The Hush

The Hush

The only writer in history to win consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel, New York Times bestselling author John Hart returns to the world of his most beloved novel, The Last ChildBuilding on the world first seen in The Last Child (“A magnificent creation” —The Washington Post), John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world, rarely seen. It’s been ten years since...

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The Hush Reviews

  • Karen

    4.5

    Ok y’all, Johnny and Jack are back! Ten years have passed since the tragedies in The Last Child, and their bond of friendship is as tight as ever. Jack is now a lawyer and Johnny owns a lot of land left to him from his fathers side and within that land is The Hush where he lives his solitary life in a small cabin. Sinister things happen here due to events of the past! Very very sinister things!

    John Hart never disappoints! Such a great storyteller!

    Digital galley from NetGalley and St. Martin’s

    4.5

    Ok y’all, Johnny and Jack are back! Ten years have passed since the tragedies in The Last Child, and their bond of friendship is as tight as ever. Jack is now a lawyer and Johnny owns a lot of land left to him from his fathers side and within that land is The Hush where he lives his solitary life in a small cabin. Sinister things happen here due to events of the past! Very very sinister things!

    John Hart never disappoints! Such a great storyteller!

    Digital galley from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press!

  • Diane S ☔

    4.5 Ten years have passed since the last time readers heard from John Merriman and Jack. John now as an adult lives a solitary life in a cabin he built, on the land he loves. He sees few, but he and Jack are still best friends. Some people find him strange and dangerous, for others he holds almost a mythical reputation.

    The Hush is a place like no other. Things happen here that can not be explained, and many have lost their minds, their lives, or both trying to walk through this land. For Johnny

    4.5 Ten years have passed since the last time readers heard from John Merriman and Jack. John now as an adult lives a solitary life in a cabin he built, on the land he loves. He sees few, but he and Jack are still best friends. Some people find him strange and dangerous, for others he holds almost a mythical reputation.

    The Hush is a place like no other. Things happen here that can not be explained, and many have lost their minds, their lives, or both trying to walk through this land. For Johnny it is a place of magic, things he can see and feel, things that don't seem right, but mean home to him. But his land is in danger, legally and out worldly ,there are people that want the power for themselves. The Hush has seen gross injustice, terrible deaths and a great love that unleashes a powerful persona. Can a place like this really exist? A great mix of people and their motives in this novel as well.

    Much belief must be put aside when reading this. It won me over because it was the nature of the book, the legend of the place and the experiences of the characters within this book. It was true to the story. There is violence, strange experiences, but the writing for the most part I found very powerful.

    I was pulled into the story, skepticism and all. Does some land contain traces of past violence, I believe it can, that some places have the ability to reach out to the present, whether with just uneasy feelings, or strange sightings. This writer has the amazing ability to take me to places I've never been, to fully enter this strange world he has concocted. It is also a novel about a great friendship and a family's unconditional love.

    When I am truly immersed in a book, loving what I'm reading I try to make it last as long as possible. Force myself to put it down and read something else, which is what I did with this book. This is why I am giving it five stars. All may not feel this way and I can understand that too, as I said reality must be suspended. The ending I did think may have been somewhat over the top, but it does provide explanations and closure.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Hush is now available!

    I am slow to read synopses. I often skip them, or at the least, forget them once I pick up a book. I rely on authors I love, reviews from friends, and sometimes I can't resist a pretty cover! In this case, John Hart. Completely John Hart.

    I fell hard for The Last Child when I read it a couple weeks back. It was just about the perfect book in my mind. The characters, Johnny and Jack, I don't think I've ever "met" two more devoted friends. Their poignant vulnerability tw

    The Hush is now available!

    I am slow to read synopses. I often skip them, or at the least, forget them once I pick up a book. I rely on authors I love, reviews from friends, and sometimes I can't resist a pretty cover! In this case, John Hart. Completely John Hart.

