I loved this book. The plot twists and turns through the life of Johnny Merrimon. You like him and want to do all you can to help him on his mission of finding his twin sister. It's one of those books that keeps you looking in one direction and while weaving the true plot in the background -personally those are my favorite kinds. The language is wonderful, almost poetic at times. I've not read Hart's other books, but they are on my list now. I'm a huge fan.
This book is a must read. In fact, once you start reading, you will have a very difficult time putting it down. There is a reason why it was on the NYT best seller list. There are surprises throughout the book. Great thriller even for those that are faint of heart. Well written with several subplots that keep the reader wanting more.
Wow. I LOVED this. An edge-of-your-seat, absolutely riveting mystery. He is the rare writer whose talent actually progresses with each novel. This intricate mystery is his best work so far - with a heart-wrenching and yet beautiful story. It was truly wonderful. I can't wait to read what he publishes next!
Excellent! Very involving story, great characters, excellent suspense, well-plotted and moves right along. There were several passages that had me bowing my head over the book, murmuring "Oh, nooo!" Definitely recommended, and I will absolutely read this author again!
This book is the best piece of fiction I've red in a very long time. It kept me hooked all the way through--not an easy task. It's well written, suspenseful and original. I totally enjoyed it and would recommend it to all!
an excellent mystery/thriller read. It begins as a simple story when a boy's twin sister disappears. Cast into grief,, his mother depressed and addicted to drugs. Johnny Merrimon hates the man who introduced drugs to her and wishes that man were gone. His heart's desire is to find his missing sister and return her to his mother. In addition, his father has vanished. The mother believes that he has abandoned them. As Johnny searches for his sister, the detective who worked the case of his missing twin, fears for his safety. The story is complex as the police, under the direction of Clyde Hunt who fears that Johnny's search will lead to his death. Hunt is obsessed by his failure to help Johnny and his mother so much so that his colleagues and his supervisor believe he is losing it. As body after body is uncovered, Hunt and Johnny discover that there are two murderers. One killed Johnny's father and the other killed his sister. Can Johnny survive with Hunt's help? Read this exciting book and discover the ending for yourself.
Just to let people know, I am an avid book reader. I am also a huge critic when I read a book. I read John Hart's Down River, and I thought it was O.k, not a good as a lot of people were saying about it. With that said, The Last Child was one heck of a book. It had so many twist and turns in it.High recommened.
Wow - seldom do I give a book a "5", but this one earned it. Couldn't put it down - great character development, and just when you think you've got it figured out, you don't . . . excellent! My first book by this author, and I will most certainly be seeking out his previous two novels.
I really llike Joh Hart's writing style and found this book a really good read at times even hard to put down. This was the first of his that I read and I havecontinued to read 2 more by this same author.
I found this book one that I could not put down. It is rare that I find a book that I need to wake up and read in the middle of the night so I can see what happens next. This is one of those. I guess that I would compare the author to Harlan Coben's style of writing, mystery, murder, love interest....has it all! Totally recommend this book.
I read this book years ago, I loved it. This week, I listened to it.
I listened to CD 1, and it did seem like a new story to me. By Disc 2, when a new character shows up. I start to remember some of the plot, and some of the twists. The audio unabridged has 11 Cds, and well worth your time. The story has multi layers of mysteries, and many intertwining characters. The narrator does an excellent job of reading the life into each character.
I recommend both the printed book and the audio book.
Fantastic read and totally deserving of the recent Edgar Prize. I've read all of John Hart's books, and this is his best, by far. It had me guessing throughout and I stayed up late last night to finish it. I'm still thinking about it, a sure sign for me of a very enjoyable and thought provoking book. Very highly recommend.
John Hart is one of the best authors I have ever read! The Last Child is a great story about a 13 year old boy who is trying to find out what happened to his twin sister. It is suspenseful and a book you will not be able to put down until finished!
