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The Last Child by John Hart
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Feb 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: thrillers
Read in February, 2010

Hart, John. THE LAST CHILD. (2009). ****. This is the first novel I’ve read by this author, and he certainly seems to have the thriller/technique down pat. His last book, “Down River,” won an Edgar for Best Novel, and his first book, “The King of Lies,” was nominated for an Edgar for Best First Novel. This book has also been nominated for this year’s Edgar for Best Novel, and also has a good chance of winning. The author has managed to insert all of the usual hot buttons into the story that keep the reader reading on. These include a cast of inspired and indestructible teenagers, a woman and mother who manages to inspire lust that is just below the radar of every man who sees her, a cop who is single-minded on the case – to the point of losing his wife and, almost, his job, a bevy of serial-killing paedophiles, a black man who is a direct descendent of a freed slave who was almost hanged back in the 1800s, so that you have some history thrown in, and, finally, enough woo-woo to satisfy large fringes of the gothic fan. This is really not my kind of book. It’s too glib and too much of a pastiche, but it will draw readers into it because it is well crafted. If you’re looking for a fast read that won’t tax your mind, but one that provides lots of plot twists and turns, then I’d have to recommend this novel.

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