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Not by Sight

Kathy Herman

When Abby Cummings tells her mother that she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea - after all, Riley Jo and their father have been missing for years and are presumably dead. But Abby cannot ignore her intuition. After she tells her f... Read More

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When Abby Cummings tells her mother that she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea - after all, Riley Jo and their father have been missing for years and are presumably dead. But Abby cannot ignore her intuition.

After she tells her friend J.D., they begin 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?

Filled with mystery, Not by Sight is the exciting first book in bestselling suspense author Kathy Herman's Ozark Mountain Trilogy.

Product Details:
Page Count: 384
Released: 05/2013
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: May 1, 2013
  • UPC: 9780781408042
  • Height: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 0
  • Pages: 0
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"

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Great suspense with an emphasis on faith and trust by Carole on 6/14/2013

Not by Sight, book one in Kathy Herman's Ozark Mountain Trilogy, is a perfect blending of setting, characterization, and plot ... and I enjoyed it very much. Based on 2 Corinthians 5:7, "We live by faith, not by sight," this is fast-paced suspense that will appeal to both genders--adults and mature teens.


Sixteen-year-old Abby Cummings has struggled for five years with the mysterious disappearance of her father and two-year old sister, Riley Jo. One day, Abby’s in town shopping and sees a girl about seven, who looks remarkably like she imagines her sister would now. Abby takes a picture with her cell phone and shows it to her mother. Mama, having had her hopes dashed all too often, dismisses it. But Abby can’t. What if her sister and father are still alive? She confides in her best friend, Jay Rogers, but neither teenager has any idea that Jay holds the key to the truth of what happened.

My thoughts

Kathy has given us a very interesting beginning to what promises to be an excellent series. The suspense element was very well done, without being too violent or scary. Characterization was much deeper than what is usually found in suspense fiction. And the plot blended beautifully into the picturesque setting of Beaver Lake, Arkansas.

Like C. S. Lewis's book by the same title, we all struggle with "the problem of pain" ... how to survive it, accept it, or how to reconcile it with a loving God. Abby's mother, Kate, probably wishes deep down that she could trust God again, but the loss of her husband and two-year-old daughter have driven her in the opposite direction, away from the comfort and peace that comes from leaning on God. "Where was God during those agonizing years when she cried out to Him for relief from the pain that tormented her? When she struggled to survive with the broken heart that He, in His sovereignty, had allowed to break? He repaid her faithfulness with suffering and left her to endure it alone. He had removed His presence from her when she needed Him most. God couldn't be trusted."

Sixteen-year-old Abby is the heart of this story because she has the beautiful child-like faith and trust that God delights in. Reflecting on what it means to live by faith rather than by sight, Abby responds, "I think that means when we're in the dark, we have to take a step forward and trust that there will be light on the path in front of us."

Faith plays a big part in this story and the characters' spiritual journeys are realistically portrayed. Another beautiful verse kept coming into my mind as I read: "Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning" (Ps 30.5). I was entertained and emotionally caught up in this story at the same time. I hope we'll see much more of the Cummings family in the other two books in this series.

I like that the publisher, David C. Cook, provides an "after words" section at the end of their novels. Kathy shares some thoughts about her writing and there's also a helpful discussion guide.

There's no answer to "the problem of pain" this side of heaven, and Not by Sight doesn't attempt to give one. But it does do a great job in showing how life lessons can be communicated through the vehicle of Christian fiction. I highly recommend this book to all readers, not just fans of inspirational suspense.

Visit Kathy's website at kathyherman.com to learn more.

This book was provided by David C. Cook through BookFun.org and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Great Story by dgottreu on 6/12/2013

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 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.

Great book by Michelle Prince Morgan on 5/23/2013

Not by Sight, Kathy Herman *****
Christian Fiction at its best. I loved this book. Five years ago Abby Cummings father and younger sister Riley Jo disappeared with out a trace. Abby thinks she sees her sister outside a store in Foggy Ridge, but she has thought this before. Her family has had their hearts broken numerous times and wants no part of Abby’s wild goose chase. Jay her best friend decides to help her find the little girl she saw until Abby starts getting threaten calls. Will the caller make good on his threat? Together they try to find Riley Jo but find trouble. Their faith may be the only thing keeping them alive. How is Jay connected to their disappearance? Their search will take you on a roller coaster ride and keep you at the edge of your seat. Read the book to find out the truth about Abby’s father and sister. Kathy Herman did an awesome job combining the trill of suspense and faith. She was able to show family dynamics and the struggles experienced by believers and non believers living in one household in a believable way. I am grateful I received this book from The Bookclub Network for my honest option.

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