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.
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