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- Print Length: 429 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (February 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074DZ8BT5
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Praise for The Hush
“Ambitious and surprising... an engrossing, cumulatively disturbing narrative that encompasses murder, magic, madness, betrayal and obsessive, undying love. The result is unlike anything Hart has done before.” ―Washington Post
"A testament to friendship, an exploration of family, a meditation on slavery and its legacy, a lament on the prison of the past ― and a grisly and gritty ghost story ― The Hush displays Hart at his best. With richly imagined characters and depth of ingenuity, Hart forges a thoughtful and disturbing novel, one that delivers shocks in his story and joy in his storytelling. The author, who splits his time between North Carolina and Virginia, builds on his trademark take on the literary Southern gothic; the result is his most powerful work yet, one that plants a flag at the intersection where William Faulkner and Stephen King meet in unexpected harmony." ―Richmond Times-Dispatch
"[Hart] ranks right along with John Grisham and other outstanding writers of legal thrillers. And “The Hush” is, in part, a gripping legal thriller ― but it is also a lot more.... Once again, Hart has given us not only a thriller of the highest order, but also a story about loyalty, friendship, family and love." ―Greensboro News & Record
"Chandler himself would be a big fan of John Hart for reasons clearly on display in The Hush... Like Chandler, Hart is a brilliant novelist as well as mystery writer, a lyrical wordsmith as comfortable turning a phrase as tension-riddled screws." ―Providence Journal
“Hart’s career continues on its ever upward trajectory: five books, five NYT bestsellers, two Edgars, and steadily growing critical acclaim… [He] makes it six for six here, and behind this uncanny string of success is a rare ability to combine the most propulsive of popular fiction with beguilingly rich characters. The track record is enough on its own, but this time the idea of a sequel to a popular previous novel will have Hart’s fans squirming in anticipation." ―Booklist (starred review)
"Hart proves his reputation as an Edgar Award–winning wordsmith is well-deserved." ―Library Journal
"Ambitious and inventive, The Hush brings to mind the work of a wide range of authors, including William Faulkner, John Grisham, and Michael Koryta. Besides his winning cast of human characters, Hart manages to bring Raven County and its environs to vivid life, imbuing it with a dark personality all its own. A worthy sequel to the outstanding The Last Child..." ―Mystery Scene
"Hart continues to deepen his palette in this ambitious sequel, which is distinctive enough in story and tone to be read as a stand-alone. Recommended for fans of Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island and Tom Franklin's Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter." ―Library Journal
"[Hart's writing is masterful and his books among the best." ―Reviewing the Evidence
"Although I seem never to have time to read, I am a helpless addict when a new book by John Hart is published. I’ve read every one with great pleasure. He’s the only author ever to win Best Novel Edgars back to back, though I wouldn’t have complained if he’d won five in a row.... The Hush is a combination mystery, thriller, psychological suspense, and horror story, all neatly meshed by this master storyteller." ―Otto Penzler, Favorite Book of March 2018, The Mysterious Bookshop (New York, NY)
"Boy, what a story! Haven’t read Hart’s previous work but am intrigued now about The Last Child. I raced through this. Found it thrilling, interesting, pulse increasing....pushed all the other books vying for my attention to one side and focused on this." ―Jayne Guitart, Westwinds Bookstore (Duxbury, MA)
"I tried. I really, really tried to read John Hart’s latest masterpiece slowly as to savor every word, but to no avail. The Hush is too captivating, too thrilling and simply an amazing feat of storytelling. I started reading at 4 and finished by 9. I marvel at John's talents." ―Sally Brewster, Park Road Books (Charlotte, NC)
"John Hart is UNSTOPPABLE! He is a master storyteller and his latest is no exception! He keeps me up at night! The Hush continues the saga of Johnny Merrimon and his friend Jack from The Last Child. Ten years have passed since the drama of that story and more evil awaits Johnny and Jack. A mesmerizing tale that you have to read!! Loved it!!!!" ―Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette Books (Fairhope, AL)
Praise for John Hart
“John Hart can flat-out write.” ―David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Hart is still far too young for The Last Child to be called a crowning achievement, but the novel’s ambition, emotional breadth, and maturity make it an early masterpiece in a career that continues to promise great things.” ―The Washington Post
“Edgar Award winning John Hart cements his status as one of America’s premier novelists.” ―The Providence Journal
