The Past is Never

The Past is Never

by Tiffany Quay Tyson

Overview: Siblings Bert, Willet, and Pansy know better than to go swimming at the old rock quarry. According to their father, it's the devil's place, a place that's been cursed and forgotten. But Mississippi Delta summer days are scorching hot and they can't resist cooling off in the dark, bottomless water. Until the day six-year-old Pansy disappears. Not drowned, not lost . . . simply gone.

After years with no sign, no hope of ever finding Pansy alive, Bert and Willet have tried to move on. But as surely as their mother died of a broken heart, they can't let go. So when clues surface drawing them to the remote tip of Florida, they drop everything and drive south. Deep in the murky depths of the Florida Everglades they may find the answer to Pansy's mysterious disappearance . . . but truth, like the past, is sometimes better left where it lies.

Perfect for fans of Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Allison, The Past Is Never is an atmospheric, haunting story of myths, legends, and the good and evil we carry in our hearts.

Deanna Boe (05/12/19): This was an extremely difficult book to follow. It jumped back and forth between the family characters: the very past, middle past and present. The storyline was somewhat weird. In short, can you tell I really didnít like it? Parts of it seemed redundant, other parts seemed interesting, but then bingo the storyline was off on another strange tactic. The main theme is the fact that a brother and sister were told to watch their youngest sibling who was six. They were teen-agers. Their mother had lots of mental problems so they liked to get away when they could. Even though they were forbidden to go to the quarry at any time, and definitely not to swim, like all kids they did what they were told not to do. All of a sudden the older two were hungry and decided to go pick berries to eat. Because the six-year old was a great swimmer, loved to float forever it seemed on her back, they left her by herself. You know immediately that something is going to happen to her, I mean, wouldnít that be obvious. Now the mother really has a breakdown. The father was gone on his usual jaunt around the U.S. passing off fake money that their father and uncle created. Naturally the whole area is drawn into the search for their sister, but she is not found. The rest of the book dwells on all that is done to find her, all that happened in the families past, and how the father was never found until the end, and even then many donít feel it was him. The book has possibilities, just not the way it was put together.
Rating: **+

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