The Past Is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson

The Past Is Never

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 wate...

Details The Past Is Never

TitleThe Past Is Never
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
GenreGothic, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Horror, Southern Gothic

Reviews The Past Is Never

  • 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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they come back, Pansy has disappeared. Not drowned, not lost... simply gone. Pansy is only 6 years old. They keep looking and hunting for her. They looked years for her. They we...
  • 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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside the person or inside a place that has seen the evil of man. Something terrible happens on this the three siblings last day, and changes their lives forevermore.Fantas...
  • 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 a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I saw she had a new book coming out. Once again, Tyson focused on family. Three siblings, Bert, Willett, and Pansy go swimming at the forbidden local rock quarry, and on...
  • 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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. This writing that was full of emotion and beautifully descriptive. I couldn’t leave it without finding out what happened that day when Bert and Willet take their youn...
  • 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 opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!
  • 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 mom treats her like royalty and when he’s around (which isn’t often), their dad dotes on her. They live in a place that is full of legends and is said to be cursed. Unexplainable things have happened in this place. Bad things. Is it legend, the ...
  • 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 rightAnd I ain't got no worries'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.” -- Black Water, Doobie Brothers, lyrics by Patrick Simmons "To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi." - William FaulknerThe Mississippi Delta is known ...
  • 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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old rock quarry where legends, folktales, and Gothic fiction seem to abide. The children in an attempt to cool off on a hot Mississippi summer's day head off to the woods and...
  • 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?Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is turned in “The Past is Never,” the latest novel by Tiffany Quay Tyson. The author first left her mark in Southern fiction with “Three Rivers,” a finalist in th...
  • 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 blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into a blessed ending.The missing child, Pansy, is the youngest of three children in a rural Mississippi family. The father is a gadfly, never at home, leaving the child...
  • Talk Supe
    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn’t justify the hardships Willet & Bert went through. I’ve gotten invested not just in this siblings’ quest to find the truth, but also rooted for them hoping all the...
  • Susanna
    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A family tragedy unspools to reveal a series of family tragedies and not-tragedies, the mistaken information and untold tales that make up kinship, and ultimately, the re...
  • Cynthia
    I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the story. I was enthralled with the way the story flawlessly came together at the end. Highly recommended!
  • Sandra Bond
    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story!
  • Kathy
    3.5 stars.Set in the mid 1970s, The Past Is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson is an atmospheric tale of mystery and intrigue.One hot summer day in 1976, fourteen year Roberta Lynn (Bert), sixteen year old Willet and six year Pansy head to the quarry to go swimming although their father has warned them to stay away from the cursed swimming hole. Bert and Willet leave Pansy, who is a strong swimmer, while they go and pick berries. A strong but brief stor...