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The Last Child
by John Hart

Published: 2010-03-09
Paperback : 432 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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by tcrowl (see profile) 05/31/18

 
  "The Last Child"by bsallena (see profile) 06/22/17

This mystery had many twists and kept you guessing (especially the ending.) Our club enjoyed this book.

 
by Kangland (see profile) 06/15/17

 
  "Good mystery"by cgolden (see profile) 10/04/13

Everyone enjoyed the book, and thought the writing was good. Living in NC and the setting of the book being in NC made it fun to read. Ending was somewhat disappointing.

 
  "A 13-Year-Old's Seaerch for His Sister"by ebach (see profile) 09/01/11

A 13-year-old boy, Johnny, and his friend, Jack, search for Johnny's twin sister, Alyssa, a year after she has gone missing, after everyone else, it seems, has given up. "It seems" because t... (read more)

 
  "A fast read!"by clsteedman (see profile) 04/14/11

I read this book in a weekend and enjoyed it! I never had a clue what the end would be until I got there! Really enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading other work by this author!

 
  "Adventurous and mysterious"by tkruss (see profile) 03/24/11

An easy read with many twists and turns. A mysterious adventure with a little detective work on the side.

 
  "the last child"by emptynester (see profile) 03/10/11

Everybody in the group loved it. We loved all of the twist and turns the author wrote about. Recommend this book. It was a page turner

 
  "A Great Thriller"by JustMe (see profile) 02/28/11

This book drew me in right away, and all the surprises kept me hooked until the very end.There were twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. Character development was outstanding.I thought... (read more)

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