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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 10-19-09

Stick With It!

This is one of THE most compelling books I have read in a very, very long time. It took me 6 or 7 tries to get past the first 30 minutes due to the narrator, but once the story thread is picked up, you just can't stop listening. The only reason I gave 4 stars is due to the narration. So, stick with it! As far as plots and storylines go, this book is a winner.

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33 of 33 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Glori-Read on 08-28-09

Choices and consequences in the face of adversity

The last child is heart wrenching tale of a young boy searching for his abucted sister; of the dangers he faces while searching for her in dangerous places; and of thefriends and unlikely allies that join him in his search and his fight for surviving abuse and dangerous enemies encountered while protecting what is left of a mother unable to cope with the tragedy and who is no longer aware that he still needs her love and protection. If you ever wondered what happens to people touched by a heinous crime after the reporters leave town?; of how investigators forever haunted deal with their failure to find the victims? of what happens to the lifes of survivors that have no closure?, of if a decision can forever change the life all those touched by a tragic event?, of what is the value of one child's life measured against the future of your own child? of what is the "right choice" if you question where your loyalties lie? So if you ever wonder about those questions then you will like this book. I for once did not guess the complete solution which made the book even better.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 09-19-09

Great Story

This is a great story with several twists that certainly caught me out. Its setting is excellent as is the character development and a tension and urgency throughout the story leading right up to its conclusion. The narration takes a while to get used to but is gritty and wholly representative of the setting - it works really well and is compelling to listen to.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-25-11

Great story, wonderfully narrated

On the amazon reviews someone complained that this book was depressing. Well reading the synopsis should make it clear that it's a pretty heavy plotline.

It's a wonderful book. Good plot, fantasticly evocative, and while sections of it were really dark or made me want to go straight home and hug my children, i found it strangely inspirational.

I enjoyed the different layers within the book, it doesn't just jump around characters becasue it feels it needs to, the flow is good and even when some authors may have finished the book, this book keeps on going and in the end you feel like the author actually finished the book - and didn't just feel like he'd done enough to keep his publishers happy so could rush off and do something else.

I thought the narrator was excellent as well, and his style really suited the material. Managing the full range of styles required. Extremely enjoyable

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