Thirteen-year-old Johnny Merrimon has to face things no boy his age should face. In the year since his twin sister's abduction his world has fallen apart: his father has disappeared, and his fragile mother is spiralling into ever deeper despair. Johnny keeps strong. Armed with a map, a bike and a flashlight, he stalks the bad men of Raven County. The police might have given up on Alyssa; he never will. Someone, somewhere, knows something they're not telling.
Only one person looks out for Johnny. Detective Clyde Hunt shares his obsession with the case. But when Johnny witnesses a hit-and-run and insists the victim was killed because he'd found Alyssa, even Hunt thinks he's lost it. And then another young girl goes missing....
©2009 John Hart (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing
Extraordinary, suspenseful and addictive
Johnny Merrimon was my favourite character. He demonstrated Incredible devotion, both to his sister and his mum and great courage and persistence looking out for both.
This is the first John Chancer performance I have listened to. I was mildly irritated with some of the (what I thought were) exaggerated accents in the dialogue - but this may have just been my Australian ear!
Go with Johnny on his breathtaking journey as he searches for his missing twin sister.
Night after night I kept listening to this book way past when I should. Just kept telling myself "just one more chapter!"
This is a really enjoyable story of the search by young Johnny for his missing twin sister when everyone else has given up. Whilst some of the story plots and characters were 'unbelievable' I was more than happy to suspend any disbelief because the portrayal of Johnny, his life, his family and friendships and his quest were so compelling. This turned into quite an addictive book and I finished it very quickly. I found the ending very satisfying and was sad to say goodbye to Johnny.
"Last Child great read"
Not read printe version only heard audio version, but great whilst travelling as can still look out window and take in the scenery
All John harts books are well written. You get involved with the characters, can really picture where they are as the descriptions are good
Great narrator, clear, amusing, interesting to listen too. Would listen to other books narrated by him.
Connect to the characters, amusing in places, could not wait to be able to listen to my audio book
"Mystic River in the sticks"
It's the toughest of subject matters - a child goes missing, the family falls apart because of guilt, grief, lack of closure and the faintest glimmer of hope. A year after his sister's abduction, Johnny hasn't given up on finding her and bringing her home, unlike everyone else. He ditches school to mark off various scummy characters from his list of possible suspects. A local cop who led the investigation is similarly obsessed with the case, but is trying to balance looking out for Johnny and his mum with his job and his own family and only just clinging on. The Last Child feels like a small town mix of Mystic River and the movie Prisoners. Hart writes a wonderful story that is much more than a solid mystery, it explores obsession and how tragedy and grief destroys all in its path. This was my first John Hart book, but I've got Redemption Road on the list for the not too distant future. Fingers crossed it'll be as cracking as this one was!
John Chancer is good too. He narrated my favourite audiobook, The Grapes of Wrath, and he seems to be a great choice. Nothing flashy, gets the job done.
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