The Last Child
by John Hart
Thirteen-year-old Johnny sets out to search for his twin sister Alyssa, who was abducted in broad daylight. His friend Jack says he saw the abduction but is unable to give clear details of the person or the car. Soon after, Johnny's father disappears, and between him leaving and the inability of the police to find Alyssa, Johnny's mother turns to alcohol and drugs for comfort. Social Services then becomes involved when it's determined that she is unable to care properly for Johnny. Clyde Hunt, the lead detective on Alyssa's case, who himself is losing touch with his own teenage son, takes the case far more personally than others think is appropriate. And when another girl, Tiffany, goes missing, Hunt becomes even more determined and obsessed with solving the case.
I'm not a huge fan of this genre, so I'll tell you why I picked this book. The cover! I'm a sucker. That and the title just got me. The Last Child.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the story line and the characters and the drama. Boy was there drama. It's a 432-page book and I read it in two days. On the second day I couldn't put it down. Just when I thought I figured out who did what...BAM! Wrong.
The only negative comment I have is that some of the things Johnny did seemed unbelievable for a 13-year-old. He drove his mom's car several times, went out after dark to scary neighborhoods, stole and carried a gun and sought out known pedophiles in the area in his search for his sister; far braver than any 13-year-old I know, even the trouble maker type.
Other than that I thought it was great. I loved that I couldn't predict anything even when I tried. There were so many twists and turns and things occurring that my head was spinning. In a good way :)
Do I Recommend?
5/5 Because I love when books are too good to put down.
Other Bloggers' Reviews of This Book:
Book Notes by Lisa
The Printed Page
Reading the Leaves
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