I love John Hart’s writing and I loved his novel ‘The Last Child’, but ‘The Hush’, which continues the lives of Johnny Merimon and Jack Cross 10 years after the events of ‘The Last Child’ was not what I was expecting. I am not much of a fan of the supernatural. If the writing was up to John Hart’s normal brilliance, then unfortunately I missed it.
Johnny has been living on his beloved land of Hush Arbor (the Hush) for 5 years, but there are challenges to his ownership of the land and he no longer has the money to fight the legal battle. Jack is now a lawyer and tries to get Johnny the help he needs but things don’t go as planned. The wealthy William Boyd desperately wants the land for himself and he has the money to get his way.
But the Hush isn’t just about money. Johnny has a connection to the land that was owned by his ancestors. Cree Freemantle also has a connection and Boyd’s grandfather has left a story of the land that has him wanting it.
We need to go back to Johnny’s and Cree’s ancestors to find the reasons for the mystical happenings at the Hush and the strange connections that the current generation have to the land.
The early parts of the book contained a subtle mysticism but as the book went on, this became more powerful, almost to the point of ridiculousness. If you like that sort of thing then this is probably a good book. Unfortunately it was not for me.
I’m hoping that John Hart’s next novel is closer to his usual style that I love so much.