The Hush

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 27 Feb 2018

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I'm a little torn over reviewing The Hush. The Last Child has been one of my favorite books with such real life, interesting characters and page turning suspense that when I heard of the sequel I went back and reread it. I believe I would of enjoyed the newest story The Hush more if I wasn't comparing it to The Last Child. In The Hush, Hart leans more toward the supernatural and slowly weaves a story from generations past. Although it involves the same characters everything else is so different from the first novel. I did enjoy the book and revisiting Johnny was a pleasure but it wasn't quite the novel I was looking for.
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I was happy to see that John Hart decided to return to the characters of his previous book, The Last Child. The Hush takes place 10 years after the events of The Last Child. We are re-introduced to beloved characters like Johnny Merrimon, Jack Cross and Clyde Hunt. The events of The Last Child play a small part in The Hush, but it is not necessary to read one to enjoy the other.

After the traumatic events of his childhood, Johnny Merrimon retreats into his 6,000 acre property, Hush Arbor. Best friend Jack and Step Father Clyde try to bring Johnny back into the real world, but The Hush has other ideas.

The writing is excellent, tense and atmospheric. The bend towards the...

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John Hart is a fantastic writer, but this book was quite a bit different from his other novels - which I thought were outstanding. Although this was a follow-up to “The Last Child” (which I loved), “The Hush” didn’t really seem like a continuation of that story even though the same characters were present in both. While there are mysteries to be resolved, the most significant of those involve supernatural and mystical elements. Depending on readers’ preferences and expectations, this aspect may influence whether they choose to read “The Hush.” One of the things I appreciate about Hart’s books is his propulsive storytelling and that was somewhat lacking in this book. However, the writing...

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Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

John Hart is a master storyteller. This book is a follow up to "The Child" where Hart tells us what happens with best friends Johnny Merrimon and Jack Cross. Hart takes the reader on an unexpected journey filled with eerie secrets and magic like no one else can. You will think you know what is about to happen, but will end up surprised. The backdrop for the story really adds to the creepyness of this book and helps you really see the storyline unfold. Fans of the author will thoroughly enjoy this book!
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The Hush follows on from John Hart’s excellent, The Last Child. Johnny Merrimon is now an adult and although he owns several thousand acres in Hush Arbor, North Carolina, called The Hush, he is cash poor. He has a strong connection with the land and although he still meets with his childhood friend Jack for monthly dinners, he is something of a recluse.
People who venture onto his land either mysteriously die or go somewhat insane. When an old nemeses of Johnny’s, a wealthy game hunter, dies on his land, the law is after Johnny for the murder.
There is a lot of mysticism in this novel, something I don’t usually like, but Hart’s prose is so evocative that one can’t help being drawn into...

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Johnny and Jack have been best friends forever and have been through more than most friends. Check out The Last Child for more information about their past. Johnny has chosen to be a hermit and live on his land called Hush Arbor. Strange things occur on Hush Arbor. These strange things land Johnny in a mess of trouble.

Well….this is different! Really different! I think this book is classified wrong. It is classified as general fiction. I think it is more thriller/horror/fantasy. It really could fall into all those categories. I have been a fan of John Hart for a very long time. He took a chance with this book. But, it does show a unique, creative side of his mind. And I am thoroughly...

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Good solid follow up to The Last Child. As always John Hart’s writing is beautiful and poetic. It was as nice to catch up with Johnny.
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I’ve been a fan of John Hart’s novels for years, ever since I read his gripping thriller The Last Child so I was beyond excited to get approved for an ARC of his latest novel, The Hush. My excitement grew even more once I started reading and realized that The Hush actually revisits the characters and landscape that I fell in love with in The Last Child.

The Hush takes place ten years after the horrifying events that rocked the lives of both thirteen-year-old Johnny Merrimon and the rest of the folks who lived in Johnny’s hometown. Over the years, even though he has shied away from the spotlight, people have written books and tried to exploit Johnny’s story, so whether he wants the...

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I have really enjoyed John Hart’s other books in the past, but this was a real dud for me. But don’t take my word for it. There are so many enthusiastic reviews. The things that irked me clearly didn’t irk many other readers. But, oh boy, at times how irked I felt!

