The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.
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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?
This book is so sad! It starts you right off with the death of Alicen’s daughter. Poor Alicen has lost her daughter and her husband has left her, what is she to do with her life? What would you do? I would be so devastated and honestly don’t know how I would handle losing everything that is important in your life. The first chapter is pretty gripping. It really sucks you in, but it loses momentum pretty quickly.
It is an interesting book but it moves very slowly. It is like reading a story within a story within a story. Yes there are that many stories and I didn’t just accidentally repeat myself lol. You have the story of what Alicen is dealing with in the here and now, you have the story of her grandmother, the story of her mother and how she failed her, and then finally the story of Victoria. There is so much going on and so many different directions that the story is going it is hard to keep track of it all.
I wasn’t really sure how I felt about this book at first. I was actually terrified to read it because I knew that her daughter died and as a mother that is heart-wrenching and I can’t imagine that happening. When I read the part where she loses her daugher, I cried. I cried like a little baby, because it is so sad and it was an accident that could easily happen to any one of us. Pool drownings happen more often that we would like to think about. My kids spend a lot of time in the pool and this just made me nauseous at the thought of something like this happening. Unfortunately, this is the only gripping part of the book. It takes a turn for the slow and boring after the first chapter. Super disappointing when a certain part can affect you so violently but there is no continuation of the feeling. I was hoping for more from this book.
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