The Last Child, a Novel by John Hart

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Johnny Merrimon was twelve when his twin sister disappeared. Now, one year later, she is resumed dead. His mother is devastated, his father gone, and life will never be the same. But Johnny has a map, a bike, and a plan. He’s going to find his sister, even if he has to track down every dangerous character in the county—a do-or-die mission that troubles police detective Clyde Hunt. He’s also been searching for Johnny’s sister, and he knows to what dark places a case like this can lead. But even Hunt Can’t imagine how far Johnny will go to learn the truth—or what he will find when he gets there.

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award (Edgar Award) in 2010, for best novel.
The Last Child, by John Hart
© Copyright 2009 by John Hart
Published by Minotaur Books
Genre: Mystery > Thriller > Crime

If you’ve read “The Client”, by John Grisham, you’ll love this book. It has a similar pace and feel, but with a darker story line. What I liked most, though, was that “The Last Child” read like a movie. It went from one scene to the next with a strong, steady flow from cover-to-cover. The only problem with that was it made it a very hard book to put down. I lost some sleep with this one.

It’s a disturbing and all-too-real of a tale. One that touches on the darker side of our world, one so real and disturbing that very few people dare to think about it, myself included. The truth of the matter is, monsters do exist. Not the ones that I prefer; the ones with razor sharp fangs or talons or wings. These monsters look just like you and me. These are the monsters that Johnny Merrimon is hunting.

This story isn’t like my previous review of “Billy“, but it was the only good recommendation that came from the Amazon purchase. Despite the fact that it deals with similar monsters, “The Last Child” actually makes you want to keep reading. It fills you up with hope and excitement, with a slight undertone of dread that hangs over you from beginning-to-end. While the subject matter is disturbing, it’s done in such a way that you feel good is being done, justice is being sought, and our heroes are going to win.

But do they? If you haven’t read “The Last Child”, you’ll have to pick up a copy to find out.

More importantly, if you’ve read the book and loved it, just like I did, you’ll be pleased to find out that John Hart is writing a sequel!

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