Monday, July 30, 2018

Book Review - When Through Deep Waters


Alicen McCaffrey finally has the life her mother always dreamed for her: beautiful home in Santa Monica, successful husband, adorable daughter. Then tragedy blows her carefully assembled façade to pieces. Worse yet—Alicen feels solely responsible. At rock bottom, she decides to accompany a childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids.

The peaceful mountain landscape, accented with lush forests and small-town charm, brings back happy memories of time spent with her beloved, eccentric Grandma Josephine. Alicen begins to hope that perhaps things could be different here. Perhaps the oppressive guilt will lift—if only for a moment.

But when Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing mysterious figures near the river in the woods, she begins to fear she’s completely lost her sanity, as it’s rumored her grandmother did. Or might there be more to Red Lodge than meets the eye? Could the voices and visions be real—and her only means of finding the healing she so desperately needs? Or will they prove to be her final undoing?


The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She won a Christy Award for her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Choosing, which was followed by two more books in the Seer Series: The Calling and The Returning. Rachelle graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. Visit her online at


I finished this book in two days! It is definitely a page turner and I wasn't sure what was going to happen next.

This story is about Alicen (can I admit here that it took me a few pages to realize how to pronounce this as Alison - lol) and how she deals with the tragic circumstances that befall her. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Alicen but I think that's all part of the story - how she changes and evolves.

When she goes back to Montana, as place that holds dear memories as a child, things start to happen that have her, and those around her, unsettled. She starts hearing voices and seeing children that seem to speak to her and know her. Not only that, but she has heard of these children before from someone else.

I really like Alicen's friend, Louise. If only we could all have a friend like this! She is Alicen's advocate and helps her in so many ways. I like how she sees the good in Alicen, even when other's don't. I'm not too crazy about Alicen's mother, although her attitude really does have something to do with the story and how Alicen feels about herself.

This story really is the classic good versus evil story and Rachelle really does it well. There was a small area in the middle of the book where I thought it was dragging a bit, but other than this, I really enjoyed the book wholeheartedly. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the Tyndale Blog Network

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. Well guess who has this book waiting for her to read? I have to finish another one from the library first. I am glad you liked it! :)


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