    I fell hard for The Last Child when I read it a couple weeks back. It was just about the perfect book in my mind. The characters, Johnny and Jack, I don't think I've ever "met" two more devoted friends. Their poignant vulnerability twisted my heart. When I had the chance to read The Hush, I jumped at it; when I was approved, I felt like I had hit the Netgalley jackpot!

    But here's the thing. The Hush

    a continuation of Jack and Johnny's lives as adults; however, the book has a completely different feel than The Last Child almost from the start. Where TLC was a suspenseful mystery with well-developed, vividly drawn,

    characters, The Hush takes on a more supernatural, magical, earthy, a little out-there feel.

    So all of this to say, I wish I had gone in to The Hush with a completely open mind. I wish I hadn't had expectations based on the wondrous experience I had reading The Last Child. I wish that the supernatural-ness hadn't bothered me a little because at times I found it hard-to-follow. But all the same, I am grateful to have gotten an update on Jack and Johnny. I have high hopes that this won't be the last we see of these noteworthy friends.

    This was a Traveling Sisters' read/discussion, and what an interesting and magical discussion we had! For this and other wonderful reviews, please check out the Traveling Sisters' blog:

    Thanks to St. Martin's Press, John Hart, and Netgalley for the complimentary copy.

  • Jen

    Hush reader - don't say a word. I wish I could tell you don't be afraid, but I can't. You should be.

    Hart delivers an undeniable, intriguing sequel to

    . Johnny's story continues as does his relationship with his childhood best friend, Jack. There is a lot of land at stake but what's on the land is what makes it invaluable, haunting and frightening. This land, Hush Arbor, was a land where slaves died and Johnny's ancestors owned. Johnny lives on this land now and when Jack visits, he

    Hush reader - don't say a word. I wish I could tell you don't be afraid, but I can't. You should be.

    Hart delivers an undeniable, intriguing sequel to

    . Johnny's story continues as does his relationship with his childhood best friend, Jack. There is a lot of land at stake but what's on the land is what makes it invaluable, haunting and frightening. This land, Hush Arbor, was a land where slaves died and Johnny's ancestors owned. Johnny lives on this land now and when Jack visits, he senses something amiss in Johnny. The black pupils; the distant look; the sleepwalking; the cold chill that accompanies the unknown. And the fear.

    There is some black magic happening here and history and secrets of the past are revealed.

    Mystical realism isn't usually my thing, but it was done well if not a little over the top. I think Hart took a chance but I'm biased and still adore him. He cast a spell over me. 4⭐️

  • Debra

    Well, that was not what I was expecting.....but I really enjoyed it. I did not read "The Last Child" and found that this book worked well as a stand-alone novel for me. Although, I was not privy to the events of that book prior to reading this one, I felt the Author did a good job describing how close Johnny and Jack were and have been since childhood. How each feels a closeness and kinship with the other. Of course, there were references to events in the past, but I don't feel that not having k

    Well, that was not what I was expecting.....but I really enjoyed it. I did not read "The Last Child" and found that this book worked well as a stand-alone novel for me. Although, I was not privy to the events of that book prior to reading this one, I felt the Author did a good job describing how close Johnny and Jack were and have been since childhood. How each feels a closeness and kinship with the other. Of course, there were references to events in the past, but I don't feel that not having knowledge of them affected my enjoyment of this book in any way.

    Johnny Merrimon lives in a Cabin on the six thousand acres of land that he inherited from his father's side of the family. Johnny's ancestors owned the land which contained the swamp and rocky sections. A distant relative signed over the land to freed slaves and the land reverted to Johnny when the last male relative of the freed slave died. Johnny values his privacy and enjoys living off the land. One part of the land he owns is called "the Hush" and he is drawn to the Hush and seems at times to be attuned to it. He mainly comes into town for supplies and has been known to run off anyone who attempts to hunt or travel onto his land. Johnny knows this land has secrets and he is more than willing to protect those secrets even if he means keeping secrets from the people who care about him.