Read this book over the course of a 24-hr period because I just couldn't stop reading it! It took me a few chapters in before I was really hooked, but than it played out like a suspense/thriller movie. The plot is superb and has a some interesting twists that keeps the reader guessing until the end.
This is a book that keeps you guessing right up to the last pages.. It is a roller coaster to the left and through the cork screws.... It will keep you up at night. Looking for a challenge try this one on.
This book was so good. I couldn't put it down. Finished it in two days! The characters are really deep and the flow of the book was perfect. The ending was not at all what I had expected. It is a long book but you don't notice that as you are so pulled into the story. You end up rooting for Johnny and praying that he finds the answers he seeks!
This is a horrible book - in a good way. It's well written with superb characterization & a mystery that kept me wondering until the very end, but the basis of the story, child abuse & abduction, was heart-wrenching. I don't like books about kids being hurt & yet this one captivated me.
The drive of the main characters was incredible, yet believable. They were flawed & noble, driven & swept away by events & powers outside their control. A cop haunted by a case he can't solve. His passions & compassion tearing his life, both official & personal, apart. A boy who can't stop looking for his abducted twin & treads the fine edge of insanity. A mother who is demolished by her losses struggling to continue for what she has left & the media circling like sharks. Secrets, mysteries, & lies abound. Who is good or bad isn't always easy to figure out.
I can't say much without spoilers. Just read it. If you like murder mysteries, this is one of the finest. Why only 4 stars & not 5? I never want to read it again & it added nothing to my life save for entertainment, but it was a hell of a ride.
Great book. This was definitely a page turner for me. I was a little nervous about reading mystery/suspense book about such young children, but it was written really well, and I would recommend this book in a heartbeat.
What an amazing read! I read this for my book club and I could not put this book down! Mystery is normally not my genre, but the characters of this book soon grab your heart.
You really don't even have a clue of what really happened until the author reveals it at the very end. Thank you, John Hart for writing such a treasure! If you have not considered putting this on your reading list, you are really missing something. A novel with heart rendering emotions, twist and turns, and adventure that could be a scene in anywhere across the country. "The Last Child" is a must read!
I think of this book as a "guy's book", but my heart continually went out to the main character and his mom. This kid was not going to be deterred by injuries or adults who "knew better"
A very good read
Some surprises, a moving tale of love and how tragedy can destroy individuals and families alike. Perplexing at times, sad at others, Hart put together a plot that kept me interested and somewhat captivated by young Johnny. Harts characters take on a variety of personas. It was a troubling read at times, but well worth the endeavor as Johnny effortlessly seeks to solve the mystery of his missing twin sister.
When Johnny Merrimon was thirteen, his twin sister, Alyssa, was kidnapped. Its now a year later and his life has changed completely. Everyone presumes his sister is dead, his father has left the family, his mother is addicted to pills and seeing an abusive man, Ken Holloway, (who is also one of the richest and most influential men in the county) and theyve lost their home.
But Johnny wont give up hope and prays for three things: find his sister, his fathers return and that someone kills Ken Holloway. Johnny has a map of the town and uses it to track who he has questioned about his sisters disappearance. He constantly skips school to bike around town to find out what really happened to his sister.
At the same time police detective, Clyde Hunter, is still trying to solve the disappearance of Alyssa Merrimon. He also knows that Johnny is trying to do an investigation of his own and that its dangerous for Johnny to do this. Hes given Johnny and his mother his card with his number many times so they can call him. But they dont.
Then, another girl goes missing. And, a man tumbles over a bridge where Johnny is and tells him that he found her. Johnny is sure the her is Alyssa, but the detectives think he might mean the girl that went missing.
I really enjoyed this book. The story takes multiple twists and turns. How all the pieces fall together is shocking. The good guys arent always good and those who are thought to be bad arent always bad.
And, to a degree, Johnny does get his three wishes.
