Ever Present Danger

Ever Present Danger

by Kathy Herman
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Ever Present Danger by Kathy Herman

Can You Ever Escape Your Past?

At eighteen, popular Ivy Griffith likes nothing better than getting stoned with her boyfriend, Pete, and his basketball buddies–until one afternoon when a nightmare unfolds. Ivy watches in horror as her boyfriend and his friends murder a teammate and bury his body in a remote location. The four friends make a pact to keep the killing quiet, and Ivy flees her parents’ Colorado home for college and never looks back.

Now, after ten years of numbing her guilt with drugs, she’s finally clean. The single mom of a seven-year-old son, Montana, Ivy returns home to the tiny town of Jacob’s Ear, hoping for courage to reveal the shocking truth of her past and be rid of this baggage forever.

But when disaster strikes at her high school reunion, she’s the only one left alive who witnessed that fateful night so long ago…Or is she? Who else could’ve known about the pact and who would want Pete and his co-conspirators dead? As the investigation heats up and the death toll rises, Ivy is forced to decide if confessing the truth is really worth risking her own life.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307561961
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Series: Phantom Hollow Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 465,166
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kathy Herman is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Baxter series, Poor Mrs. Rigsby, and the Seaport Suspense novels. Her thought-provoking stories are ordinary enough to be believable and extraordinary enough to stick with the reader long after the cover is closed. Kathy and her husband, Paul, live in Texas and have three grown children and five grandchildren. They enjoy world travel, deep sea fishing, and bird watching–sometimes incorporating all three into one big adventure.


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Ever Present Danger 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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It captivates you and you cant wait to find a few minutes to sit down and read... Really enjoyed it . I love books with a twist and also a christian read!!!!! It would be great for a book club discussion!!!
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Popular, honor student Ivy Griffith went down the wrong path starting with dating Pete Barton basketball player and hanging out with his buddies Reg and Denny. As the fab four getting stoned was the normal way of life. Than one afternoon Ivy sat dumbstruck and stoned in Pete¿s car as Pete strangled Joe Hadley classmate and teammate and Pete, Reg and Denny buried his body. The fab four made a pack to never tell what happened. Spinning out of control Ivy ran from home to college never looking back. Ten years later thanks to seventy year old Lu Ramirez, Ivy has cleaned up her life, has been off drugs for three years and has a seven year old son Montana. Gramma Lu as Montana calls her lived next door and cared for Montana when Ivy was stoned and pulled Ivy back from the pit of self-destruction. But now Lu is dying and Ivy doesn¿t know what else to do but go home to her parents even if it means facing the past. Ivy¿s parents welcome her home and take care of the arrangements for Lu after she dies and starts to help take care of Ivy and Montana. Pete keeps hanging around pressuring her to make sure she keeps the pact. Also in her life is Bill Ziwicki one time classmate and drug dealer for the fab four. At the high school reunion feeling pressured by Pete, Ivy agrees to sit with the fab four. Reg and Denny get very drunk and Ivy suggests Pete should take them to their room. While gone Ivy dances with Bill with a start of a romance. Later Ivy worries about Pete being gone for so long so Ivy and Bill go to the guys¿ room to find all three have been murdered! Bill and Ivy find themselves in the mist of a murder investigation and the police and FBI believe both murders are related and that Bill and Ivy are involved. And that is only the beginning¿¿. This awesome page turner was too good to put down! Not only is it a compelling story but you¿ll learn about God¿s unfailing forgiveness and grace. Between the pages is an awesome lesson of temptation and how sin leads to more sin. Author Kathy Herman has done an outstanding job of telling this story of suspense and intrigue. A perfect read for high schoolers and adults alike. Also included is a reader¿s guide perfect for a reader¿s group or even a Bible study as the teaching is that amazing. But what I really liked was the ¿Afterword¿, a letter written by the author to the reader that will have you stopping and analyzing your own life long after you¿ve finished this book. So sit back and enjoy this awesome spellbinding tale and be prepared the ending is amazing!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ivy Griffith left her hometown of Jacob¿s Ear, Colorado following the death of Joe Hadley. Over the years she used drugs and alcohol to bury her conscience as the pact she made with Pete Barton, Reg and Denny haunts her because she knows she should have spoke up. She sold her body to pay for drugs. Now after a decade away she calls her mom to ask if she, her seven years old son Montana, and a close friend seventy years old Lucia Ramirez can come home. Her mom is elated and wary, but welcomes her while her dad refuses to offer encouragement as he fears she will hurt them again Ivy has doubts too that you can¿t come home.--------------- Lu is dying from leukemia so she needs someone to watch over her son while she works. Her mom jumps at the job of spending time with her grandson that she did not know existed until recently her dad remains cold and aloof expecting Ivy to run. Not only does she stay she obtains work as a waitress at a restaurant and avoids Pete, owner of a deli as much as possible. However, a construction team has uncovered the buried skull of Joe while digging on the Collier Ranch just prior to Ivy becoming embroiled in something as lethal.-------------------- The key to this fascinating character study is Ivy whose subsequent actions following the pivotal moment of her life seem genuine as she struggles to bury the guilt that has overwhelmed her. When she comes home with her son and her dying friend, the reactions of her parents especially her father, also seem realistic as a decade of dysfunctional and distrust does not suddenly end over night. Though a late suspense subplot takes away from an incredibly deep family drama, Kathy Herman provides a well written inspirational character study.--------------- Harriet Klausner
ashleybre More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book is wonderful. It is about a girl anmed Ivy Grifith who has made many of mistakes,but come back home to her family to set things straight with her friends and family. All she wants is forgivness. This book is one that show you what extreams people go to to get forgivness and how flawed our world really is. The vivid characters and strong story line will keep you reading well into the night. I would suggest this book to anyone who has gone through a conflict that has taken over their life. This book helped me get my faith back to where it should have been before, and helped me notice that everyone makes mistakes and deserves forgivness. This book helped me through a tough period in time and I think it can do the same for someone else. --Ash.