The Last Child by John Hart

from Goodreads:

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search. What he finds is a city with an underbelly far blacker than anyone could’ve imagined— and somewhere in the depths of it all, with the help of his only friend and a giant of a man with his own strange past, Johnny, at last, finds the terrible truth.

Detective Clyde Hunt has devoted an entire year to Alyssa’s case, and it shows: haunted and sleepless, he’s lost his wife and put his shield at risk. But he can’t put the case behind him—he won’t—and when another girl goes missing, the failures of the past year harden into iron determination. Refusing to lose another child, Hunt knows he has to break the rules to make the case; and maybe, just maybe, the missing girl will lead him to Alyssa…

Intense, that is only one word needed to describe this book.  Hart grabs your interest, and doesn’t let it go until the very last page.  I feel like every book I have reviewed I tell you that I read it in two days, well here’s another one.  I couldn’t put this book down.  My husband is a slow reader, but he finished it in 3 or 4 days.

I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people that’s constantly trying to figure the story out.  I got to a certain point in this book and just knew that I had it all figured out.  Boy, was I wrong!

Johnny thinks his sister’s abduction case has gone cold, but his investigation was on-going.   Mr. Hart shows us just how resourceful this 13 year-old boy could be.  Believe it or not, I choose to believe it, there are thirteen-year-olds out there in the real world that are this resourceful.  I certainly wasn’t this brave at thirteen.

I’ve mentioned before that we like shows like NCIS, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, The Mentalist, etc.  This could very well have been an episode on any one of these shows.

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