The Hush By John Hart


The only writer in history to win consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel, New York Times bestselling author John Hart returns to the world of his most beloved novel, The Last Child

Building on the world first seen in The Last Child (“A magnificent creation” —The Washington Post), John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world, rarely seen.

It’s been ten years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon’s life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; the fascination remains. Living alone on six thousand acres of once-sacred land, Johnny’s only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They’re not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home; he senses darkness and hunger, an intractable intent. Johnny will discuss none of it, but there are the things he knows, the things he can do. A lesser friend might accept such abilities as a gift, but Jack has felt what moves in the swamp: the cold of it, the unspeakable fear.

More than an exploration of friendship, persistence, and forgotten power, The Hush leaves all categories behind, and cements Hart’s status as a writer of unique power.


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 impressed!

The story may be strange and out of my genre but it was so compelling I could not stop reading. I fell for Johnny during The Last Child. He is a character which begs to be saved. Jack tries so hard to be there for him through thick and thin. There are some things Jack just cannot save him from.

The characters, the story, the mystery, all of these come together to create a page turner, an edge of your seat read….all the cliches fit this book! If done properly, this book would make a great movie!

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.

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1 Response to The Hush By John Hart

  1. David Wilson (yes that's my real name) says:

    John Hart is very worldly and experienced so I am a bit surprised that his books revolve largely around small town and country living but I suppose it’s gratifying to know that he favors the simpler things in life. I have found past books a bit gritty (a personal thing…I don’t deny for a second that they are well written) but this be seems to be a departure from his usual suspense thriller. I have yet to read it but my wife just got a copy (albeit somewhat late) so given your review and other favorable reviews I’ll give it a read.

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