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When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart, in Agatha Award-winning author Alicia Beckman's suspense debut Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision. A dream. A When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart, in Agatha Award-winning author Alicia Beckman's suspense debut Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision. A dream. A nightmare. When a young man was killed, Sarah's guilt over having ignored the warning in her dreams devastated her. Her friendships with her closest friends, and her sister, fell apart as she worked to build a new life in a new city. But she never stopped loving Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake. Now that she's a young widow, her mother urges her to return to the lodge for healing. But when she arrives, she's greeted by an old friend--and by news of a murder that's clearly tied to that tragic day she'll never forget. And the dreams are back, too. What dangers are they warning of this time? As Sarah and her friends dig into the history of the lodge and the McCaskill family, they uncover a legacy of secrets and make a discovery that gives a chilling new meaning to the dreams. Now, they can no longer ignore the ominous portents from the past that point to a danger more present than any of them could know.


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When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart, in Agatha Award-winning author Alicia Beckman's suspense debut Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision. A dream. A When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart, in Agatha Award-winning author Alicia Beckman's suspense debut Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision. A dream. A nightmare. When a young man was killed, Sarah's guilt over having ignored the warning in her dreams devastated her. Her friendships with her closest friends, and her sister, fell apart as she worked to build a new life in a new city. But she never stopped loving Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake. Now that she's a young widow, her mother urges her to return to the lodge for healing. But when she arrives, she's greeted by an old friend--and by news of a murder that's clearly tied to that tragic day she'll never forget. And the dreams are back, too. What dangers are they warning of this time? As Sarah and her friends dig into the history of the lodge and the McCaskill family, they uncover a legacy of secrets and make a discovery that gives a chilling new meaning to the dreams. Now, they can no longer ignore the ominous portents from the past that point to a danger more present than any of them could know.

