The Lost Man
Jane Harper
Contributed by Greta Venegas
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Chapter 1

The chapter begins with Nathan and Bub driving to the graveyard where they had been informed on the radio that their brother, Cameron, had been fou...

Chapter 2

Nathan’s son, Xander, questions him about what exactly happened to Cameron. Although he is tempted to ask his father more questions, Nathan tells...

Chapter 3

Nathan, Xander, and Bub are joined by Steve Fitzgerald, a nurse working for the town. Sergeant Ludlow, a new police officer, brought in from a diff...

Chapter 4

Ludlow takes photos of the scene and subsequently drives off with Nathan and Xander. Bub remains behind with Steve, placing soil samples into the c...

Chapter 5

Ludlow locks Cameron’s Land Cruiser, hands Nathan the keys, and informs him that Sergeant Glenn will inspect the scene the following day. The tri...

Chapter 6

Cameron’s dog, Duffy, nuzzles Nathan’s foot, which makes him remember the death of his own dog, Kelly. At the house, Nathan meets Simon and Kat...

Chapter 7

Harry invites Ilse in, and she joins them at the table. Katy offers her a plate of food. Nathan remembers the first time he saw Ilse in Cameron’s...

Chapter 8

After dinner, Simon helps Katy with the dishes, while Nathan heads down to the cool room to grab a beer and check the storeroom, making sure it was...

Chapter 9

In the morning, Nathan, Bub, and Xander all get into Harry’s car to go meet with Glenn, who they hope would shed more light on Cameron’s death....

Chapter 10

Nathan recalls his interaction with Ilse nine years ago, revealing that they had a short affair before he was banned from the town. While driving b...

Chapter 11

As Nathan watches Bub and Harry stand over the stockman’s grave, he recalls the incident that led him to leave town. Nine years ago, during the d...

Chapter 12

After getting back, Xander heads for the house while Nathan goes to speak to Liz who is sitting under the tree by her late husband’s grave. They ...

Chapter 13

Back at the house, Nathan questions Bub about urinating on their father’s grave, which he says was because the man was abusive and did not care a...

Chapter 14

Nathan, Bub, and Xander leave after dawn for Lehmann’s Hill after collecting the mast repair instructions from Cameron’s car. Xander curiously ...

Chapter 15

After some time, Carl Bright, Nathan’s father, received a call from the police station about the party and was furious. Jenna’s boyfriend had f...

Chapter 16

After driving for an hour, Nathan and Xander get a flat tire, which Nathan fixes and subsequently drive back to the family house. Nathan finds Soph...

Chapter 17

Nathan sits on the porch with a guitar and plays a song he originally wrote for Ilse. Sophie joins him and suggests he names the song ‘Sunshine...

Chapter 18

Nathan heads back to the house to look for his son but finds Xander’s room empty. Instead, he discovers a half-read book on the bed, a gift from ...

Chapter 19

As Nathan steps outside to see where the noise was coming from, he finds Xander in the garage and realizes that he was the one who had been causing...

Chapter 20

The next day, Nathan informs Xander that he will ask Ilse about the note that they found in the garage. Simon later tells him that Ilse went out fo...

Chapter 21

Ilse needs help with a calf that had got itself tangled in fence wire. Nathan writes where they are going in the logbook before looking back at Sim...

Chapter 22

Nathan and Ilse barely speak on their way back, but suggests that she should tell Glenn that Cameron tried to call Jenna. She informs him that she ...

Chapter 23

Nathan examines Cameron’s painting of the stockman’s grave in the living room. Nathan sees a streak of gray paint on Cameron’s art that appea...

Chapter 24

In the morning, Nathan calls Dave and asks him whether he had seen anything unusual that Thursday as he drove to Atherton, to which Dave informs th...

Chapter 25

Ilse is standing at the grave, carrying a black bag; but Nathan could not see what it contained. He only noticed her retrieving something from it, ...

Chapter 26

Nathan leaves the stockman’s grave and heads to the farm, where he finds Cameron’s final resting place already dug up in preparation for the fu...

Chapter 27

Nathan heads to Xander’s room and updates him about the experiment he did with the flagpoles. Despite his attempts to ask his son for forgiveness...

Chapter 28

Nathan wakes up, changes into his father’s old suit, which fits surprisingly well, and makes his way to the living room. He stares at Cameron’s...

Chapter 29

Despite the heat, the house was full of visitors who came to pay their respects. The guests glance at Cameron’s painting, while not paying too mu...

Chapter 30

While standing in the hallway, Liz asks Nathan whether the people who had gathered in the house have left. She pleads with Nathan to book an appoin...

Chapter 31

Nathan finds Steve in the living room, grabs his arm and leads him out to the verandah where they could talk in peace. Nathan asks him what happene...

Chapter 32

According to Nathan’s recollection of the events that had taken place after Cameron was accused of raping Jenna, their father had left the house ...

Chapter 33

As Nathan sits on the porch playing Sophie’s guitar, Ilse joins him with two beers in hand. She asks him to speak to Bub to sort things out, hopi...

Chapter 34

Nathan and Ilse head to the driveway, where they end up having sex and later discussing the events that had taken place on the farm before Cameron...

Chapter 35

Nathan suggests that a dingo could have dug up the envelope and dropped it somewhere else; but they are both still unsure about what actually happe...

Chapter 36

Nathan heads to Cameron’s car with Duffy, Cameron’s dog, and starts searching the vehicle for the envelope, but finds nothing. Bub shows up, ge...

Chapter 37

On the verandah, Nathan helps Sophie practice her guitar while Lo paints another picture. Xander hands Nathan a piece of paper with his school sche...

Chapter 38

Liz approaches Nathan and snatches the envelope from him. He follows her out to Cameron’s grave where Liz tells Nathan that she had found Cameron...

Chapter 39

Liz admits that she was the one who moved Cameron’s car about nine kilometers to ensure that no one would suspect her. She also did not know what...

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