    Jack Cross is an attorney and he enjoys attempting to sneak up on Johnny in the woods but Johnny always seems to sense him coming. Jack understands Johnny's desire for privacy, but he has concerns about the land and his friend's connection to it. Jack fears what he feels and what he observes of his friend's behavior in the swamp. He worries about his friend's safety and his mental status. Jack does not appear to feel the heaviness or other symptoms other's feel when they step foot on Johnny's land, but he does feel the eerie cold and senses danger.

    I do not want to say much else about the plot as I don't want to give any spoilers. What I will say is that there is a magical/paranormal vibe to this book. I was not expecting this from John Hart. There is a whole other story going on here, but I don't want to give anything away except to say that Johnny is not the only character in the book with a connection to the land. There are others who are connected to land as well. Their stories are also told, and we see more of them as the plot unfolds.

    Well written, eerie, dark and entertaining. I found this to be good story-telling. Sure, you have to suspend some disbelief, but the tale is a good one. I can see how this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it worked for me.

    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    3.5 stars 🌟

    The Hush is the second book to John Hart’s The Last Child which we also did as a Sisters Read not too long ago.  We read The Hush with three of our Traveling Sisters and we were all really excited to read it as we all absolutely loved The Last Child.  We were so hoping that it would live up to all of our expectations but unfortunately we were somewhat disappointed as we didn’t think it had the same feel to it as The Last Child.  It did work for some of us though but not as well for e

    3.5 stars 🌟

    The Hush is the second book to John Hart’s The Last Child which we also did as a Sisters Read not too long ago.  We read The Hush with three of our Traveling Sisters and we were all really excited to read it as we all absolutely loved The Last Child.  We were so hoping that it would live up to all of our expectations but unfortunately we were somewhat disappointed as we didn’t think it had the same feel to it as The Last Child.  It did work for some of us though but not as well for everyone.  We didn’t expect the dark magic and the supernatural within the storyline but we all tried to have an open mind and just enjoy the story.  I think for some of us if we would have read the synopsis or researched the book a little better we would have enjoyed it that much more as some of us really do love a little dark magic and the supernatural within the storyline.  “I know I do, said Norma.”

     

    THE HUSH by JOHN HART was an unexpected and attention demanding book that took us on a magical and mythical journey here into Johnny’s world of the Hush. There was definitely some need to suspend disbelief here and we really needed to focus on the story and accept the black magic and the supernatural as part of the storyline to make this one work.  This was hard for some of us to do especially Brenda.  Once some of us did accept it and we started to understand where the story was going, especially for me (Norma) then it was an enjoyable read. For Brenda she never did and was completely lost throughout this whole story.

     

    We loved the relationship between Johnny and Jack and really would've liked to have seen that explored some more. We loved the way they protected and cared for each other and we could really feel their loyalty, friendship, and love that they had for one another giving the story a warm feeling.

     

    The ending left some of us confused and we thought our discussion was really helpful and enjoyable as we worked out the ending amongst ourselves, pulling the story together for some of us especially Brenda.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and John Hart for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a review.

     

    All of our Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our sister blog:

  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

    What is the truth of Hush Arbor?  A mist rises through the trees, shimmering and glimmering with tricks of light.  And of movement.  The vast swamp lies low, heavy and shifting.  The very stillness is disquieting.   A bitter old woman kneels under an ancient tree, her prayers full of spite and rancor.  Two lifelong friends share a debt that continues to weigh heavily years after the fact.  As deadly secrets come to light, the fate of Hush Ar

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

    What is the truth of Hush Arbor?  A mist rises through the trees, shimmering and glimmering with tricks of light.  And of movement.  The vast swamp lies low, heavy and shifting.  The very stillness is disquieting.   A bitter old woman kneels under an ancient tree, her prayers full of spite and rancor.  Two lifelong friends share a debt that continues to weigh heavily years after the fact.  As deadly secrets come to light, the fate of Hush Arbor and its inhabitants hangs in the balance.

    My only quibble is with the ending, which seemed to lose the mystique that had carried the tale, a complete change of tone.   It may be that it was necessary in order to wind things down.  Other than that, I felt like I had hit the jackpot.  John Hart tells a great story.  

