The Last Child Themes

John Hart
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Powerlessness over people and events permeates this story. Johnny Merrimon is powerless over his sister's disappearance and his father's abandonment of the family. He is also powerless over his mother's pill-popping addiction as well as her relationship with the smarmy Ken Holloway. Detective Hunt is powerless to unravel the mystery of Alyssa's disappearance, and the local police are powerless to find other abducted children. Hunt is powerless over his obsession with Katherine Merrimon, who is powerless over her addiction. Because Johnny Merrimon knows he is powerless over actions of the adults in his life, he skips school and is frequently gone from home to avoid encounters with Holloway. Ken Holloway is powerless over his own addiction, as well as his anger, which eventually lead to his downfall.

Beyond the plot centered on the inevitable mystery of who did what to whom, when, why and how, powerlessness emerges as...

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