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The Last Child | [John Hart]

The Last Child

his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.
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Publisher's Summary

Fresh off the success of his Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times best seller Down River, John Hart returns with his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search. What he finds is a city with an underbelly far blacker than anyone could've imagined - and somewhere in the depths of it all, with the help of his only friend and a giant of a man with his own strange past, Johnny, at last, finds the terrible truth.

Detective Clyde Hunt has devoted an entire year to Alyssa's case, and it shows: haunted and sleepless, he's lost his wife and put his shield at risk. But he can't put the case behind him - he won't - and when another girl goes missing, the failures of the past year harden into iron determination. Refusing to lose another child, Hunt knows he has to break the rules to make the case; and maybe, just maybe, the missing girl will lead him to Alyssa...

The Last Child is a tale of boundaries: county borders and circles on a map, the hard edge between good and evil, life and death, hopelessness and faith. Perfectly blending character and plot, emotion and action, John Hart again transcends the barrier between thrillers and literature to craft a story as heartrending as it is redemptive.

©2009 John Hart; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 06-28-09
    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 06-28-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Story"

    I couldn't put this book down. Wonderful writing and the narration was great. I have listened to 2 books a month for at least 10 years and this is one of the best.

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    Claycnst 06-22-09
    Claycnst 06-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Save your credit, unless."

    Save your credit, unless you like to read / listen to an author ramble on and on about usless information. Near the end of the second book, the reader really bugged me everytime he used the word "the". See what you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Lopes CASTRO VALLEY, CA, US 06-16-09
    Donald Lopes CASTRO VALLEY, CA, US 06-16-09 Member Since 2003
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    "The worst narrator I have ever heard"

    The narrator almost ruined this most excellent novel. The work had all of the elements of a great mystery unfortunately the narrator did his best to destroy the author's effort. My rating is entirely based on the book not the storyteller.

    Even a cursory listening would have revealed the almost purposeful inappropriate pronunciation of the narrative. Audible should at least require some review prior to accepting books for sale.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 06-13-09
    Laura 06-13-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding"

    This is a truly outstanding book. It stole my interest from the very beginning and never once lost it. It's the kind of book that has stories within stories. It is, at the same time, a great mystery with plenty of suspense. My ONLY negagative comment is concerning the narrator. His over-pronunciation of words like A and THE made the reading sound extremely choppy at times.

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    kathyd Chicago 06-08-09
    kathyd Chicago 06-08-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved the story"

    absolutely loved the story - yes, the narrator sucks - but, hate to see the write or the story get a bad rap...

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    Pam Tucson, AZ, USA 06-05-09
    Pam Tucson, AZ, USA 06-05-09
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    "The Last Child"

    Great story - Just wish the narration for female characters could be done by a female. It's annoying to hear a deep baritone voice trying to sound like a girl or woman. Highly recommend the story though. Was plausible and interesting from start to finish.

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    Ronald Phoenix, AZ, USA 06-02-09
    Ronald Phoenix, AZ, USA 06-02-09
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    "Part way thru."

    This book is well written and engaging. It suffers from the literal and juvenile reading provided by the narrator'

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    Lioness 02-23-10
    Lioness 02-23-10 Listener Since 2003

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    "Good But Tedius"

    First off, the diction of the narrator really fit the feel of the story. But his use of "thee" and "a" was annoying at best. If you can get through that, then the story was interesting enough. However I have to agree with a previous reviewer that towards the end it tends to drag a bit. Still a very good novel. Might have been better to read rather than listen to.

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    Nezar 11-28-12
    Nezar 11-28-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "The Universal Book of Cliches"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who can bear banality and cliche-riddled writing.


    What could John Hart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Given it to a better author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Sowers?

    While Mr. Sowers admittedly did a not-so-good job with the narration, no narrator could have been able to lift this kind of writing off the ground.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Child?

    First, last (which I didn't reach as I couldn't bear to finish the book), and whatever is in between.


    Any additional comments?

    Almost every phrase and word had been used before millions of times. This is an incredible work of collecting cliches, indeed. Hart goes further to create cliched characters and events. This is a remake of remakes of dozen other low class movies.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Petralis Rochester, NY 11-19-12
    L. Petralis Rochester, NY 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Last Child Worth a Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Child the most enjoyable?

    I wondered who the child murderer was - actually suspected the police.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Child?

    When they found the dead body of the boy's dad along with the other children


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sowers – was your favorite?

    The narrator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What's a tag line?


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book for a listen. The only thing that wasn't believable was the 13 yr. old's exploits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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