Aug 20, 2010

The Last Child

The Last Child by John Hart

My rating: 5 stars

From the back cover: Johnny Merrimon was thirteen when his twin sister disappeared. Now, one year later, she is presumed dead. His mother is devastated, his father gone, and life will never be the same. But Johnny has a map, a bike, and a plan. He's going to find his sister, even if he has to track down every dangerous character in the county - a do-or-die mission that troubles police detective Clyde Hunt. He's also been searching for Johnny's sister, and he knows to what dark places a case like this can lead. But even Hunt can't imagine how far Johnny will go to learn the truth - or what he will find when he gets there.

This novel grabbed me from the beginning. I wanted to keep reading, and because the chapters were short it made it easy to justify "one more chapter" at night when I should have been sleeping.

From the first sentence, it pulled me in. "Asphalt cut the country like a scar, a long, hot burn of razor-black. Heat had not yet twisted the air, but the driver knew it was coming, the scorching glare, the shimmer at the far place where blue hammered down." I'm pretty sure there is not a more eloquent way to describe where the road meets the sky. Wow.

I liked that this story didn't pick up right after the disappearance of Johnny's sister Alyssa. You know when a child disappears there's worry, anger, anxiety, sleepless nights, etc. But since she'd been gone for awhile it was a different perspective.  It was more a combination of the characters trying to keep hope alive, balanced with the acceptance of if she was found a year later, and what state they'd find her in.

One of the other things I loved about this author, is he revealed more information to the reader than he did to the characters. There were times when the detectives in the story were talking about something and I was saying out loud, "no, focus on the other thing, this doesn't really matter!" I got so wrapped up in these characters - I was rooting for them, sharing their grief, and hoping a few of them wouldn't find the peace they were searching for.

I can't tell you anymore about the plot because there are a few twists and I don't want to give anything away. Saying I loved this book doesn't seem like enough, but I did. I truly loved this book. I mean, I gave it five stars people! If it's not on your "to read" list I suggest you add it!

Have any of you read this? What did you think? Have you ever read anything else by this author?

Oh, and what's your high/low for this week?

My high: determining my four simple goals, and having a one-on-one yoga session yesterday. (My friend A teaches yoga at the gym at work and yesterday it was just me and her which was totally awesome. I did a back bend! I haven't done one of those since I was a gymnast in like the fourth grade!)

My low: it's not fall yet. (Seriously).

Answers to your questions for the mister coming next week! Happy weekend!

(Photo: a diary of little things and curiosities)


Mandy said...

The book sounds fabulous. I'm adding it to my to be read list now (and requesting it from the library).

My high: Its Friday! I'm going back to school shopping with my teenage cousins tomorrow in Pittsbrugh, my best friend is in town for a few days, I'm going a Toby Keith/Trace Adkins (so much hotness) concert Sunday night.

My low: Not hearing from anything postivie back from the companies where I've sent a resume.

Jess said...

Low: TOTALLY AGREE. I had my vanilla candle burning the other day, and I was wishing the weather matched the smell.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That book sounds interesting - and a 5 star rating always makes me want to a read a book!! :)

My High: Buying a fun pink sweater last night that I look forward to wearing this fall.

My Low: I think you know, no need for me to go into it in a comment...

Roxmary said...

I love this book too. I can't wait to talk about it at Book Club.

High: Seeing Justice and Noble smile everyday I pick them up. It makes my day. Knowing I only have 7 more days of work until I get to stay home with my boys!!! Yea!!

BTW Noble is almost rolling over he gets his body to turn but can't quite get his legs over just yet. =)

Low: Working I've been getting up everyday around 5am to get to work before 7am and you know I'm not a morning person.

Nora said...

this sounds like a great book! I'm very intrigued by the description =)

High: Committing to my 10k training this week and loving the soreness my body feels.

Low: I'm getting sick. BOO.

Amber said...

Oooh just the back cover description makes me want to read this book! I am going to check and see if my library has it!!

High: Big Brother 12. Haha, I ADORE that show in the summer and me and Eric watch it together and it's really fun.

Low: This darned recurring arch pain in my right foot!

Anonymous said...

B, where did you get that picture that goes with this entry? Love it. I could have the most boring house - I'd put pictures of books, along with books themselves, everywhere! so far, it's just the books themselves.

Love the "decor" of your blog - have I said that before?

OK, the week's "Low" (see, I'm gonna squeeze this in here): is the way people treat one another, and complain at WORK.
The week's "High" is having an article to write for a local magazine, reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on my DSi and finding huge planters of plants on sale that look fabulous near the pool.

Emily Jane said...

I saw you posted this on Goodreads and made a note to look into it, which, after reading this glowing review, I most definitely will!

High this week: working on wedding stuff while I was off sick all week. And the X Factor starting again tomorrow!

Low: The hideous virus I got that had me laid up, sweating, and sounding like a horse all week! lol :)

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