Not by Sight (Ozark Mountain Trilogy Book #1)

Not by Sight (Ozark Mountain Trilogy Book #1)

by Kathy Herman

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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?

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ISBN-13: 9781493421084
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: Ozark Mountain Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 232,258
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Bestselling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written twenty novels--including Not by Sight, the Sophie Trace trilogy, and the Secrets of the Roux River Bayou Series--since retiring from her family's Christian retail store in Tyler, Texas. She and her late husband, Paul, have three grown children. Kathy now lives in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at
Bestselling suspense novelist Kathy Herman ( has written twenty novels--including Not by Sight, the Sophie Trace trilogy, and the Secrets of the Roux River Bayou Series--since retiring from her family's Christian retail store in Tyler, Texas. She and her late husband, Paul, have three grown children. Kathy now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Not by Sight: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain" I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery.
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Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I had the privilege of reading by Kathy Herman, and I loved it. Not By Sight intrigued me with the back cover and kept me reading throughout. I loved the story line, the characters were very touching, and I loved the spiritual elements woven throughout. I hope I get the opportunity to read more great books from this wonderful author! I received a copy of this book from book club network in response for my honest opinion.
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NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Excellent Suspense! Owner of Angel View Lodge located in the Ozark Mountains, Kate Cummings and her family are intensely aware of the fifth anniversary of the sudden disappearance of Micah, Kate's husband, and her youngest daughter, two-year-old Riley Jo. The two had gone fishing and never returned. Kate and Abby's older brother have lost all faith and hope in God since Micah and Riley Jo disappeared. Sixteen-year-old Abby is unable to let go of her losses, and when she encounters a little girl who strongly resenbles her little sister she is convinced that it could by Riley Jo, and proceeds to take a picture of the child with her phone. Abby believes that God has given her this sighting as a sign that her little sister may still be alive. Kate forbids her to proceed with her search, but Abby is convinced that the child is her sister. Her best friend Jay is supportive, and although danger may be imminent he assists Abby in her quest for her lost sister.  This story of extreme loss is heartwrenching, but filled with hope. Each character has a unique way of dealing with the loss of their family members, and moving forward with their lives. Kathy Herman has done a superb job of developing strong and credible characters, and the descriptive elements surrounding the resort area in the Ozark Mountains are picturesque. Hope and faith are strong currents that flow throughout this suspenseful novel. Potential readers would be wise to prepare for an adequate amount of time to read this book in its entirety. Once you begin reading you won't want to put this book down! Excellent writing! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only program through The Book Fun group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. Thank you to Fred St Laurent and David C Cook Publishing.
momofmhasr More than 1 year ago
~ As I was reading "Not By Sight" I could not put ti down, I literally read it in one day.I enjoyed the way the author weaved the mystery, and could picture the story clearly from the descriptions. The way the Mother and Brothers came back to Christ was uplifting and well done.I felt a strong connection to the Main Character Abby. Her confidence to continue to do things in the face of of people who did not believe her, or thought she was crazy. Her friendship with Jay was also very touching, if not a bit predictable. I loved the description the author made of the sunrise, it made me catch my breath. I would differently recommend this book to others! I received this book from bookfun in return for my honest opinion.
