Friday, May 7, 2010

The Last Child by John Hart

I apologize for my extreme lack of posting this week. It has been crazy. I have been busy after work every night and I came home today and immediately put on my sweatpants and went about catching myself back up.

I read The Last Child very quickly last weekend. The Last Child is centered around Johnny Merrimon and his search for his lost sister. His sister has been missing for a year and there have been no leads. His dad left and his beautiful mother has become addicted to pain meds and drinks a lot. She also has a boyfriend, Ken, who pushes both Johnny and his mother around. Johnny has been getting into trouble by ditching school and has been checking out the local pedophiles in hopes of finding his sister.

The book opens on a day where Johnny is skipping school with his best-friend and in the course of this day he happens about an accident that isn't really an accident and a dying man who speaks.. 'I found the missing girl," right before Johnny has to run off to avoid being caught by a killer. He also stumbles upon an escaped convict who he then thinks is somehow mixed up in his sisters disappearance.

This book is full of action and keeps you thinking and involved in the story. I will admit that I figured out the whodunnit before it was revealed and there are clues riddled about. There are also side stories like the history of Johnny's great-grandpa and the local area history of North Carolina. I kind of didn't agree with the delivery but it was a pretty good action/mystery book! I think I may have read too many. It sort of reminded me style wise like Dennis Lehane.

I received this book from a giveaway.

What was the best mystery/thriller you have read?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I'm not a huge mystery/thriller reader - I have read very few, besides all the Mary Higgins Clark books that I read when I was in Jr High & High School. I love those books!

Aside from those, I really enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

Kelly said...

I love mystery books- I really like the women's murder club series by James Patterson. The first mystery I can every remember loving was by Agatha Christie- And Then There Were None. I read it in 8th grade and I couldn't put it down.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Lisa on the Mary Higgins Clark books; her daughter is also a writer (Carol Higgins Clark) and her former daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Clark, is also a writer. So, the (Higgins) Clarks always satisfy my need for mystery....