The Last Child - John Hart

The Last Child

By John Hart

  • Release Date: 2009-05-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 456 Ratings


Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Heralded by the Washington Post as a "a magnificent creation, Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies", John Hart's The Last Child is his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he'd been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing . . .

Undeterred by Hunt's threats or his mother's pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.

Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, The Last Child leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

Now with an excerpt from John Hart's next book The Hush, available in February 2018.


  • Amazing !

    By Flowers618
    I have never read such a suspenseful novel in my life. the Last Child is a must read for suspense readers.
  • The Last Child by John Hart

    By Dooley 2017
    This is a fast paced and riveting story that will keep you reading. John Hart is detail minded has the skill to draw the reader into another place and time. You will not soon forget this painful and yet redemptive story.
  • The Last Child

    By Jody5119
    Totally awesome book!
  • Good tale

    By fotogme11
    The Last Child is a very well written story filled with the unexpected. The style of writing is extremely descriptive. I found the plot complex and the flawed characters nicely fleshed out. I enjoyed the North Carolina setting. Two thumbs up from me.
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  • The Last Child is an excellent read

    By Furipaws
    It is a riveting story with excellent character development. I couldn't put it down.
  • The Last Child--fantastic!

    By Counselr1
    The Last Child is is one of the five best books I've ever read in my 67 years, in terms the beautifully descriptive writing style, the complex and totally engaging plot, and the character development. Absolutely loved it from the first page--and it just kept getting better!!!
  • The Last Child

    By FlyingFish22
    Wonderful, exceptional writing by John Hart; read it straight through.
  • The Last Child

    By Readingbythesea
    Just found this book loved it, lots of twist and turns. Looking forward to reading his new book The Hush.
  • A must read.

    By Farcalgal
    One of those books can’t wait for the ending, but sad when it does end. Even with multiple characters I was able to up. May actually reread this book!