Harper is set in Evelyn Bay, a small coastal community in Tasmania, and sees Kieran Elliott returns to his home town with his young family. Twelve years ago, his life changed forever when a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences, resulting in the death of his brother, Finn. Now, the guilt that still haunts him and his parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Then when a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…

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