Item description for Never Look Back (Phantom Hollow Series) by Kathy Herman...
Overview This fast-paced suspense novel continues the Phantom Hollow series with a rich exploration of the risks and possibilities of starting over. When Ivy Griffith walks out of jail after serving her sentence for withholding evidence in a murder case, shes ready to put her years of pain and drug abuse behind her.
Publishers Description Forgiveness is one thing, but who really forgets? Ivy Griffith has been released from jail after serving time for covering up the strangulation death of a high school classmate ten years earlier. She's paid her debt to society. Kicked her drug habit. She's making a fresh start. Problem is, everyone in her hometown of Jacob's Ear, Colorado, knows what she did. And her seven-year-old son, Montana, won't stop probing about the father he has never met-the man Ivy was too stoned to even remember. Plagued by her own shame and her little boy's cries for male affirmation, Ivy is thrilled when Rue Kessler takes an interest in Montana and her. Maybe, just maybe, he's the answer to prayer she's been waiting for. But Rue has a shadow hanging over his past and is suspected in a rash of bizarre, brutal beatings. He denies any involvement, and Ivy believes him-until she discovers he and Montana have kept a secret from her. At a loss for what to believe or where to turn, Ivy's on the verge of despair and wonders if even God has given up on her. Or is something bigger at play here-something being orchestrated outside of her control that's about to bring down the curtain on everything including her past?
Citations And Professional Reviews Never Look Back (Phantom Hollow Series) by Kathy Herman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 11/01/2007 page 57
Romantic Times - 10/01/2007 page 77
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 16, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Phantom Hollow
Series Number 2
ISBN 1590529227 ISBN13 9781590529225
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.
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A First Class Winner Jan 1, 2008
Ivy Griffith has served her time in prison for helping cover up the murder of classmate, Joe Hadley. Released now, she's home and trying to rebuild her relationship with her son, Montanta. Her parents have provided her with a place to live and a job. Luke Draper, the new man in town, appears to be interested in her friend, Jewel. Rue Kessler, who has recently been released from rehab, seems to be attracted to Ivy. Then Deke and Roscoe, elderly men every one in town loves, are badly beaten. That is the beginning of a seige of terror that keeps most of the people living in Jacob's Ear baricaded behind locked doors. As usual, Kathy Herman plots a strong story full of twists and turns, and believable characters struggling to over come past mistakes. Great suspense.
Another hit for Kathy Herman! Nov 8, 2007
Kathy Herman crafts another suspense/romance novel in the Phantom Hollow series that measures up to her others. It will keep you turning pages and wondering until you come to the last page. Then you will regret that it ended!
Another good one by Kathy Herman Nov 8, 2007
Another good read by Kathy Herman! The end was a little far fetched, but then again, its fiction! Great sequel to Ever Present Danger.
Herman sends us on a mystery that keeps us reading until the very end. Nov 1, 2007
Never Look Back is the second book in Kathy Herman's Phantom Hollow Series where we once again reconnect with all the characters of Jacob's Ear, Colorado from book one. We rejoin Ivy Griffith as she is released from prison and ready to finally begin the drug-free life she has spent her prison term thinking about. She accepts a job working at her father's Christian camp, Three Peaks, moves into a cabin with her son Montana, and sets out to be the mother she had never been when using drugs.
Her father, impressed with Ivy's rehab and wanting to give others in the same situation a break, invites two recovering addicts in a sponsored work program to repair cabins at Three Peaks. Not only does Ivy bond with one of the men, Rue Kessler, but a romance soon takes off and leads to a very surprising outcome that you HAVE TO READ to believe.
While Ivy and Rue only want to get on with their lives, get to know each other and see if a relationship is in God's plans for them, local residents are terrorized by a serial maniac who brutally beats the elderly in their homes. Of course, Rue due to his past becomes a major suspect in the crimes, especially since he cannot prove his whereabouts on the nights of the crimes. Starting with the first beating, Herman sends us on a mystery that keeps us reading until the very end.
In my opinion, Kathy Herman always does a fantastic job of bringing forth a strong spiritual message though her characters struggles and growth, and Never Look Back is no exception. Throughout the book, Ivy Griffith struggles with letting go of her past actions--actions and sins she's repented of, received forgiveness for, and yet continues to drag with her like a worn old security blanket. Through those who care for Ivy and help her to work toward unloading this baggage, we see how we can let go of these very things in our own lives.
Though Never Look Back is a stand alone book and doesn't require you to read book one, Ever Present Danger, I recommend you read book one first. As much as I would have understood and cared for Ivy Griffith in Never Look Back if I hadn't read book one, by having read the first book I can really feel how her pain and angst from her past made her the person she is. And I could far more readily appreciate how difficult it is for Ivy to give up her spiritual baggage.
But, no matter what you chose, to read book one or not to read book one, you are sure to enjoy another find Kathy Herman suspense novel that is sure to satisfy you from page one to the end.
Gripping Oct 29, 2007
I had never heard of Kathy Herman, but am I ever glad I decided to read her books! Never Look Back grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Hang on for a thrillng ride.