Here are my top three complaints:

-I don’t particularly like books that rely on magic and supernatural events. Had I known that the plot is entirely dependent on unexplainable events and history conveyed through dreams and ghosts, I hope I would have had the common sense to stay away despite how much I’ve enjoyed Hart’s books in the past. I kept hoping the supernatural aspects of the book would die down or be explained away...

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John Hart knows how to write a story and what a story he weaves. So much different than his other books, this is a follow up to The Last Child, but with only a few scattered references, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. The story intrigued me even though I’m not a big fan of the mystical, paranormal realm, and kept me going until about 75% of the way through, at that point it all became a little too much for me as I pushed through to the finish. Hart took a risk with this one and while I know it will work well for others, it just didn’t work for me. It pains me to say that as I am a big fan of Hart’s writing and previous books. Nevertheless, I’m glad I took a chance and read...

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Thx to Netgalley, St Martins Press and John Hart for this ARC. This is an honest review. After reading his “Redemption” I was hooked on this author. Read “The Last Child” and was  anxious to read “ The Hush”. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the continuing story of Johnny and a Jack, now as adults. It did start off a bit slow for me but when it finally picked up, I was all in ! A bit of mystical magic in the hush,  that will have its reader wandering in circles...The enjoyed the undying friendship of these two characters.
Definitely a different world in the Hush, but wonderful story
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I don't remember The Last Child but this book held up as a stand alone as well. Johnny lives in the Hush, its a strange and powerful place where people have been going missing for years and there is a strange presence that allows Johnny to feel connected to the earth, and heal from wounds almost instantly.

There is mystery and history to this land that goes back to when Johnny's ancestors owned it and slaves. The land was transferred to a slave family and has since reverted back to Johnny when the last male heir to that family died and he is fighting to keep it with the help of his best friend Jack.

After an important person goes missing the sheriff, whose had a beef with...

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Johnny Merrimon has a problem. Someone is trying to take away his land. It’s not just any plot—-actually thousands of acres of pristine North Carolina forest and swamp land—but rather has magical properties (as does Johnny) and has been in his family for many generations. But, someone else has laid claim. A quirk in the deed that just might transfer the property to a previously unknown sole descendent of the family Johnny’s ancestor had allowed to take possession until no descendant remained alive. But is this the true sole survivor? Who else has a horse in the race? And why? The law in murky even to his old friend attorney Jack Cross. Lines are drawn. Deadly lines. This story has many...

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I love most of what John Hart has written as they are usually tense whodunnits. The Hush strays from being a straight sequel to The Last Child, takes Hart’s typical thrillers and incorporates mystical happenings into the story of what has happened to Johnny Merrimon in the ten years since we last saw him. This is one heck of a ghost/love/redemption story
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Author John Hart ranks among my top 5 storytellers, my favorite novel of his being The Last Child, an Edgar Award winner and near perfect book. I was among the many overjoyed readers to receive a NetGalley advance reading copy of Hart's newest offering, The Hush. Advertised as a sequel to The Last Child, the novel demanded my attention. The descriptions of the lush but unforgiving backcountry was there. The main characters from the first novel, ten years older, still demonstrated their individual quirks and firm loyalty to each other. The plot, like The Last Child, covered complex topics and relationships. However, the main character, in the end, was Hush Arbor, a harsh landscape of...

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Gripping! I couldn't put this one down. John Hart brings back the Johnny and Jack from The Lost Child with a supernatural twist tied to the land and racial history. What is going on in Hush Arbor? Why do people disappear there? What evil lurks in the swamp?

The tension builds gradually throughout the book and sucks you into the lives of Johnny and Jack. I tried to make this book last longer - I really did - but I couldn't help turning page after page until I found out what was happening. John Hart is such an excellent writer. I've read all his novels and every one was well written. 5 stars for this one - I loved it!

Thanks so much to John Hart and St. Martin's Press...

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A little disappointed, The Hush is not a typical John Hart book. If you enjoy paranormal and a bit of magic, this book may be for you.
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John Hart gets better from book to book.  This complex tale of betrayal and ambition is rich and compelling from first sentence to last.
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Interesting book....John Hart does great characters
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Having read all of John Hart's past books, I was particularly excited to receive an ARC for his latest. However, I ended up being quite disappointed. While I am a bit of a fan of magical realism, it was so off the mark of what I expected from a John Hart book that I did not enjoy it. Too much description and not enough character development, with the last 25% being so long and flowery, I just wanted it to be over. My apologies but thank you for the copy.
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