The Last Child by John Hart

The Last Child

By John Hart

  • Release Date: 2009-05-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 405 Ratings
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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.


  • 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!
  • Keeps you guessing!

    By Gisue
    I just finished my first book by John Hart and I plan to read more. He is in my top 10 best author list! I couldn't put it down. Just when I think I figured out what happened the story twists again. Great job Mr. Hart! Can't wait to read another one of his books!
  • The last child

    By kn94chevy
    I simply loved this book! It's now one of my all time favs. I knew from the 1st few pages that I was hooked. If your looking for your next great read, look no further. This is it.

    By True Mystery
    I have to say this book is phenomenal. It really has many twists and turns throughout each chapter. The characters are captivating.. Lost track in the middle but it picked right back up quickly for me.. A great book for any reader.
  • A good page turner.

    By Jigs4
    Interesting, this was my first book of John Hart, and I would say he kept me with him. 👌👌👌
  • Special Book

    By cardinallover
    This was my first John Hart novel, it will not be the last . Outstanding characters and a fast paced and believable storyline . Well worth the $$$ and time spent .
  • Aregs05

    By Aregs05
    Great book! A true page turner.
  • Engrossing

    By NYC nobody
    Great mystery and thriller.
  • Amazing

    By The STAZ
    Hart kept me seated on the edge of the page. The characters are real, and I felt what they felt. The book was unpredictable too. Whenever I thought that I had it figured out, there was another twist. This is Hart at his very best.