The Last Child

The Last Child

Book - 2009
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Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

John Hart's New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies , announced the arrival of a major talent. With Down River , he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, with The Last Child , he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he'd been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing . . .

Undeterred by Hunt's threats or his mother's pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.

Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, The Last Child leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780312642365
0312642369
Characteristics: 419 p. ;,22 cm.

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wmtlady
Dec 02, 2018

This is an excellent murder mystery by one of my favorite fiction writers whom I consider to be one of the best of my time. I just read it for the 2nd time because I learned AFTER reading (2018) "The Hush" by John Hart that "The Last Child" ((2009) was part I of the Johnny Merrimon story but the publisher delayed the sequel's publication.(???) SO--if you are new to John Hart or haven't read either of these books, do yourself a favor and read this book first and then "The Hush".

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deepgreenbooks
Mar 14, 2018

A well written fast paced book. A surprise ending that doesn't quite pull it off. Nonetheless, a complex, believable story.

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mova
Mar 07, 2018

John Hart is such a good writer of suspense!!! So many twists that made putting it down pretty much impossible!

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mjk236sb
Sep 16, 2017

This is a very good book - second of his that I have read and I plan to read the rest. This was a well developed mystery that unraveled until the very last page. Twists that you would never of thought of - with interesting characters that you have never met in other books. This is truly one of those books that will get you so deeply involved with that you WILL NOT PUT it down until you reach the last page.

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Mothercat
Mar 03, 2014

Really enjoyed this book, first time I've read this author, so I'll be looking out for more. Some nice twists and turns as the story progressed, good read.

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Bradbury
Aug 06, 2013

First time reading this author and hopefully not the last time. Found it to be quite riveting. Five stars from me.

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mew7958
Jun 25, 2012

This is the third book I've read by John Hart. They just keep getting better and better. Much easier to read than his first book, everything seemed to flow much better and the characters were believable. I am looking forward to reading his fourth book also (on hold).

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KatrinaP
Mar 18, 2012

I can't even remember how I found out about this book. Certainly not my usual fare and I opened it up with pretty low expectations. Wow, I will be reading more by John Hart. The reader runs the gamut of emotions and the plot is twisty, turny and keeps you turning the page. Doesn't happen often that I'm unable to guess the ending of a book, but certainly happened here.

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medgley
Dec 28, 2011

Fantastic book, could not put it down!

fernwood Jan 22, 2011

Good mystery. Very different ending. My husband didn't like it but I loved the ending. It is gritty. There is violence which I am not a big fan of. I like the redemption element and spirituality of the ending. It is a quirky ending.

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fernwood thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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