30 review for Bitterroot Lake

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Bitterroot Lake is a new release by an author I've previously read under a different pseudonym. I've enjoyed her lighter, amateur sleuth mystery series, which made it an easy decision to read this evolution into a darker, more suspenseful novel. To begin with, the cover is enchanting and inviting. Had I not known the author's identity, I still would've picked it up. Given the title, you know it has some lengthy history to cover, and there will be tons of hidden and not-so-hidden metaphors about Bitterroot Lake is a new release by an author I've previously read under a different pseudonym. I've enjoyed her lighter, amateur sleuth mystery series, which made it an easy decision to read this evolution into a darker, more suspenseful novel. To begin with, the cover is enchanting and inviting. Had I not known the author's identity, I still would've picked it up. Given the title, you know it has some lengthy history to cover, and there will be tons of hidden and not-so-hidden metaphors about character personalities and troubled pasts, right? Sarah has tried to forget some of her past. As a teenager, one friend was attacked, another killed in a strange car accident. Of the two surviving victims, one became her husband... the other a much-disliked lawyer. When the lawyer turns up dead, and notes about the so-called accident come flooding back the week after Sarah's husband dies of cancer, nothing adds up. She's a widow in her 40s; her mother also lost her husband a few years ago, and now she wants to sell the family's childhood home, a large lakeside estate that could become a B&B. The book has all the elements of a dark and complicated mystery. Multiple streams and stories run through the pages, connecting the past and the future. Sarah's 3 girlfriends reappear with letters stating that someone knows what happened years ago. What could it be? Unlike the author's other work, there isn't an amateur sleuth. Sarah is simply trying to grieve and process her husband's death while figuring out what happened to her life and friendships. Who is following her? Why the sudden urge to sell the home? And who is the woman appearing in a vision that has a connection to her grandparents and great-grandparents who originally built / enlarged the structure? I appreciated the characterizations and settings in this book. It draws you in, painting a beautiful picture of an idyllic scene that has been tarnished by anger, revenge, and secrets. Sarah is well developed, but she's also ordinary... meaning relatable. Although she has a bit of money, she's first a mother and a widow... it's about overcoming pain and learning you might've been blind to the truth in the past. It's not a fast-paced suspense novel where you turn the pages to guess who killed the lawyer. I almost didn't care who killed him; I wanted to know about the ghost and how what seemed like a regular car accident could really be more. The writing quality is strong. Some areas were a bit more descriptive than necessary, and it would've been elevated higher had the various stories / plots intersected a bit more. In some cases, I felt like there were details left out that might enhance the intrigue or suspense. Minor stuff. It shows the author can move into other genres and has a lot of promise to come for future books beyond her current series. I liked visiting Montana, which was new to me. It sounds like a stunning place. Thanks for a good read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Super Slow Moving Suspense Mystery/ Thriller. I really try to read this book, but I could not do it. I ended up DNFing this book at 35%. This book was moving so slow it could not keep me pulled into the story. I could not get into the storyline or the characters. If you like slow moving thrillers you may like this book, but I have to have a fast moving thriller/mystery to keep me pulled into the storyline. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Crooked Lane Book This is a Super Slow Moving Suspense Mystery/ Thriller. I really try to read this book, but I could not do it. I ended up DNFing this book at 35%. This book was moving so slow it could not keep me pulled into the story. I could not get into the storyline or the characters. If you like slow moving thrillers you may like this book, but I have to have a fast moving thriller/mystery to keep me pulled into the storyline. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Crooked Lane Books) or author (Alicia Beckman) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 stars Twenty-five years earlier an assault occurred and was followed by a tragic traffic accident. Sarah McCaskill was at the party that night and witnessed the events. She moved away from Whitetail Lodge on Bitterroot Lake after that. Only days widowed, she returns at the request of her mother to set the old lodge, now pretty much abandoned, to rights. She will clean and make repairs. She finds an abandoned cat and adopts her. She also finds an old friend squatting in one of the cabins. Janine 4 stars Twenty-five years earlier an assault occurred and was followed by a tragic traffic accident. Sarah McCaskill was at the party that night and witnessed the events. She moved away from Whitetail Lodge on Bitterroot Lake after that. Only days widowed, she returns at the request of her mother to set the old lodge, now pretty much abandoned, to rights. She will clean and make repairs. She finds an abandoned cat and adopts her. She also finds an old friend squatting in one of the cabins. Janine says she found Lucas' body shot to death. She is afraid she will be blamed. Lucas was the driver of the car in which the young man was killed. Now, Lucas has been shot to death in his attorney office. This book has an element supernatural in it. Sarah identifies her “visitor” from an old picture she finds in one of her ancestor's photo albums, As she finally begins to talk about the visitations, she learns that she is not the only one who has seen the mysterious young woman. Anja was an employee of the lodge many, many years earlier. She died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. This book is about the secrets that we all think we need to keep and the consequences of keeping secrets. What is the ultimate cost of them? How to they affect the family as a whole? In an understated manner, this book discusses the issue. Sarah worries too much and imagines things are not okay, when really they are. She seems perfectly normal to me, except for her little “visitations.” I think this is a good book. The reader learns enough about the major characters so that they become known, but it does not detract from the story line at all. We also get a smattering of the history behind the lodge, which I found interesting. I enjoyed this book. I look forward to checking out Ms. Beckman's next offering. I want to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for forwarding to me a copy of this good book for me to read, enjoy and review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Caldarone

    Bitterroot Lake “When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart.” This was such a great and emotional read. It covered so many topics such as attempted rape, murder, mental healing, death of a loved one, and fixing friendships. Thank you to crooked lane books for this digital copy to read and review, and thank you to NetGalley for your amazing platform! This Bitterroot Lake “When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart.” This was such a great and emotional read. It covered so many topics such as attempted rape, murder, mental healing, death of a loved one, and fixing friendships. Thank you to crooked lane books for this digital copy to read and review, and thank you to NetGalley for your amazing platform! This story follows Sarah, whose husband had just recently passed. She heads to the family lodge she grew up around that has so much history and so many memories. When she arrives at the lodge, she finds an old friend, Janine hiding out there. It comes out that she went to confront a man who ruined their lives and found him dead. Sarah and Janine know they will pin the killing on her. A very tragic situation took place in these ladies lives and the whole gang of friends reunite to help Janine and figure out what happened. During all this craziness, Sarah begins having dreams about a woman walking to the lake. As she dives into the history of the lodge she realizes all the things that have happened and what people have gone through in the years. This is a hard book to review without giving away spoilers so I tried my best. This book will be released in April so you should totally add this to your carts or your TBR list! #justonemorechapter #crookedlanebooks #netgalley #bitterrootlake #digitalarc #digitalbook #januaryreads #saturdaymorningreads #bookaddict #bookobsessed #bookjourney #2021books

