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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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    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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    Eva Claremont, Australia 11-18-12
    Eva Claremont, Australia 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "interesting and entertaining"
    Would you try another book from John Hart and/or Scott Sowers?

    no, the story is too constructed, didn't get under my skin


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

    the story is too long, too many problems and issues packed into it


    What does Scott Sowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes it a real American story. - Good reading, easy to distinguish the caracters


    Do you think The Last Child needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, the story was already long enough


    Any additional comments?

    too many dead people, too much killing

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Springville, UT, United States 10-13-11
    Michael Springville, UT, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Edge of Your Seat Thriller"

    This is a really good story. I can't believe the reviewers who complain that the narrator's accent wasn't perfect or that the narrator didn't pronounce the word "a" the way they felt it should be pronounced. Therefore they couldn't enjoy the story. Really? That is like saying I didn't enjoy Venice because you thought the water in the canals smelled a little funny. As to the subject being a little dark, yes, the story is about a young boy looking for his abducted little sister. If you can't handle that, don't listen. But the bottom line is, this is a great story. One would like to see the young boy solve the mystery, but you are scared to death for the boy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lafayette, IN, United States 07-19-11
    Elizabeth Lafayette, IN, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Predictable, boring"

    What's with the good reviews? The book was predictable, boring and accompanied by the smarmy, irritating narrator. Ugh. One of the worst books I've listened to (my Audible library has over 250 books).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pat raleigh, NC, USA 09-05-09
    Pat raleigh, NC, USA 09-05-09
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    "Great book!"

    Can't wait to get in my car the hear the nex't chapter! Loved the book!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Fort Washington, MD, USA 05-31-09
    Angela Fort Washington, MD, USA 05-31-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Sorry I wasted my credit"

    Stereotypical evil step parent: check ( in this case it is the father.) mentally fragile yet stunningly beautiful mother: check. Long, boring, monotonous narration that moves the story only seconds: check. I wish this book was better, I was really rooting for it but by the end I was just bored.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shilrey Voghera, Italy 05-28-09
    Shilrey Voghera, Italy 05-28-09
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    "A very masculine book"

    Unlike the other reviews that I read, I found it hard to listen to this story. The topic was very heavy and disturbing, not realy entertainment for me, although I listened through to the end. I also found the narators forced southern acent detracting from the story. I will be more careful in my audiobook choices in the future.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Eugene, OR, USA 06-14-09
    Paula Eugene, OR, USA 06-14-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Ugh!"

    Christian porn.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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