Praise for Out of Dark Places:
"A novel consists of three main parts, first being the story, second being the characters, and third the writing. Most novels can get by with two of the three and still be considered good. Jeff Gephart managed to do all three. I am in awe of his writing. "
-Glenn Oliver Parkhurst, author of Bled Out
"... an exquisite read ... The author's fascination with the human psyche is both clinical and artistic."
- Marina Julia Neary, author of Brenden Malone, The Last Fenian
" Theauthor spins a tale that builds inexorably in tension and mounting passion ... Gephart developshis characters with multi-layered complexities and fascinations with the kindof sterling finesse rarely found ... "
- Marvin D Wilson, author of Beware the Devil's Touch, Owen Fiddler, and I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie)
A sixteen-year-old girl disappears from a small town in Virginia, and the seemingly random and senseless crime begins the gradual unraveling of the family she has left behind. Emmett Sands, a spiritual leader of the rural community, finds his own faith being tested by his stepdaughter's disappearance. As he struggles to help his embittered wife cope with the tragedy, he finds he must face up to some long-buried secrets of his own. The Second Life is a story of the dual nature of the lives we all lead, and it also takes an unflinching look at some of the sensitive issues everyone must face--the disintegration of relationships, the testing of faith, living with lies, and facing their consequences. Most of all, it's about finding hope in unlikely places, and finding the courage to become who you truly are.