I just got home from my mystery book group night and we had such a good talk. We read The Last Child by John Hart which generated a lot of discussion about parenting, drugs, kids in distress, etc. At first you would have thought everyone hated the book.
We pick it apart for the unbelievable coincidences, the inept police force and the superhero qualities the young protagonist seems to have but finally when we went around giving out personal ratings it seems that almost everyone actually loved it! We had a good laugh about that.
The story centers on a Johnny, a thirteen year old, who is on a personal crusade to find out what happened to his sister who went missing a year ago. His mother has all but fallen apart and is now mainly in a drug-induced haze to know much of what he is up to but there is one detective that won’t give up on finding Johnny’s sister.
I was very excited to read the book and think some parts worked well. I actually liked how the ending came out when we finally know what happened to Johnny’s sister but on the whole I did not like the book very much. I had a hard time feeling sympathy for the mom and I couldn’t believe all that Johnny accomplishes given he’s only thirteen. Like I said, most of the members in the group loved the book and it is a page turner and an Edgar winner so you may enjoy it.
Our upcoming selections include All Our Yesterday’s by Robert B. Parker, then The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (which I’ve already read & loved), and followed by The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill. I think I’m most excited by the Cotterill book as the mystery is set in Laos so that’ll be something a bit different for me.
Let me know if you’ve read a good mystery lately. I need to start thinking about books to nominate at our next meeting.