  • Kendall

    I was so thrilled to get my hands on an advanced arc of John Hart's new novel! I loved The Last Child and could not wait to catch up with good ol Johnny and Jack.

    The Hush is a little different then what I'm used to experiencing from John Hart. I would have to say he took a little bit of a risk with this one and jumped into a paranormal/magical suspense novelishhh?

    I absolutely LOVE having a hint of magic in my novels... but I'm sorry to say that this was a little too much for my liking. The las

    I was so thrilled to get my hands on an advanced arc of John Hart's new novel! I loved The Last Child and could not wait to catch up with good ol Johnny and Jack.

    The Hush is a little different then what I'm used to experiencing from John Hart. I would have to say he took a little bit of a risk with this one and jumped into a paranormal/magical suspense novelishhh?

    I absolutely LOVE having a hint of magic in my novels... but I'm sorry to say that this was a little too much for my liking. The last 20-25 percent of the book I was pretty miserable. And that is SO HARD for me to say with John Hart. I just couldn't get past the supernatural aspect and was wondering to myself... is this really where Hart is taking this novel?!!! The ending..... I wasn't satisfied with it at all. I honestly was bummed and was expecting more from Hart :(.

    The Hush is hinted to be a continuation from the Last Child but in no way do you need to read The Last Child beforehand. The Hush has a completely different feel and overall sense of tone/writing style. I would definitely go into this one with an open mind.... like super open mind haha.

    But, I do have to say that John Hart is an incredible storyteller and I have been in awe with his talent. I may not have enjoyed this as much as I have his previous novels but again I look forward to what I see next from Hart ;).

    This was a Traveling Sisters read/review. Please check out the Traveling Sisters' fantastic blog:

    ....

    Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for an advanced arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melissa

    If, like me, you were completely enamored with Johnny and Jack from

    , here’s your chance to find out where time and space has landed the childhood friends. Be warned though, this might

    be what you had in mind when you thought about a follow-up.

    From the suspense driven whodunnit of

    , to a mystery swathed in

    , it’s safe to say,

    took a bit of a risk with

    . If you’re

    a reader that suspends disbelief easily—hello, that’s me!—this mi

    If, like me, you were completely enamored with Johnny and Jack from

    , here’s your chance to find out where time and space has landed the childhood friends. Be warned though, this might

    be what you had in mind when you thought about a follow-up.

    From the suspense driven whodunnit of

    , to a mystery swathed in

    , it’s safe to say,

    took a bit of a risk with

    . If you’re

    a reader that suspends disbelief easily—hello, that’s me!—this might

    work for you. Missing was the frantic page turning frenzy his writing usually incites; replaced instead by this mantra,

    That’s never a good sign, am I right?

    Hush Arbor or

    —6,000 acres of dense woods, swamp, rocky terrain, creatures and spookiness—is known for having a bit of a shady history. Once belonging to Johnny's ancestors, but ultimately signed over to a group of freed slaves, the land reverted back to Johnny on a technicality after the death of one of the pivotal characters from

    .

    Something about Hush Arbor captured Johnny’s heart immediately and he chose to become a hermit of sorts, living in a desolate cabin and watching over his property from a ancient tree. People that step foot on the land experience a host of things—weightiness, the sense of being watched, hours unaccounted for, disorientation and for some, it costs them the ultimate price. Unearthing what transpired between Johnny’s ancestors and the slaves is ultimately the mystery that drives the story. Who or what are the strange beings that now inhabit the land and torture the visitors? Again, not a storyline that got my blood pumping. In fact, the last 25% of the story was sort of

    . Ludicrous. Pointless. Blah. You pick the adjective.

    While this is technically a follow-up, in no way is

    required reading beforehand. In fact, although most of the characters are present and accounted for, so much time has passed between the two stories—there’s a 10 year gap in the timeline—they’re almost unrecognizable, along with the writing itself. It’s like starting all over with a new cast and maybe even a new author.

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