Item description for Ever Present Danger (Phantom Hollow V1) by Kathy Herman...
Overview After ten years of numbing her guilt with drugs, Ivy Griffith wants to bury the past once and for all and come clean in her hometown. At her high school reunion, an ugly twist of events pays homage to the past and further entangles her in deceit.
Publishers Description Can You Ever Escape Your Past? At eighteen, popular Ivy Griffith likes nothing better than getting stoned with her boyfriend, Pete, and his basketball buddies-until one afternoon when a nightmare unfolds. Ivy watches in horror as her boyfriend and his friends murder a teammate and bury his body in a remote location. The four friends make a pact to keep the killing quiet, and Ivy flees her parents' Colorado home for college and never looks back. Now, after ten years of numbing her guilt with drugs, she's finally clean. The single mom of a seven-year-old son, Montana, Ivy returns home to the tiny town of Jacob's Ear, hoping for courage to reveal the shocking truth of her past and be rid of this baggage forever. But when disaster strikes at her high school reunion, she's the only one left alive who witnessed that fateful night so long ago...Or is she? Who else could've known about the pact and who would want Pete and his co-conspirators dead? As the investigation heats up and the death toll rises, Ivy is forced to decide if confessing the truth is really worth risking her own life.
Citations And Professional Reviews Ever Present Danger (Phantom Hollow V1) by Kathy Herman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 04/01/2007 page 75
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 17, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Phantom Hollow
Series Number 1
ISBN 1590529219 ISBN13 9781590529218
Availability 0 units.
More About Kathy Herman
Kathy Herman has written fourteen novels, including CBA bestsellers Tested by Fire, All Things Hidden, and The Real Enemy. Now retired from her family s Christian bookstore business, Kathy and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and five grandchildren and live in Tyler, Texas.
Kathy Herman currently resides in Tyler, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ever Present Danger (Phantom Hollow V1)?
Ever Present Danger (Pantom Hollow Series #1) May 20, 2008
I absolutely lvoed this book. I read a lot of Christian mysteries, etc. and will definitely purchase more of Kathy Herman's books. She holds your interest to the very last page, a "page turner"!
An Awesome SpellbindingTale! Nov 5, 2007
Popular, honor student Ivy Griffith went down the wrong path starting with dating Pete Barton basketball player and hanging out with his buddies Reg and Denny. As the fab four getting stoned was the normal way of life. Than one afternoon Ivy sat dumbstruck and stoned in Pete's car as Pete strangled Joe Hadley classmate and teammate and Pete, Reg and Denny buried his body. The fab four made a pack to never tell what happened. Spinning out of control Ivy ran from home to college never looking back.
Ten years later thanks to seventy year old Lu Ramirez, Ivy has cleaned up her life, has been off drugs for three years and has a seven year old son Montana. Gramma Lu as Montana calls her lived next door and cared for Montana when Ivy was stoned and pulled Ivy back from the pit of self-destruction. But now Lu is dying and Ivy doesn't know what else to do but go home to her parents even if it means facing the past.
Ivy's parents welcome her home and take care of the arrangements for Lu after she dies and starts to help take care of Ivy and Montana. Pete keeps hanging around pressuring her to make sure she keeps the pact. Also in her life is Bill Ziwicki one time classmate and drug dealer for the fab four. At the high school reunion feeling pressured by Pete, Ivy agrees to sit with the fab four. Reg and Denny get very drunk and Ivy suggests Pete should take them to their room. While gone Ivy dances with Bill with a start of a romance. Later Ivy worries about Pete being gone for so long so Ivy and Bill go to the guys' room to find all three have been murdered!
Bill and Ivy find themselves in the mist of a murder investigation and the police and FBI believe both murders are related and that Bill and Ivy are involved. And that is only the beginning.......
This awesome page turner was too good to put down! Not only is it a compelling story but you'll learn about God's unfailing forgiveness and grace. Between the pages is an awesome lesson of temptation and how sin leads to more sin. Author Kathy Herman has done an outstanding job of telling this story of suspense and intrigue. A perfect read for high schoolers and adults alike. Also included is a reader's guide perfect for a reader's group or even a Bible study as the teaching is that amazing. But what I really liked was the "Afterword", a letter written by the author to the reader that will have you stopping and analyzing your own life long after you've finished this book. So sit back and enjoy this awesome spellbinding tale and be prepared the ending is amazing!
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Oct 8, 2007
Yeah, that's all Ivy Griffith needs at this point. 10 years ago her boyfriend and his friends beat up, killed and buried a classmate. Stoned on a "killer joint" she watched and said nothing. For 7 years her life was all about getting high to forget that night. When she sobers up she has a 4 year old boy to take care of. Thank God for Lu. Only this time, as she sets out to make things right, Lu dies and suddenly everything goes wrong.
Kathy Herman does an amazing job in creating not just a story that is razor sharp, but characters, even a town, that is so believable you just want to go and have a cup of coffee at Jewel's Cafe. I've been reading a lot of Christian fiction lately and I have to say I'm impressed with the new breed of Christian author. Kathy is by no means a new comer to the scene, but like so many other good Christian authors, her works are getting hidden mostly in Christian bookstores. This is a book that anyone can enjoy, because it makes you ask questions about yourself. Sure, maybe you never did drugs or had a past like Ivy, but you can still relate to her. You can relate to her fears, her indecision, her bad choices. This is a book that points its finger at us and says, "I know your heart. But I know One who can make it clean."
David Brollier author of THE 3RD COVENANT
A good series starter Oct 4, 2007
Kathy Herman is an excellent author of Christian suspense and Ever Present Danger, the first installment in the new Phantom Hollow series, is no exception. It is a story of family, love, and the difficult path to escaping one's past.
Ivy Griffith made some horrible decisions in her life. When she was a teenager, she and her friends chose to do something that would have her living in fear and guilt for most of her life. Ivy ultimately runs away from her home and her parents, turning to drugs to ease her pain. When she returns to Phantom Hollow, many years later with her seven year old son, Montana, and a clean lifestyle, she is determined to set things straight with the people she has hurt over the years. Unfortunately, before she can bravely clear herself of her guilt, a tragedy strikes at her high school reunion, setting in motion the ultimate mystery.
Kathy Herman has this way about her, in which she can create characters that her reader can connect to, but spinning those characters into thrills and mysteries like no other. She also weaves great Christian values and Scripture into the stories, without being "preachy." I really love that most of her books are parts of series, that way I can keep up with the characters and still gets the thrills I love! If you've never tried Kathy Herman, I definitely recommend you giving it a try!
Kathy Herman does a masterful job Jul 2, 2007
Kathy Herman does a masterful job in both plots of exposing the dangers of compromising your values. While the subplot shows how easily compromise can begin, the main plot communicates what the end of compromise can be. The message comes through without her preaching it or weakening the high suspense of her story.
In a few places the conversation is stilted, but not enough to detract from the story. Also, Herman comes across as light on repentance in a scene between Jake and Brandon. One of the characters says to the other weeping character, "What you did isn't unforgivable. Take that sin to the cross, leave it there, and stop carrying the guilt" (p. 300). This response sounds like flippant Christianese. Reactions like these leave non-Christians and often other Christians feeling as though the people talking do not comprehend the seriousness of the sin and the devastation sin reeks in our lives. Though Herman does not mean it that way, it equates to someone in the world saying, "It's done, so get over it." The truth may be in what the character says, but the emotional understanding of the terribleness of sin is lacking.
In spite of that, suspense fans will enjoy the masterful theme running through the subplot and primary plot in Ever Present Danger. - Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book [...]