The Hush: A Novel

The Hush: A Novel

by John Hart


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Set in the world of his most beloved novel The Last Child (“A magnificent creation” —The Washington Post), John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world, rarely seen.

"Hart evokes that surreal landscape with a power and economy worthy of the great British horror novelist Ramsey Campbell." —Washington Post

New York Times bestseller

It’s been ten years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon’s life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; the fascination remains. Living alone on six thousand acres of once-sacred land, Johnny’s only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They’re not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home; he senses darkness and hunger, an intractable intent. Johnny will discuss none of it, but there are the things he knows, the things he can do. A lesser friend might accept such abilities as a gift, but Jack has felt what moves in the swamp: the cold of it, the unspeakable fear.

More than an exploration of friendship, persistence, and forgotten power, The Hush leaves all categories behind, and cements Hart's status as a writer of unique power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250012289
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 60,118
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JOHN HART is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, Iron House, Redemption Road, and The Hush. The only author in history to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel consecutively, John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages and can be found in more than seventy countries.

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The Hush 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done young man. You do history justice
Anonymous 11 months ago
A great read and a real page turner. Didn’t want to put the book down. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected, but the book was still good.
Sobryan More than 1 year ago
John Hart has set a high bar with “The Hush,” an intense journey through one man’s private hell. From the first page when we are re-acquainted with tree-perching Johnny Merrimon, who we first met in “The Last Child,” readers are in for a treat that involves past ghosts, present demons and future mysteries. Johnny and his childhood friend Jack have secrets that others are dying to know. Some would give anything, including sex, to learn the secrets surrounding Johnny’s heroic efforts 10 years earlier. Others are dying in the swamps and forest that Johnny now calls home. And Jack, well, he’s got in the middle between trying to protect his friend and save his own life. To say more about the plot would be cruel to the readers. They need to read – and feel – the power of the Hush Arbor. In my opinion, this is the author’s best novel. Hart writes with a style that draws readers into the heart of his story and characters. This author never disappoints with his superb storytelling!
357800 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Oh the "power" of THE HUSH! 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 with secrets he intends to keep no matter the matter who else stakes a claim. THE HUSH is filled with misty swampland and dangerous forests where many go in but do not come out....where you THINK you know the way....where the mysterious happens causing haunted dreams from tortured spirits of long ago. LOVE the creepy place where John Hart takes us on this we travel the land in the midst of a presence who wants us search of truth. "There is such magic in the world."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, who really wrote this? If Mr Hart did, perhaps he needs a vacation!!! I have read everything he has written and this is so beneath his talent. !!Sorry can't recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book and was excited to read the second book. It was so different from the first. John hart is amazing writer and thats the only reason I got as far in the book as I did. This is not giving any of the plot away but Johnny is beaten and heals within 5 days. Beaten with a crushed eye socket and broken bones. If you like supernatural and john hart you will love this book. If you expected a sequel and a great mystery you will be very disappointed like I was. Could not even finish the book!
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
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 towards a legal thriller in the first half of the novel quickly veers into a story of tortured spirits, dark magic, and supernatural phenomenon. I have to say that die-hard fans of John Hart may be a little disappointed in this latest outing which doesn’t leave you on the edge-of-your-seat or delve into the complex nature of the human psyche as we’ve come to associate with his novels. There’s no question that Hart is an incredibly evocative writer, and although The Hush really didn’t work for me if you can approach it with an open mind and enjoy stories steeped in magical realism you may just love it.
Alfoster More than 1 year ago