"With his trademark strength and deep insight, John Hart rolls out another masterpiece." ― Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
'I love the richness of his stories and the paths this characters chose to in fact achieve some kind of redemption for the powerless." ― Sheryl Cotleur, Cooperfield's Books
"There’s a magic in his work...Hart creates characters your heart bleeds for...thoroughly worth a slow, attentive read." - Raleigh News & Observer
"Hart proves once again that great thriller writers can also be great novelists, and he’s one of the very best in both categories. The lyrical beauty of Hart’s writing contrasts beautifully with the sordid despair that roils his characters." ―Providence Journal on Redemption Road
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THE HUSH was hard to put down; like all of Hart's books, this one is exceptionally rich in place and atmosphere, with a riveting story that keeps you turning the pages. However, while all his previous books have been mysteries, I'd say that this one is more of a horror story (think Stephen King or Dean Koontz), and I'm not a fan of that genre... so I must say that, while I enjoyed reading every page, overall I didn't care much for this book... it even diminished THE LAST CHILD in my mind, which is a shame. If you like horror, however, I can recommend this highly... but do start with THE LAST CHILD.
I pre-ordered this book and eagerly awaited its arrival. I saved it for my spring break go-to read, and wish I hadn't. The Hush takes a sharp departure from all of his previous novels (which I adored and recommended to friends). This book takes a supernatural turn which makes no sense and often leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. It keeps you waiting and waiting for explanations, and many of them never come. By the time I was half way through, I seriously debated putting it down and switching to something else. I powered through hoping for the "old John Hart's" writing to show up, and it never did. I'll give him one more shot on his next book to return to the amazing writing from Redemption Road/Iron House/Down River/King of Lies (which are all great reads by the way), but if he continues to write supernatural stuff I'll probably never buy another one.
The bottom line - if you're looking for John Hart's usual stuff (which is REALLY good), don't waste your time with the Hush.
Strangely -- fittingly -- only the friendships of men are examined, while the connections between women remain deeper and stronger, darker and mysterious, beyond analysis. I think only a man could have told this story this way -- with equal parts fear and fascination, insights far different than a woman might have offered. This is a book I already look forward to reading again.
Top international reviews
The Hush is not straightforwardly a crime novel. It has bigger things to explore and say. It's obviously not to everyone's tastes but what is.
I have read all John Hart’s mystery novels and enjoyed them, most of all The Last Child which I loved. I was pleased to learn that The Hush would revisit the two 13 year old boys, Johnny and James, ten years after the events of The Last Child. I was anxious to learn what was happening with these two devoted childhood friends.
The first part of the book worked well for me as it focused on Johnny and James and their present life. However, the author took a risk in bringing in supernatural elements. I don’t mind some magical realism in a story, but it just got more overwrought and outrageous. I did not care for the shifting, confusing and eerie landscape of the Hush which caused terror in those who survived. I
I did not care for its ghosts, its walking dead, or visions of the past. I thought the characters of the young men were strong enough to center the story around them without bringing in all the hoodoo weirdness. That would make a whole new volume, and I felt it belonged in a separate, different book. As it was, I felt The Hush lacked cohesiveness and rather than feeling suspense, the paranormal slowed it down for me and I just wanted it to end. I failed to fear the terror. Instead of scaring me, the malevolent forces induced a state of boredom.
I would certainly read further books by the author, and hope for more about Johnny and James in a regular setting without all the mystical weirdness. I hope this is not the direction the author is heading. He is too great a writer for that.
Ici, Hart glisse progressivement du thriller psychologique pur à un récit surnaturel très bien écrit.
Les personnages, comme toujours, sont puissamment campés et l'aspect surnaturel de l'histoire s'imbrique à la perfection aux événements de The last child.
I expected a John Hart novel which would live up to my expectations of a well written, believable thought provoking crime / murder mystery.
Instead I got a supernatural / zombie / vampire / ghost novel.
Sorry, John Hart, I will no longer automatically be buying any future novels you write. I will do my homework and will first read the other reviews, and star ratings.