About The Book: The day Ivy Griffith walks out of jail after serving her sentence for withholding evidence in the Joe Hadley murder case, she is ready to put her years of pain and drug abuse behind her. A new job at her parents’ Christian camp in Colorado promises stability in this new season, but she is unprepared for her brother’s indifference toward her and her son, Montana. When camp worker Rue Kessler takes an interest in Montana, Ivy hopes the attention will make up for the rejection her son is feeling—and she doesn’t mind the attention Rue directs her way either.
Then a rash of crimes turns deadly, and Ivy suspects that Rue isn’t all he appears to be. But how can she condemn another when she knows the pain of accusation? The mysteries increase as Ivy struggles to move beyond the secrets of her past. Along the way, she discovers that the hardest person to forgive might be herself.
This fast-paced suspense novel continues the Phantom Hollow series with a rich exploration of the risks and possibilities of starting over.
Author Bio: Award-winning author Kathy Herman has been on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) and at Better Books Christian Center in Texas. She has conducted educational seminars at CBA conventions in the U.S. and Canada, served as a judge for the Gold Medallion Book Awards, and worked as an independent product/marketing consultant to the CBA market. She is the author of twelve novels, including the bestsellers Tested by Fire and All Things Hidden. Kathy and her husband, Paul, live in Tyler, Texas.
Q. Will there be another suspense series coming soon from you?
Oh, you can count on it. I’m already playing with the idea of a trilogy set in East Tennessee. I know I want to wrap the first story around Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. My husband and I are going to take a car trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and I’ll research the area until I can see, hear, smell, and touch it with my eyes closed.
Q. Any spin-off characters from previous books like you’ve done in the past?
I don’t think so. I’ve already finished writing The Grand Scheme, the third and final Phantom Hollow Book, and I think the story is so satisfying that I should just leave things as they are. I think you’re going to love it!
Q. When does The Grand Scheme release?
Q. What is the one thing you want your readers to walk away from this particular series with?
As you know, each of my stories is built around a different Scripture. But if I were to pare it down to one thing I want my readers to take away it’s a clean slate—and a sense of who they really are in Christ.
Q. What’s on your bedside reading table?
You mean other than pictures of my five beautiful grandchildren? I wish I could tell you I had a whole stack of books on bedside table just waiting to be read. But the truth is I have an entire cabinet full because I seldom get to read merely for pleasure anymore. Writing professionally is demanding and the novels I read are usually the ones I endorse. What I’m reading right now is a wonderful non-fiction book titled The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges.
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