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The Last Child - John Hart
The Last Child
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Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best NovelJohn 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... show more
Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best NovelJohn 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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312359324 (0312359322)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 373
Edition language: English
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Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
5.0 The Last Child
Think Sling Blade meets Mystic River with a touch of A Prayer for Owen Meany. All three are among my favorite movies/books, respectively, but The Last Child made my concurrent reading about the Armenian Genocide feel uplifting by comparison.
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
5.0 The Last Child
Great murder mystery. New favorite author. Done in 3 days.
pam
pam rated it
1.0 The Last Child
I have to start by saying that I could not even finish this one. I started the book on July 24 and today is August 6 and I was only able to get through 175 of 350 pages. I simply did not care about ANY of the charaacters. There is a missing 12 year old girl, her twin brother, her mother who hooke...
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5.0 The Last Child
What a captivating story! I started this book yesterday, and found that I couldn't put it down until it was finished. The storyline was well thought out and had a few twists and turns that I couldn't figure out. The characters were very well developed and had depth and a nice sense of realism.This h...
megancsparks
megancsparks rated it
Basically the plot of this book is: there's a lot of crazy stuff going on in this town, and let's see how much this 13-year-old kid and jaded detective can stir up before we come to some kind of satisfactory resolution. In this town, every kid is scrappy and hates his dad, the library still uses a c...
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