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Most Helpful Favorable Review

23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

A CLASSIC!

I will never forget this book and it's characters. It has touched my heart like no book has in many years. Hart writes just as each character would speak or think and sometimes that takes you past the edge of sanity. Sometimes the person simply has to escape the pain, ...
I will never forget this book and it's characters. It has touched my heart like no book has in many years. Hart writes just as each character would speak or think and sometimes that takes you past the edge of sanity. Sometimes the person simply has to escape the pain, physical and emotional. I was able to get into the characters so completely that I could almost smell poor Levi.

Reading some of the reviews for this book I have to wonder if they read the same book I did! Several reviewers name The Last Child,but they're not correct! You have to wait until the end of the book to learn who it is. This is a wonderful book. One to keep & treasure. I will never forget Johnny & Jack and of course Levi,that lovely simple minded man. Thank you John Hart

posted by CarolHND on January 21, 2010

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13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Hart Misses Badly and Disappoints With His Third Effort

As a huge fan of John Hart, following his debut with King of Lies, I raced to obtain and read Down River. Those two reads etched the name John Hart in my brain under the heading "Favorite Writers". I looked forward to The Last Child for months and cannot express how di...
As a huge fan of John Hart, following his debut with King of Lies, I raced to obtain and read Down River. Those two reads etched the name John Hart in my brain under the heading "Favorite Writers". I looked forward to The Last Child for months and cannot express how disappointed I am with both the story and the writing. Many of my criticisms, even if general, would give away the essence of this story so I will refrain from too much of that here. It would be unfair to those of you who will go on and read it anyway. And you should, because you need to form your own opinion if Hart's previous two books thrilled you as much as it did me. However, I will tell you that this writing is not nearly as reader-friendly as Hart's first two novels. I found myself re-reading some passages just to try and understand what was happening, or to follow the story line, or even to figure out which character was speaking. Too many key characters were badly underdeveloped and their plights or the successes of the heroes unearthing (literally) their misdeeds failed to tap into the emotions of this reader. Twists and turns were expected, but none of them led or built up to a thrilling conclusion. What can a reader call a thriller that has no thrill but a disappointment.

posted by Brewer on May 18, 2009

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    Hart Misses Badly and Disappoints With His Third Effort

    As a huge fan of John Hart, following his debut with King of Lies, I raced to obtain and read Down River. Those two reads etched the name John Hart in my brain under the heading "Favorite Writers". I looked forward to The Last Child for months and cannot express how disappointed I am with both the story and the writing. Many of my criticisms, even if general, would give away the essence of this story so I will refrain from too much of that here. It would be unfair to those of you who will go on and read it anyway. And you should, because you need to form your own opinion if Hart's previous two books thrilled you as much as it did me. However, I will tell you that this writing is not nearly as reader-friendly as Hart's first two novels. I found myself re-reading some passages just to try and understand what was happening, or to follow the story line, or even to figure out which character was speaking. Too many key characters were badly underdeveloped and their plights or the successes of the heroes unearthing (literally) their misdeeds failed to tap into the emotions of this reader. Twists and turns were expected, but none of them led or built up to a thrilling conclusion. What can a reader call a thriller that has no thrill but a disappointment.

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