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
Very enjoyable listening. I only listen while driving. Several times I did not want to get out of the car when I reached my destination. Some great unexpected twists to the story. I will now search for other books by the author.
I have been a member of Audible for years and this is one of the best books I've listened to. Scott Sowers does a great job with the narration; his voice flows seamlessly from one character to the next. If you really like stories that you can lose yourself in, then this is a great one.
This was my first John Hart book and it won't be my last. His character development is honest without beating you over the head with their character flaws. The length is as required for story development.
Hart is a fair writer. All the information is there for you to reach the final and right conclusion. No Perry Mason ending here.
The twist made me sorry I judged and showed me my own soul.
The narrator I'll leave behind. He uses a sharp and stuttered style and an almost old West pronunciation in a persistently hard and unnatural "e" in "the" and "a" but "been" like the legume. At times I was confused by his voicing of the boys and couldn't distinguish who was speaking.
I did find that it interfered with the enjoyment of the book and prevented from me rating it the full five stars it deserves.
Good story but narrator was too stiff; formal enunciation of words like 'a' & 'the' threw off the flow of the story. This story took place in the south: more 'local' pronunciation would have been better.
I don't mind a long book, in fact I prefer them. But this one was so drawn out, I tried really hard but just could not get the energy up to finish this book...I could not take it, it was annoying at best.
John Hart is an honest writer. He catches the human condition, good and bad, without overplaying. Each character is well-rounded and very believable. I will definitely look for more from John Hart.
The Last Child was an interesting murder mystery/thriller. Johnny made a sympathetic character, his life story heartbreaking yet his bravery and determination to find out the truth was admirable. My main problem with this book was the narrator. His sometimes stilted, halted reading of this book kept me from enjoying this book as much as I could have otherwise. But as a whole, this was a typical mystery, well written with a surprise ending.
Excellent book, couldn't quit listening. The narration was a little stilted, but it did not take away from the storyline.
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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