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: 9780312359324
0312359322
Branch Call Number: FIC HAR
FIC HAR
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 25 cm

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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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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.

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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louisepm
Jan 04, 2011

First book I've read by this author, will certainly be looking for more.

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LosAltosReads
Jun 25, 2010

Stunning plot twists, feints, and a shocking conclusion. This one has it all. Talk about a page turner!

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lpreston214
Sep 18, 2009

Hart's latest continues his run of excellent thrillers. All three have definitely been a cut above many others in the genre.

Well deserved 2010 Edgar Award winner.

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fernwood thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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