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
I need to start by saying that true "Christian" literature is not my cup of tea.  It is just a personal idiosyncrasy, but they are usually too preachy for me.  Therefore I hardly ever seek them out.  What drew me to this book, though, was the setting.  I grew up in the Midwest US and spent most of my summers in the Ozark Mountains.  When I saw that this book was set in the Ozarks, it peaked my interest and I will readily admit that I did not look any further.  So, I want to say upfront, this book is definitely Christian Lit and it never pretends to be anything else.  Accordingly, although I would have enjoyed the book much better myself without the strictly religious references, that is my fault and not that of the book or the author.   The main protagonists in this story, Abby and Jay, are best friends and high school students.  Abby has lived with the tragedy of her father and youngest sister's disappearance 5 years before the book is set.  Jay has his own set of skeletons that he would like to keep buried.  When Abby sees a girl in town that she feels HAS to be her missing sister, she enlists Jay in helping her to find out who she is and whether she could, in fact, be Riley Jo.  The story that the author weaves around the sighting of the young girl and the subsequent search for her identity was well presented and kept my interest throughout the book.  I really did become engrossed in the story, and found the mystery part of the book hard to put down.  I found myself saying "just a few more pages.....and a few more.....and a few more...."   In addition, the characters in the book were well developed and easy to identify with.  Although I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out, I really found myself rooting for all of the characters and hoping that everything turned out just the way that they wanted it to.   I admit, though, that I was most drawn to the setting of this book.  As I said above, I spent most of my summers as I was growing up in the Ozark Mountains.  In fact, my grandparents had a house on Beaver Lake in Arkansas, and my cousin still lives in the house today.  I am very familiar with the area.....the lake, Benton County (my cousin works for the sheriff's department), Fayetteville, Rogers, Eureka Springs, etc.  I loved reading about this area in a book and felt that the author's representation of the inhabitants,the town folks and the "mountain" families, the sheriff's department, the tourists, and those that cater to them, was spot on.   Ultimately this was a book about faith.  Faith in God, faith in the people around you, faith in the law and those that administer it, and faith in the world in general.  As such, the book presented just the right balance of things that worked out and those that didn't.   In fact, it would have been easy for the author to give this story an unbelievable, sugar sweet, Happily Ever After ending.  To her credit, she did not do that.  The ending had just the right amount of positive elements without having everything turn out perfect.  Kudos to her for that! In short, this story was well written, with engaging, positive characters who were good role models.  If you are a fan of Christian Literature in all of its forms, I would highly recommend this book.   Alternately, if you have middle schoolers and even young high schoolers and you would like to present them with a book that has a positive message and good role models, I would also recommend this book.  It is the first in a trilogy, and while I am not sure whether I will read the others or not, I am keeping an open mind about it.  To the author - the fact that I read a book so far out of my regular wheelhouse and enjoyed it so much is a testament to your writing skill and ability to tell a story. 
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best mysteries I have ever read, all the way from the cover to the last page. Not by Sight is earnest, wholesome, and gripping, with scenes that I easily imagined myself in.  Oh yes... I was right there with Abby.  I could feel the damp ground, the darkness, the terror of being... well, I can't really say where she was, but when you read it you'll understand. I love the Cummings family.  Hawk, 21, the eldest son.  A sharp young man who has resigned himself to living without his father and baby sister... even if his heart does a double take every-time he sees someone who looks like Riley Jo or their Dad.  Abby, the oldest daughter, age almost 16.  Abby fell into the arms of her Savior six months ago and knows that all things are possible with  Him. She is not imagining this little girl who looks so much like Riley Jo, and  she is willing to step into the fog and walk by faith to restore their family.  Jesse, age 10. This little boy is old enough to manage the hummingbird feeders by himself this summer, and has just discovered the God whom his Grandpa loves.  This child's faith is going to help uphold the family in the fiery trial.  Mrs. Cummings, who has mourned her husband and daughter for five long years.  God seems distant and prayer seems purposeless, all she wants is closure. Any reality that she needs to face would be welcome, in a heartbreaking way... even confirmation that they are not coming home. Grandpa Cummings, the godly man who leads their home.  He is wise and loving, helping his grandchildren and daughter deal with their tragedy.  And there is Angel View Lodge, a peaceful retreat deep in the gorgeous Ozark Mountains.  It was Micah Cumming's dream, and his wife and children continue it in his memory. Every description of the inn and the mountains made me want to go there and stay.  Thank you Mrs. Herman for sharing this favorite place of yours, and making it a favorite place of mine through this story.  I read all Christian fiction, because I love the way the authors grapple with spiritual themes.  I have read a lot of books that explore belief and doubt in excellent ways,  and Not by Sight is one of the most real.  The conversations they have, the growth they experience, I loved it.  (The inclusion of the guardian angel theme was so cool,  because I do believe that the angels of the Lord surround those He loves!)  In short, Thank you Mrs. Herman for your sweet surprise gift of this novel.  I wanted to tell the world how good it is, so I wrote these thoughts.  Thank you again for writing this book. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy.  :-) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read! It was a mystery, romance,Christian..a little bit of everything. I would wake up in the morning to read and then before going to bed read some more. I give it the biggest rating I could possibly give it. I wish they would make a movie out of this book! Kathy Herman is a great writer and I want to read all of her books. Well worth your time!
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
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.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
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 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. 
TammySotela More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book from Mary Vee's "Let's Talk" website. It is even better than I expected. Kathy Herman makes you fall in love with her characters as you bite your nails or cry along with them. There are lessons of faith, as well as, suspense and even some romance. I devoured this book. I could not turn the pages fast enough. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy, suspensful read. I thought a couple times that the story MUST be over, but it wasn't. I'll most certainly give this author who us new to me more reads!
