The Hush by John Hart

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 ChildBuilding 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 ho...

Details The Hush

TitleThe Hush
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Suspense

Reviews The Hush

  • 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 not be what you had in mind when you thought about a follow-up.From the suspense driven whodunnit of The Last Child, to a mystery swathed in magical realism, it’s safe to say, John Hart took a bit of a risk with The Hush. If you’re not a reader ...
  • 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 land left to him from his fathers side and within that land is The Hush where he lives his solitary life in a small cabin. Sinister things happen here due to events of the past! Very very sinister things!John Hart never disappoints! Such a great storyt...
  • 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 Jack are still best friends. Some people find him strange and dangerous, for others he holds almost a mythical reputation.The Hush is a place like no other. Things happen here that can not be explained, and many have lost their minds, their lives, or ...
  • 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 the events of that book prior to reading this one, I felt the Author did a good job describing how close Johnny and Jack were and have been since childhood. How each feels a closeness and kinship with the other. Of course, there were references to even...
  • 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 really excited to read it as we all absolutely loved The Last Child.  We were so hoping that it would live up to all of our expectations but unfortunately we were somewhat disappointed as we didn’t think it had the same feel to it as The Last Chil...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 resist a pretty cover! In this case, John Hart. Completely John Hart. I fell hard for The Last Child when I read it a couple weeks back. It was just about the perfect book in my mind. The characters, Johnny and Jack, I don't think I've ever "met" two more devoted friends. Their po...
  • 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 what I'm used to experiencing from John Hart. I would have to say he took a little bit of a risk with this one and jumped into a paranormal/magical suspense novelishhh? I absolutely LOVE having a hint of magic in my novels... but I'm sorry to say that...
  • 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 swamp lies low, heavy and shifting.  The very stillness is disquieting.   A bitter old woman kneels under an ancient tree, her prayers full of spite and rancor.  Two lifelong friends share a debt that continues to weigh heavily years after the fac...
  • 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 Jack Cross, once again, in the periphery of their own natural habitats. Their friendship locks in tightly and never skips a beat even from the mysterious shooting from 10 years ago. Secrets serve as steely links in an unbreakable bond between these tw...
  • Carol
    4.5 Stars! Oh the power of THE HUSH.....and John Hart's writing! JOHN HART takes us on an unexpected eerie and magical journey in this follow-up novel to THE CHILD where we once again meet up with best buddies Johnny Merrimon and Jack Cross. All grown up now....both in their 20's, Jack with a law degree and Johnny....well, he hides out from his dark and tragic past on his beloved ancestral six thousand acres in the remote Hush Arbor, North Caroli...
  • Tucker
    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. Dependin...
  • Esil
    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 e...
  • James Zhan
    When you see that a new John Hart novel is in the worksI'm a HUGE fan of his work The Last Child and I can't wait to read more!!!
  • Patrice Hoffman
    To say that I was just plain ol' excited to see on Netgalley that John Hart had new material, then have the good fortune of being given the opportunity to read and review that new treasure would be a gross understatement. The Hush was calling my name for a while but I wanted to read it closer to the release date and especially when I had the time to dive in. I've had the pleasure of being acquainted with Hart's work and I can honestly say I've ne...
  • KC
    Johnny Merrimon has lived for years a solitary life. Housed in a cabin on his ancestor's North Carolina wooded land called the Hush, he has avoided people at all costs and any publicity stemmed from his sister's disappearance 10 years prior. An outcast and disliked by the majority of townspeople, he keeps to himself, until the land and its rightful ownership becomes questioned. Johnny enlists the help from his childhood friend, Jack, a lawyer, to...
  • Judy
    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 p...
  • Sue
    When you have to wait two years for a new John Hart book, you figure that it better be good. And when you find out that the main character is the grown up version of one of John Hart's fantastic earlier book, you know that it's going to be good. And when you read it and find out that it's one of the best books you've ever read, then the wait was worth it.THE HUSH takes the reader into the life of grown up Johnny Merrimon who we first met in the E...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Tammy
    Something sinister this way comes!
  • Beth
    Because John Hart's first five novels are all excellent, I trust him to write a winner every time. So I had high expectations for THE HUSH, his sixth.If you've read Hart's THE LAST CHILD, you will be familiar with the characters and setting in THE HUSH, although it can be read as a standalone novel. Jack and Johnny are no longer teenagers; it is now 10 years later.Sometimes, as usual, Hart's writing shines. But with THE HUSH, he has tried a new g...
  • Christina
    I appreciated the magical world created by John Hart. I've never read a John Hart novel before and noticed the excitement that comes from his fans when a new one comes out. The magical world he created in this book is extraordinary and it pulls you in. It was interesting to learn about the life of solitude cultivated by Johnny Merrimon. You attempt to learn about the present story and crave the past because it is what has built the main character...
  • Sraah
    Wow. Time truly is a flat circle.First of all, I’m beyond happy I had the chance to read this so early. This book moved me. When I’d start reading, I’d fall into such a groove and not be able to stop. John Hart is such a well versed author, he knows exactly how to keep his readers interested, how to make them care for his characters, and these are characters I’ve loved so deeply since The Last Child. This book had such scary and unnerving...
  • Kelly
    John Hart's books, although usually billed as "thrillers," are hard to label. This new one, The Hush, is no exception. It goes way beyond the reach of a standard thriller, with well-done character development, marvelous descriptive passages, and an unusual ghost story at the heart of it. A sequel of sorts for his earlier book, The Last Child, this one didn't turn out to be my favorite John Hart story, but it gets an A+ for originality and can't-p...
  • Stephanie Crowe
    JOHN HART IS UNSTOPPABLE! What a storyteller! His stories keep me up at night and The Hush was no exception! I finished at 5am.
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    The Hush by John Hart is a highly recommended thriller. It is also a sequel to 2009's The Last Child, although it can be read as a stand-alone novel.Johnny Merrimon and Jack Cross are back. It's been ten years since the events from The Last Child (Johnny became a national celebrity after capturing the man responsible for murdering his sister Alyssa and their father). Johnny, now 23, is living a solitary life on the six thousand acres called Hush ...
  • Anne
    I love John Hart and now wish I'd read The Last Child before I read this one. I was intrigued from the start as Johnny and Jack have such an interesting friendship and clearly ties that bind them because of their past. But I struggled a little as the novel wore on as I just wanted to know the secrets of the area and what could cause such terror and disbelief in those that encountered the swamp. But Hart is such a talented writer that I knew I wou...
  • Douglas Lord
    Johnny Merrimon, last seen in Hart’s The Last Child, owns 6,000 acres of land in North Cackalacky (aka “Carolina”) in a shit-kicking town where a man will beat another man “half to death over a jostled coffee.” Some of this land is good, the rest of it is *quite* bad—a swamp with a curse where “angry spirits haunted” from long-ago lynchings are still felt deeply by some. Johnny’s ability to “read” his land, to sense people a...
  • Maggie
    Scrappymags 3-word review: Supernaturally Thrilling Sequel4.5 stars All my reviews available at Genre: Mystery/Supernatural/Contemporary Fiction/Crime. A long-awaited sequel to one of my favorite books of all time, The Last Child (5 Stars). Not mandatory to read the first book but highly recommend. Shortest summary ever: It’s 10 years after tragedy and Johnny Merriman is isolating himself from unwanted fame in his 6,000 acre ...