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The Last ChildThe Last Child by John Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I could not put this book down! It was a riveting thriller about a twin whose sister disappears and the whole disintegration of the family and the ripples in the town. Johnny Merrimon will not stop looking for his sister, Alyssa, who vanished one year ago. His father is gone too- fallout from the blame his mother cast on him for being late to pick his daughter up. What was so freakish about this book were the characters, especially Johnny. He is smart and single minded in his purpose to find his sister. There is a detective, Clyde Hunt, who keeps checking on John and his mother, but he doesn't trust anyone anymore so Johnny is not sharing anything. But in one year, his mother has turned to alcohol and drugs and turned her back on Johnny. The house is lost and Ken is the landlord and abuser of Johnny and his mom. This book is a roller coaster ride that will take the reader to many scary places and sick characters. But there are also other characters you will root for- Jack (Johnny's best friend) and Levi Freemantle (a prison escapee who might hold the key to finding Alyssa)and you will not want to put this book down until the very last page.

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