Beyond Reach (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series)

Beyond Reach (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series)

by Melody Carlson
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Beyond Reach (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series) by Melody Carlson

If You Thought You Needed Vision, Would You Ask God For It?

Exhausted by her role in the dramatic rescue of Kayla Henderson, Samantha McGregor is ready for a vacation from her God-given visions. But when Sam gets her wish and the visions actually go on hiatus, she’s beginning to wonder if she’s lost her spiritual gift forever. To make matters worse, her police friend Ebony needs her help!

Peter Clark has been dead for several years, an open-and-shut case of suicide, but Ebony’s not convinced. Why would he do it? And why does Ebony suspect foul play? Sam has been no help in the investigation, and just when she’s lost all hope, God gives her a vision of a guy jumping from a railroad bridge. Suddenly the floodgates open and all of Sam’s visions involve suicide. Who is this guy? And what does this have to do with Peter’s death? It’s a race against the clock as Sam worries about every brown-haired guy she meets: her lab partner, Olivia’s rocker friend, Peter’s little brother–they all fit the description!

Whoever the guy in her vision is, his identity is just beyond Sam’s reach, and he’s definitely losing his grip fast…Trusting God will lead her, Sam’s determined to send a message of hope and find him before he gives up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590526934
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/17/2007
Series: Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melody Carlson is an award-winning author of more than 100 books for teens, women, and children. She and her husband enjoy an active lifestyle of hiking, camping, and biking in the beautiful yet mysterious Pacific Northwest, where she says, “A new story seems to lurk around every corner.”

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Beyond Reach (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Oliver Kids More than 1 year ago
this series is amazinngggggg!
Desire- More than 1 year ago
I just finished the mysterious book Beyond Reach written by Melody Carlson. I really liked this book because it was very appealing to me. It showed characteristics of a teenage girl going through so much in her life. This book is in a series called the Secret Life of Samantha McGregor. The main character in the book is named Samantha. She has a special gift that she believes is from God. Samantha is only 16 and has the responsibility of a full grown adult. She goes to high school and goes to church. Along the way in the book Samantha ran into some problems of her own. She and her mother were not getting along very well and that really messed with her mind. Also she had a friend that she was trying to help but didn't know how to really help this friend. I can relate because sometimes I feel like I am the one that does all the adult things. My parents are never home and that leaves my sisters and I'm in charge of doing the daily house chores and cook dinner for everyone. Including, doing the laundry and watching over everyone, but mostly our nephew. But that is too much responsibility for a 14 year old to handle. My favorite part of the book was how Samantha was able to go to school than church than still have time to do something she wanted to do. She managed her time very well. I would most likely recommend this book towards girls that like mysterious things. This book will show you that it isn't all about guys. That life is more about the moments. I really did enjoy reading this book. It gave me the chance to think about things in a different point of view. I highly think other people should read this!
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Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Gigi Hoffman

Melody Carlson¿s Beyond Reach, the second book in The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series, is just as enthralling as book one. Carlson uses real life teen topics, tons of suspense, and faith in God to spin an engaging, can¿t-put-it-down book.

Samantha McGregor, the girl with a God-given gift of prophecy, is at it again. Or maybe not. After trying to make sense of her visions to save her friend Kayla (in book one), plus her visions about a terrorist attack, Sam is ready for a break from the prophecies. She complains to God, saying she wants a little hiatus, and the visions stop, just like she wanted.

The only problem is, now Detective Ebony Hamilton needs her help with a cold case. Samantha doesn¿t know what to do. The dreams and visions have been gone for weeks. How can she possibly help? Has God taken away her gift for good?

When Sam¿s gift finally returns, she has a vision of a brown-haired boy jumping off a bridge to his death. Who is the boy? Does it have to do with the old suicide case Ebony is looking into? Samantha worries about every brunet guy she encounters¿if only she knew who was going to jump off that bridge. With the unknown guy just out of reach, Samantha puts her trust in God, praying that he will show her who it is¿before it¿s too late.

Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Melody Carlson amazes me with her grasp on teens. It feels like she knows what's happening in the teen mind. In this book she talks about suicide, and other major problems that teenagers face everyday. You will not be dissapointed with this great book.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
This is another superior novel from Melody Carlson. The book starts off with an action packed scene in a airplane involving terrorists and it doesn't stop there. Suicide is a topic that no one likes to talk about but that teens face everyday. The topic of the violence in video games was very much appreciated. I cannot understand how parents knowingly allow their kids to get games with so much killing and gore in it. I felt for Garrett and the situation with his father. I shudder to think how many people are in his situation due to verbal abusive from family members. The characters in this series are really realistic and likable. I like the subplots involving Olivia and her quest to get into the band. Samantha again shows how mature of a teenager she is especially involving situations with her mother and brother. Most people would end up suffering from being in a dysfunctional family. This is one of the best teen fiction books out there, serious with hard hitting issues yet entertaining at the same time. Melody Carlson has really outdone herself.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
(As seen on Christian Book Previews site.) Beyond Reach is the second book in a series, but it reads like a stand-alone novel. From the first page the author pulls the reader into a dramatic scene. Samantha is in an airport and her vision involves terrorists. That's when the reader finds out more about Samantha's special gift. The burden seems to be too much at times and Samantha complains to God about this. Then she stops having visions and she's worried God has taken away her gift. There are two core components of the rest of the story. Samantha is trying to determine what happened to Peter, who died five years earlier from a gunshot wound to the head, and then there are the strange visions of suicide attempts that plague her. Without giving the story away, I'll say that the author really knows how to pull the reader along. Sometimes you think you know who the person in danger is, but then the author twists things or puts a spin on the direction you think the story is going. I figured out who was in danger before he was revealed, but that didn't bother me because it made me even more invested in the story. Because I cared about the characters, I wanted to make sure the person was safe, and I sat at the edge of my seat when things started to become clear to Samantha. Beyond Reach is a multi-faceted novel of intrigue, suspense, and mystery, but it is also a story about the value of true friendship and unconditional love. The heroine genuinely cared about the hurting people in this story and it clearly made a difference in their lives. She set aside her own fears and concerns for the benefit of others. That is what true Christian faith is all about, and the author does a fabulous job showing that Christ-like love can literally save someone from total destruction. This story inspired me because the characters were very three dimensional and interesting. There was nothing sappy about this story. In fact, Beyond Reach is superior to many YA novels on the market because while the subject matter is depressing, in this story there are vivid scenes that offer hope, and Samantha is such a wonderful role model for youth. I highly recommend this book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Oregon, seventeen years old Samantha MacGregor has a gift from God that enables her to see dreams of the problems confronting other people. She has used her ability to help police officer Ebony Hamilton, but after a harrowing case in Arizona involving the missing rule breaker Kayla Henderson ((see BAD CONNECTION) she comes home tired and asks God for a timeout.------------------------ A few days later Ebony asks Samantha to assist her with a cold case involving a teen Peter Clark shot in the head after leaving a suicide note. His mom believes a homicide occurred after her son¿s girlfriend Faith Mitchell got in touch with her insisting that Peter would never kill himself. As Samantha tries to help, she realizes she has stopped dreaming for a couple of weeks. That scares her because she believes that God listened to her and took away his gift. She finally envisions her chemistry lab partner Garrett Pierson jumping off a bridge and as to the Clark case she believes the younger brother knows what happened.----------------- BEYOND REACH, book two of the Samantha MacGregor Secret Life tales, is an entertaining teen inspirational investigative thriller starring a heroine struggling with acceptance of God¿s special gift to her though her faith is strong. Samantha holds the story line together as she tries to use her gift to help others especially her police pal. The cold case will fascinate the audience as Samantha¿s ability seems gone at first as God heard her prayer for a time out, but how long will that last frightens the courageous teen as she learns to honor what was given to her. The support cast adds mostly to the thriller elements as fans will enjoy Samantha¿s efforts to do the right thing while trying not to burn out as she is a young human with quite a responsibility.------------ Harriet Klausner