The Last Child by John Hart

A happy family in North Carolina falls apart after 12-year-old Alyssa Merrimon is abducted. The father abandons the family. The mother turns to drugs and alcohol, and an abusive former boyfriend. Despite everything, Alyssa’s twin-brother Johnny never gives up hope and continues to search for her. So does Detective Hunt, who also keeps a watchful eye on the family.

A year later Johnny becomes witness to a murder, and Johnny is convinced the murdered man knew something about Alyssa’s disappearance. The same day a second girl, a classmate of Johnny, disappears. Are they dealing with a serial kidnapper?

The Last Child by John Hart won the Edgar Award for Best Novel earlier this year, and if any of the other nominees are even close to being as exciting as this novel then I may have to read those as well.

The novel brings new twists every few chapters, and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. One horrifying situation after the other takes place, and I barely dared to take my dog out for her evening walk when I was reading this book. That aside, the novel was awesome and The Last Child is definitely a must read!

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