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, Suspense, Thriller

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 ...
  • 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 his relationship with his childhood best friend, Jack. There is a lot of land at stake but what's on the land is what makes it invaluable, haunting and frightening. This land, Hush Arbor, was a land where slaves died and Johnny's ancestors owned. John...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 mor...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brenda
    This is a tough review to write. I love John Hart's previous books, but this one was difficult for me. As is typical for this author, the prose is wonderful and the characters are well-drawn. The setting plays a huge part, and I was right there in the swamp. I’ve even had the experience of finding a campsite in the woods behind our house and then realizing I had walked in a huge circle and just approached our campsite from a different direction...
  • Zoe
    Dark, haunting, and unpredictable!The Hush takes us back to into the lives of Johnny Merrimon and Jack Cross 10 years after we first met them in The Last Child as they face a journey of survival against resentment, jealousy, legal woes, the wilderness, and the unsettled skeletons and secrets of the past.The writing is gloomy and exceptional descriptive. The characters are steadfast, scarred, and lonely. And the plot, which seems to be heading to...
  • 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...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    3.5 rounded to 4 starsJohnny Merrimon must have been murmuring in the back of John Hart's mind. Now, nine years later we resort back to a character from his 2009 book . This time Johnny is an adult. He is trying to live down the hype from his childhood. He has secreted himself away in the Hush - a large wooded area not too far from his hometown. Not too far, but far enough, and large enough to hide. The Hush is known as a sacred Indian grounds. ...
  • Fred Shaw
    I really enjoy John Hart’s books, partly because his writing is so extraordinary and the other reason is their location, North Carolina, where I grew up. John writes about a book a year and the product he always seems to turn out is worthy of the best. The Hush is, in my opinion, is his finest so far. It is the compelling story of 6000 acres, 1/2 swamp, in eastern North Carolina called the Hush Arbor. The land is believed to have magic and many...
  • Bam
    A big departure for John Hart with this second book about Johnny and Jack set ten years after the events in The Last Child--he has written this one with a big helping of magical-realism. Johnny prefers to live alone in a cabin in the Hush. There's some sort of magic here...or is it evil? Grown men go in and never come out, or if they do, they may have lost their sanity. Sincere thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the opportunity to ...
  • Tammy
    Something sinister this way comes!
  • 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...
  • Karen
    “That’s exactly how childhood with Johnny had ended, not in quietness and time, but in a sudden rush of secrets and death and superstitious dread.”Building on the award-winning The Last Child, we meet up again with friends Johnny and Jack ten years later in The Hush. Set in North Carolina swamp country, this thriller does not disappoint. Hart’s choice of time and place picks up from The Last Child exactly where it should in these young me...
  • 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...
  • RoseMary Achey
    A very different format that John Hart's previous work The Hush is heavily dependent on the supernatural. More magical realism than thriller-it was a struggle for me to finish this book. Although Hart is a good storyteller, this particular story just did not make a great deal of sense.
  • Marilyn C.
    3.5 Stars
  • Judy Collins
    4.5 Stars Review to follow.