Loved the book! I felt it got a little wordy at times but overall it had an interesting plot. In fact I could not put the book down! I read it in only a couple of days, that's saying a lot for me :) Loved it!
Focused on a fictional family named Cummings, there is action laced throughout the novel. One day a father with his youngest daughter in tow go out for time together, and then they simply disappear. Kate the wife of Micah and mother of Hawk, Jesse, Kate and Riley Jo finds her faith as well as her life shattered. For Kate and her grandfather Buck who lives with the family, they cling tenaciously in faith to God waiting for him to bring about the ending they all hope is a happy one.
The setting for this story takes place in the Ozark's with the Cummings family owning a lodge which offers many different activities but above all a breath taking view. Five years later a discovery is made that changes the present and future of the Cummings family as well as Kate's best friend. Jay grew up has been best friends with Kate for as long as he can remember. When he turns 12 years old he inherits a family heirloom that while he sentimentally values there was some other desire he hoped to have fulfilled.
While some members of the Cummings family are struggling to take one day at a time with an unknown future due to the discovery Jay now knows he can no longer run away for his past. Jay wonders if when he divulges his past, if he will still be embraced by the Cummings family more concerned that Kate would no longer want his friendship. As the reader turns the pages the suspense thickens, the action begins to heighten the mystery behind the more than just one family's nightmare.
For me it seemed as though characters had to choose whether to live by faith or not too which determined the peace their hearts contained. I loved the mystery within a mystery which expands the action to include more than the reader is shown at first. The characters can be identified with I would think by anyone who has gone through traumatic life experiences, including making each day something to be valued instead of taken for granted.
I can't wait for book 2 of this series to be released to see how the lives of the various players come to certain conclusions. Romances are just beginning to bloom, the holidays in the story are approaching and the future is brighter than it has been in years. I found myself not wanting to take a break from reading because I wanted to see how things were going to turn out in the novel. I think readers will thoroughly enjoy the suspense, mystery, romance and faith filled novel Not by Sight.
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.
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 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.