I love John Hart and now wish I'd read The Last Child before I read this one. I was intrigued from the start as Johnny and Jack have such an interesting friendship and clearly ties that bind them because of their past. But I struggled a little as the novel wore on as I just wanted to know the secrets of the area and what could cause such terror and disbelief in those that encountered the swamp. But Hart is such a talented writer that I knew I would persevere and be rewarded in the end. And it didn't disappoint! Although it's over 400 pages, it's worth the read as it blends the supernatural, the unforgiving nature of the wild, and very human but fallible characters in their quest for the truth.
Bookwormmommyof3 More than 1 year ago
I appreciated the magical world created by John Hart. I've never read a John Hart novel before and noticed the excitement that comes from his fans when a new one comes out. The magical world he created in this book is extraordinary and it pulls you in. It was interesting to learn about the life of solitude cultivated by Johnny Merrimon. You attempt to learn about the present story and crave the past because it is what has built the main character. The book delves into the past and present in a unique way and you learn about the cultivated bond between our main character and his old friend Jack. The world that surrounds Johnny is magical beyond belief and you definitely didn't want this story to end. I appreciated the exploration of friendship, being taken into a world that my own mind could have never thought of, and the connection between a person's past and present, and what it may bring to their future. Thank you Netgalley & St. Martin's Press for an advanced e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
jdowell More than 1 year ago
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 page until I found out what was happening. John Hart is such an excellent writer. I've read all his novels and every one was well written. 5 stars for this one - I loved it! Thanks so much to John Hart and St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy.
bamcooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Aqswr More than 1 year ago
Two best friends since childhood now live starkly different adult lives: one beginning his first year as an attorney in a top-notch law firm, the other living hermit-like in a huge piece of contested land. The land, called The Hush, was given to Johnny’s family before the Revolution, his ancestor in turn deeded acres of it to a freed slave until the last male descendant died and then it would revert back to the original family. It has reverted back, although a female descendant of the freed slave is appealing. The book starts out seeming like a legal contest between families. Are they fighting about a piece of Eden or about potential vast wealth? Slowly the tale becomes twitchy and mysterious. There’s more going on in that swamp than we could imagine. This is a great story about things that go bump in the night, rippling through our unconscious and stirring our dreams. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Hush by John Hart is a highly recommended thriller. It is also a sequel to 2009's The Last Child, although it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Johnny Merrimon and Jack Cross are back. It's been ten years since the events from The Last Child (Johnny became a national celebrity after capturing the man responsible for murdering his sister Alyssa and their father). Johnny, now 23, is living a solitary life on the six thousand acres called Hush Arbor in North Carolina. He struggles to keep his life private, despite the fact that a book has been written about what happened when he was thirteen. Jack is now an attorney and has returned to Raven County to practice law. He and Johnny still have an unbreakable bond and connection to each other. Johnny has been fighting a legal battle to keep the land that he inherited five years ago. Cree Freemantle, a young woman who also has a claim to the land, is challenging him legally for ownership of the property. Johnny won the initial suit, but the case has now reached the appellate court. Johnny is land rich, but cash poor and he needs Jack to help him fight the legal battle for the property. Jack wants to help Johnny, and tries to arrange a more qualified attorney on a pro bono basis to handle the appeal. But he also senses an unseen menace and feels like there is something dark and sinister living in Hush Arbor. He also questions Johnny's ability to heal so quickly. There is no doubt that Hart has written a very compelling novel in The Hush. The quality of the writing is excellent. The setting is described picture-perfect, creating an atmospheric setting for what soon heads down the path of magic realism and a supernatural presence. It does start out rather slow, but soon events take off, violently. There is some shifting back and forth in time in the narrative as characters connect to others who lived in the past. "There is no normal in the Hush. There is only story and magic." I haven't read The Last Child, although I'd like to after reading The Hush. While it is true that this novel can be enjoyed without reading the previous novel, in some ways I feel like I would have enjoyed The Last Child more than The Hush. Once the novel headed down the magic supernatural dark forces path along with the tie-in to events that happened in the 1850's, I began to question why I was reading it. Still, it is a satisfying story and well written, which matters a great deal to me. I didn't particularly like the ending, but it does bring the story to a conclusion. 3.5 rounded up Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of St. Martin's Press.