Have you ever found yourself sitting in the car, by yourself, outside of your destination, waiting for a chapter of your audiobook to finish? I do it all. the. time. My husband came home the other day to find me sitting in the darkened garage with the car off and the stereo on. "I'm not trying to asphyxiate myself," I reassured him. "I just had to find out how this book ends!"
If suspense is your cup of tea, clear out your TBR list to make room for The Hush, by John Hart. This sequel to The Last Child, Hart's award-winning mystery, is a supernatural thriller that will keep you glued to your headphones. And right now, 10 lucky Silent Book Club members have a chance to win a free audiobook copy of The Hush from our friends at Macmillan Audio. (Details below.)
If you're not yet familiar with him, John Hart is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, Iron House, and Redemption Road. Hart is the only author in history to win the Edgar Award (presented by the Mystery Writers of America) for Best Novel consecutively. And yes, that's Edgar as in Edgar Allen Poe. There's a reason it's the most prestigious award in the genre.
The Last Child is one of Hart's most beloved books, which The Washington Post called “a magnificent creation, Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies.” In this sequel, Hart returns to that secret world ten years later.
Click below to listen to an excerpt of The Hush, and then enter for your chance to win a free copy on CD!* But be forewarned. You might find yourself sitting alone in an empty parking garage if you queue this book up for your next commute. Just be sure to cut the engine so you don't spook your spouse.
About the book
Set in the same dark world as his beloved novel The Last Child, John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world—rarely seen—in this unforgettable audiobook.
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; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, 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.
*U.S. only, ends March 28, 2018