Every now and then you pick up a book that you don't want to stop reading. You don't want people to talk to you and make you stop, you don't want to stop and do your chores, you have to stop and go to sleep but do it looking forward to tomorrow when you can pick up your book again. This was that book for me. Hart did it all. A mystery that took a few side trips but was eventually solved. Characters that were developed and made you care about them. A story of friendship and misunderstandings and lies and love and human frailties. Johnny is a twin. His twin sister did not make it home from school a year ago. She set off on her own when her dad was late and never arrived. Mom fell apart. She could not deal with it and blamed the dad. One day the dad didn't come home. Johnny was left to fend for himself, do for his mom as best as he could while she wallowed in grief, tried to burn the family pictures, stayed drugged and was being kept by a man who was domineering and even violent. Johnny was determined to find his sister and turn back the clock to his happy family. He was twelve or thirteen but could drive the car to get groceries, cleaned their clothes, and investigated the known sex offenders in the town while his mom was knocked out from pills.
Johnny did his research. Johnny had maps and notes he took when he spied. Johnny has his best friend to skip school with. Johnny has a police investigator interested in his well being and that of his mom. This author ties up all the loose ends. Great book I'm recommending to my book club.
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. MANY TWIST AND TURNS, AND IT MAKE U GUESS WHO REALLY KILL JOHNNY SISTER. FIRST TIME READING JOHN HART THILLER, HE DID A WONDERFUL JOB ON A STORY OF A YOUNG BOY, GO AROUND LOOKING FOR HIS SISTER KILLER. I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO READ HIS NEXT BOOK.
I just can't say enough about this book. It was very hard to put down and I often found myself up late to read more. Very well written, offered lots of emotion, and never failed to surprise you. You think you have it figured out and then Mr. Hart throws you another twist. Probably one of the bests books I've ever read. Highly recommended. This is the first book I've read by this author but I am definitely looking forward to reading more.
I loved this book. Stayed up late because I just had to know what happened. Very good pace and the characters were very well developed. They felt like people I could have actually known and felt bad for...or hated. Looking for a good book.....pick this one up.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's about a young teen boy who had his twin sister abducted a year previous. Johnny goes on hi own searching for her. Detective Clyde Hunt is also searching for her. I found this book very hard to put down. It just had one twist after the other. It is a very good thriller. I recommend it highly.
While this book did hold my interest, I thought a few parts of it were a bit confusing. Eventually, towards the end, most of my questions did get cleared up. I found myself feeling a profound sadness for Johnny, the 13 year-old boy searching for his missing sister. At times I just wanted to climb into the book and slap all of the people around him and help him myself! Abuse against children is a strong theme of this book. I finished it several days ago, but am still thinking about Johnny.
My copy of the book was 419 pages long. I read all but the last 70 pages in one day. I finally had to go to bed before I could finish it.
One comment that I mentioned to my kids is that I have noticed men write differently than women. Not better or worse but different. This book was such a strong book, very much about being male driven. All the male characters seem driven by their own inner voices. Levi Freemantle is one character that contributes his voices to GOD. Some of the other characters seem to feel that the are driven by cowardice or weakness or failure.
There are 3 main females in the book, the missing twin sister, the mom, and a female cop, who sure seems to be very male in drive. Again driven.
John Hart has more than 2 characters named John in this book. One named Jack, then Gerald. The police officers name is HUNT. Seems like Hart is naming characters after him.
Everything else that has been written in reviews is so true, this was a good book that had twists and turns. It was extremely well written. I also want to add that it was not gruesome or bloody or graphic. I did expect more of that but I am glad it was not there. There are some scene about injuries, but nothing really upsetting. There are several deaths and murders, and still nothing to upsetting.
There is alcohol, drug use by some of the adults, and underage drinking.
I would go on to seek out other books by this author, just because this book was so well done. BTW, his back cover photo he looks like a police officer.
The reviews glowed about this book and I wanted to love it, but I couldn't make it past page 65. It was way too slow for me and I just didn't care about what was going to happen, I just couldn't hang in there!