The Hush

The Hush


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.

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  • Melissa

    If, like me, you were completely enamored with Johnny and Jack from The Last Child, here’s your chance to find out where time and space has landed the childhood friends. Be warned though, this might...

  • Karen

    4.5Ok y’all, Johnny and Jack are back! Ten years have passed since the tragedies in The Last Child, and their bond of friendship is as tight as ever. Jack is now a lawyer and Johnny owns a lot of la...

  • Diane S ?

    4.5 Ten years have passed since the last time readers heard from John Merriman and Jack. John now as an adult lives a solitary life in a cabin he built, on the land he loves. He sees few, but he and J...

  • Jen

    Hush reader - don't say a word. I wish I could tell you don't be afraid, but I can't. You should be.Hart delivers an undeniable, intriguing sequel to The Last Child. Johnny's story continues as does h...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Hush is now available! I am slow to read synopses. I often skip them, or at the least, forget them once I pick up a book. I rely on authors I love, reviews from friends, and sometimes I can't resi...

  • Debra

    Well, that was not what I was expecting.....but I really enjoyed it. I did not read "The Last Child" and found that this book worked well as a stand-alone novel for me. Although, I was not privy to th...

  • Norma

    3.5 stars 🌟 The Hush is the second book to John Hart’s The Last Child which we also did as a Sisters Read not too long ago.  We read The Hush with three of our Traveling Sisters and we were all ...

  • Kendall

    I was so thrilled to get my hands on an advanced arc of John Hart's new novel! I loved The Last Child and could not wait to catch up with good ol Johnny and Jack. The Hush is a little different then w...

  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.What is the truth of Hush Arbor?  A mist rises through the trees, shimmering and glimmering with tricks of light.  And of movement.  The vast ...

  • Linda

    Water Moccasin, Copperhead, Black Swamp Water.It's all there churning in the underbelly of Hush Arbor in Raven County. The Last Child redux. John Hart sets down the characters of Johnny Merrimon and J...