The Last Child Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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'The Last Child is as satisfying as his previous books' (Guardian)
'Just once in a while a thriller comes along that makes you want to run out in the street and proclaim how good it is ? John Hart's third novel is one of those. Written with power, precision and an iron grip on character it makes him out as one of the outstanding talents of his generation ... it grips you by the throat and never lets go' (Daily Mail)
A gripping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat (The Sun)
'Hart is emerging as one of the biggest new American talents in the psychological thriller field, and should be joining Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay on the bestseller lists' (Bookseller)
'Third novel from this rising US author' (Bookseller)
'I absolutely love this man's writing, and by that I mean all aspects of it: plotting, characterization and its lyrical quality ... John Hart has joined the highest ranks of crime fiction writing. Thank heavens he's a young man so we'll have his novels to enjoy for many years to come' (Deadly Pleasures)
'EDGAR Allan Poe Award winner John Hart does something in his latest book that few manage successfully: write a compelling thriller with a child as the main character... Hart, a former lawyer from the US deep south, writes finely detailed prose with a literary edge, a fine sense of atmosphere and just the right touches of creepy southern gothic' (The Weekend Australian)
'The main character in award winning author John Hart's thriller The Last Child, is a teenage boy turned vigilante, driven by the abduction of his older sister a year ago...a superb page- turner' (Illawarra Mercury (Australia))
'A roiling, boiling, seething stew of passion and conflict' (Courier Mail, (Australia))
'Brilliantly written with plenty of twists and clues' (Crimesquad website)
'A masterly and suspenseful thriller' (Good Book Guide)
'The Last Child leaves the reader awed and troubled, and wondering how on earth the author is going to follow such a tour de force' (Shots magazine)
A thirteen year old boy turns vigilante to investigate the abduction of his twin sisterSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The characters are believable and you immediately begin to warm to the three main ones, the boy Johnny, his mother Katherine and the tough but sympathetic detective Hunt.
The author has created a wonderful story full of images, folklore and complex characters, and the plot itself sends you down many twisting and turning alleyways until you reach the breathtaking conclusion. I was completely absorbed by the story throughout.
This is the first novel I have read from John Hart, and I've immediately ordered his two others only five minutes ago!
This is not a new theme but John Hart gives the story a Southern Gothic twist that makes it feel fresh and exciting. His prose style is as rich as Stephen King's: one suspicious local man "was sixty-eight, with bristled hair, two loose teeth and eyes like raw oysters." There's a riverside cemetery scene with an atmosphere that calls Charles Dickens to mind. The suspense builds to a vivid, visceral climax that tears at your heart strings.
Hart is a real find. Thrillers don't come any better than this. I can't wait to read the next one.
[Reviewer is the auithor of THE BEXHILLMISSILE CRISIS]
I really didn't expect the ending and I was sorry when I finished it.
I won't give away the plot . Read it for yourself !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit long winded, making it a slow moving story. He has done betterPublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating read. I kept trying to guess the outcome but I was so wrong. A very satisfying read with a good conclusion, which I likePublished 26 days ago by Monica
I really enjoyed this book, definitely worth a read. it kept me guessing till the end, could not put it down.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first book I've read by this author and look forward to reading more. The way the story unfolded, how you were kept guessing as to the outcome was excellent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeanie C
I have really enjoyed this story no slow bits just keeps u hooked from the beginning. Would definitely recommend to friends and familyPublished 4 months ago by louise mcgoldrick