Friday, July 09, 2010

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I saw this book recommended so many times here and on other sites and blogs and knew I wanted to I didn't know what to expect but this book well exceeded my expectations.
The novel was fas tpaced and well plotted with believeable but flawed chracters.
I loved the main character and felt he was believeable . You feel his frustrations, hurt and hope throughout the book.
I sometimes wanted to sock his mom !
This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you read it. I feel this book will also establish John Hart as a major player in the fiction world today. I also can very easily see this made into a movie.

Book Synopsis from Good Reads:

Fresh off the success of his Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times bestseller 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

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Janna Qualman said...

Oh my gosh! Haunting. Sounds like a must-read.

Thank you!

SandyCarlson said...

Sounds like a good read. Thanks for this. Haunting is right.