Not by Sight: A Novel (Volume 1) (Ozark Mountain Trilogy)

by Kathy Herman

Paperback, 2013

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

David C Cook (2013), 400 pages

Description

Fiction. Suspense. HTML: Her Sister Couldn't Be Alive ... Could She? It had to be Riley Jo. She was certain. . .wasn't she? But when Abby Cummings tells her mother she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. After all, Riley Jo and their father had been missing for years. Presumably dead. Yet Abby cannot ignore her intuition. Telling her friend J. D., they investigate. But J. D. may know more about the disappearance than he's telling, or even realizes. And as they work to uncover what happened, all they have to go on is blind faith. Will it be enough. . .especially considering what the truth might be?.

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

400 p.; 8.1 inches

ISBN

0781408040 / 9780781408042

User reviews

LibraryThing member MyBookAddiction
This book takes you on a wonderfully suspenseful journey through blind faith. It really shows what can happen when we put our trust in God to help us through difficult times in our lives. It also shows the human side of being able to let go and let God take control. The characters just draw you in
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and take hold...you have to keep turning the pages!!

Rating: 5

Heat Rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: skinner.tammy

Courtesy of My Book Addiction
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LibraryThing member deanna13
Not by Sight by Kathy Herman is a great book and filled with enough suspense to keep any reader happy. Five years ago, Abby’s father and two year old sister disappeared without a trace. At the beginning of the book, Abby sees a young girl in town and she is sure that it is her missing sister. She
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takes a photo with her cell phone but when she shows the photo to her mother, her mother refuses to listen. Abby is determined to continue the search for her sister and her best friend Jay offers his help. As they work at gathering information about the young girl, Abby receives a call from an unknown man who insists that she stop the search. When the same man calls the second time, Jay hears the voice and a long forgotten memory comes back to haunt Jay. Abby and Jay will not stop the search and their perseverance pays off for they do locate the girl but then trouble really begins to happen.

The author did an excellent job writing suspense into the story and by the time I finished reading the book I had no fingernails left. She also did a great job in the development of the characters and their dialogue and actions. Many times I wanted to shake the mother and tell her to wake up and listen to her daughter but then I would think that had I gone through what she had I might have acted the same way. The plot was filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing as to what would happen next. Having lived near Beaver Lake many years ago, I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the scenery in the area. I was impressed with the way that the author handled the family’s faith in God. The mother and older son had lost faith but the other members were strong in their faith. Many times the only thing that Abby and Jay had as they searched for Riley Jo was their faith in God.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes a wonderful story filled with adventure, suspense, budding romance, family love, and the love and forgiveness of God.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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LibraryThing member Glenajo
Excellent YA Suspense

All families know the fear of loosing a child or a husband/parent, and this book centers on that fear. This book realistically demonstrates the effects that tragedies have on the ones left behind. Herman builds realistic characters that allow the readers to empathize with their
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feelings and understand their reactions, while delivering a great mystery story. This is definitely a great example of a YA novel that engrosses and uplifts those who read it, but it appeals to readers of all ages with great suspense, too.
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LibraryThing member MaryAnn12
Herman is an excellent author painting vivid word pictures which allow her readers to feel as if they are there, part of the story... This is one series that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat, peeking around corners, looking for the next exciting scene.

The author did a fabulous job with
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characterization. If you enjoy romantic suspense novels with some inspirational elements, then I think you will really like this book. I could not put this book down!
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LibraryThing member grammygeek
A father and his 2 year old daughter disappear one day without a trace......and for five years questions go unanswered, until one day, a chance encounter with a 7 year old girl changes everything for Abby and her family.......

Kathy Herman's newest suspense novel Not by Sight, is the first in the
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Ozark Mountain Trilogy. Kathy takes you on a family's journey of loss and the role that faith plays in each of their lives. Some will lose their faith, one will be sustained by faith, one begins a life of faith. And when one of the family chooses to walk by faith and not by sight, it will lead the family to a reunion, that no one thought possible.

Not by Sight's suspense will have you on the edge of your seat. It's lessons in faith will teach you about the many facets of the human spirit and in the end, it will leave you with tears of joy.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Kathy Herman is a favorite author among many of the members of By The Book. She creates a suspenseful and realistic story with characters the reader comes to care about. Not By Sight is another winner from this talented author.

Abby was a young girl when her father and sister go missing. After five
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years she is still looking for them even though the rest of her family have given up hope of ever uncovering the mystery of their disappearance. Her dogged determination to uncover the truth and her faith in a miracle drive her and her friend Jaye into danger.

With a unanimous thumbs up, my group recommends Not By Sight for those who love suspense. There are lots of twists to this story and the reader is often aware of things before the characters. This actually adds to the tension for the reader. We had a great discussion of characters’ motivations, the heart break of missing family members and just what it means to live by faith.

Recommended.

Great For Book Clubs.
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LibraryThing member Robin661
Not By Sight

Kathy Herman

Book Summary: The first in a new series from suspense author Kathy Herman. Set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Her Sister Couldn’t Be Alive … Could She? It had to be Riley Jo. She was certain. . .wasn’t she? But when Abby Cummings tells her mother she thought she saw
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her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. After all, Riley Jo and their father had been missing for years. Presumably dead. Yet Abby cannot ignore her intuition. Telling her friend J. D., they investigate. But J. D. may know more about the disappearance than he’s telling, or even realizes. And as they work to uncover what happened, all they have to go on is blind faith. Will it be enough . . . especially considering what the truth might be?

Review: I found this book to be very exciting. The characters were believable along with the story line. I liked the theme and the twists and turns throughout the book. It was a tragic story from the start. I liked how Abby had a nose to the grindstone mentality to finding her family. She was quick thinking for the most part and was a very determined young woman. I do not normally read stories where the main character is under 20. But this mystery was gripping and the development of the entire area, people and storyline was enough to draw me in deeply.
I would like to thank Net Galley and David C Cook for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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