The Past Is Never

The Past Is Never Review

A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism, and the search for a missing child.

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.

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  • Mary Beth

    On a hot summer day, Bert, Willet, and Pansy went swimming swimming in the quarry in Missippi Delta. They were not allowed to swim there since it was known to be cursed. Their father always told them ...

  • Diane S ?

    Southern Gothic takes us to the Mississippi Delta and a quarry said to be evil, cursed. Three siblings told to give a berth to this quarry, instead it becomes a place they regularly go to swim. Someth...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 mesmerizing, mysterious, magical stars to The Past Is Never ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ This is a hard book to describe at first thought! I read Tiffany Quay Tyson’s debut, Three Rivers, and adored it. It was...

  • Angela M

    4+ stars . After I read the first few of pages, I thought maybe this was going to be a little too eerie, a little too dark, a little too suspenseful, a little out of my comfort zone. I continued readi...

  • Norma

    Wow! So many great books that I have read since my little reading break! I loved this one and what an absolutely wonderful ending!!!Review to follow soon!Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the opportu...

  • Susanne Strong

    4 Stars.Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, siblings, Bert, Willet and Pansy, don’t have the easiest life, but they have each other. Pansy is the youngest, the favorite and is spoiled rotten. Their...

  • Cheri

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”Old black water, keep on rollin'Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me?“Keep on shinin' your lightGonna make everything, everythingGonna make everything all rightA...

  • Marialyce

    4+ to a "quite a story" story!This was a fascinating tale of family and the concept that family does not always mean blood. This tale brought together many characters chief among them were: Bert, Will...

  • Susan Obryan

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present – and future – be affected by a past you didn’t even realize existed...

  • Jim Ringel

    Tiffany Quay Tyson’s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child’s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blosso...