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PattiShene More than 1 year ago
Not by Sight is a story of faith in the face of despair and tragedy. Even when her family believes there is no hope of finding her dad and sister, missing for five years, Amy Cummings clings to the belief that they are out there somewhere and will return home. Amy acts on the belief that a little girl she sees in town is the missing Riley Joe and finds herself confronted by well-founded doubt from family members. She fails to heed warnings by a foreboding stranger to stop asking questions. When Amy enlists the help of her best friend, Jay, she learns he has harbored a dark secret that could be a missing piece of the puzzle. The two take daring risks to find the truth of what happened to Riley Joe and her dad. Their explorations put them both in harm’s way. Persistence teaches Amy that, even though things don’t completely turn out the way she had hoped, God is always present and does answer prayer. This book was an enjoyable mystery with likeable characters. However, I would like to have seen more in depth characterization. A glimpse into Isaiah’s past to gain deeper insight into why he went to such desperate measures to obtain what he wanted would have enhanced the story for me. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good mystery and a heart-warming story with characters who are open about their Christian faith.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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 and take have to keep turning the pages!! Rating: 5 Heat Rating: Sweet Reviewed by: skinner.tammy Courtesy of My Book Addiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not read any of Kathy Herman's books before. I have already added her next 2 books of the triology to my to be read list.  The story revolved around the disappearance of a husband and little girl five years ago.  The story delves into the emotions and tests of faith that occur during those 5 years in  trying to determine what happened to the two of them( whether they are alive or dead). The story has so many twists and turns it keeps you on your toes with what is happening.I received a copy of the book from bookfun to review for my honest opinion.   
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
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 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!
GrammyGeek More than 1 year ago
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 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 from the Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review.
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MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Kate Cummings led a happy life with her husband and four children, until 5 years ago her husband and youngest daughter disappeared. No one heard from them again and Kate and her family were left in uncertainty about their fate. Abby is Kate’s oldest daughter—she’s 16 years old. One day when Abby is in town she spots a girl that looks like her little sister Riley Jo. Could it really be her, after all those years? Abby quickly takes a photo with her cell phone, before a bearded man grabs the girl and disappears into a store.  Back home Abby shows the picture to her mother, but Kate gave up hope to ever find her baby girl again, so she does not believe the girl in the photo is Riley Jo. Abby doesn’t give up hope and together with her best friend, Jay, they start gathering information about the girl in town. Soon an unknown man calls Abby on her cell phone and says she better stop her search for the girl. At first she thought it was a sick joke by one of the guys from school, but when the man calls again and Jay hears the man’s voice, everything changes… Who is this man? And why does he want Abby and Jay to stop their search for the girl? What grave danger is ahead of Abby and Jay? Will they ever find out who the girl is? And will Abby finally find out what happened to her father and little sister? This book had me on the edge of my seat! I couldn’t wait to find out how things were connected and if there would be a happy ending. Nice job, Kathy Herman! *Thanks to the publisher for providing me a review copy through NetGalley.*
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
There are very few authors that I have listed as a "Must Read" based solely on the quality of work they have published in the past.  Kathy Herman is one of those authors, and this book, the first in a new series, does not disappoint. Abby is a typical teenager in a typical lakeside town.  She helps out her mother and family at the family business, waiting tables and  whatever else is needed.  Her best friend JD is always by her side, best friends since they were young.  The only thing out of the ordinary is that her dad and younger sister have been missing for 5 years and no one knows where they are.  In downtown one  day, though,  Abby is sure that she has spotted her sister.  She snaps some photos of her, but then loses sight of her.  She talks to  her  mother about the sighting, but she brushes her off because this isn't the first time she's "sure" she's seen her sister.  JD agrees to help her locate this little girl and before you know it they are in a race for their life with a mountain man who doesn't like them prying into his business.  Trapped in his cellar with nowhere to go and no one knowing where they are, will they make it out alive?  Is this little girl her long lost sister?  What happened to her dad?   You'll find out as soon as you BUY THE BOOK!   Is this a "guy's book"?  I would have to say that this pretty darn close to being a great guy's book.  There is definitely intrigue, chase scenes and even a pack of wild animals.  Any man would be enthralled with this book.