THE LAST CHILD, by John Hart

Another grim and gripping story by the master of  the “contemporary Southern bleak” genre, this one about the twisted, crumbling lives of the survivors of abducted twelve year-old Alyssa Merrimon. Johnny, her fraternal twin, is only one of several obsessed with finding her, including his mother and a strung-out cop. Hart is in that group of writers who won’t insert a single smile in his novels; be prepared to be exhausted and, at the end of the complicated tale, for a horrific surprise. It’s a well-worth-reading 4.