  5. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    An intriguing spin on the "I know what you did" story entwined with a multitude of suspects and suspicion due to an abundance of secrets between the main characters leads to a plot that will keep you turning pages and trying to figure out who the real villain is. Well written and great characters with strengths, weaknesses and flaws that make them all the more real. I absolutely can't wait to read more of this authors books as this one was a first for me. An intriguing spin on the "I know what you did" story entwined with a multitude of suspects and suspicion due to an abundance of secrets between the main characters leads to a plot that will keep you turning pages and trying to figure out who the real villain is. Well written and great characters with strengths, weaknesses and flaws that make them all the more real. I absolutely can't wait to read more of this authors books as this one was a first for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    It was hard to get into the story. It sounded like a good slow burn novel but it really dragged for me. The characters are well developed but I didn't are about them which took away from the story. On the plus side, everything came together at the end It was hard to get into the story. It sounded like a good slow burn novel but it really dragged for me. The characters are well developed but I didn't are about them which took away from the story. On the plus side, everything came together at the end

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This is one of those books that has all the ingredients I love in a book (a murder, a ghost, a creepy old lodge!) but I just couldn't connect with it and I can't put my finger on why. It centers on Sarah and is told primarily from her point of view. Sarah lost touch with her group of friends after an incident in their early 20s and returned to her family's Montana lodge 20+ years later after her husband dies from cancer, only to be faced with the murder of the guy who caused all the fallout all This is one of those books that has all the ingredients I love in a book (a murder, a ghost, a creepy old lodge!) but I just couldn't connect with it and I can't put my finger on why. It centers on Sarah and is told primarily from her point of view. Sarah lost touch with her group of friends after an incident in their early 20s and returned to her family's Montana lodge 20+ years later after her husband dies from cancer, only to be faced with the murder of the guy who caused all the fallout all those years ago. The author spent more time developing Sarah's character than the other characters and I thought she was likeable, but just didn't really connect with her. There was a lot of time and words spent on the history of the lodge and the old owners, and I wish that there would have been less of that and more of getting to know the current characters. When the mystery between both the murder and the history of the lodge were solved, they were unexpectedly, but honestly I just wasn't that invested. Overall, I really can't decide why I wasn't into this book- the only thing I can put it down to is just too much bland detail and not enough action, even though all the pieces were there. I don't know that I will read another book from this author. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Twenty-five years ago a weekend turned deadly and ripped Sarah McCaskill Carter and her closest friends worlds apart, including her sister's. At that time, Sarah had a dream that could have changed the weekend’s outcome and this still haunts her. When Sarah's husband dies of cancer, she returns to Bitterroot Lake as her mother who lost her husband a few years ago, now wants to sell the family's childhood home, a large lakeside estate. Bitterroot Lake was suspenseful and dark and the characters we Twenty-five years ago a weekend turned deadly and ripped Sarah McCaskill Carter and her closest friends worlds apart, including her sister's. At that time, Sarah had a dream that could have changed the weekend’s outcome and this still haunts her. When Sarah's husband dies of cancer, she returns to Bitterroot Lake as her mother who lost her husband a few years ago, now wants to sell the family's childhood home, a large lakeside estate. Bitterroot Lake was suspenseful and dark and the characters well-drawn, particularly Sarah, whom I found relatable. There was a fantastic flow to Alicia Beckman’s writing which was extremely appealing. The steady pacing allowed me to fully appreciate the story with no dips in concentration. It drew me in as the author painted a picture of a glorious setting in Montana though tainted with secrets. The mystery itself was interesting with its multiple strands, highlighting some issues including overcoming loss and dealing with pain and tragedy. A compulsively readable thriller and I await the next by Alicia Beckman. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike Musings Book Reviews

    After the death of her husband, Sarah McCaskill returns to Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake. It’s been over twenty years since her previous visit, due to an incident that separated her from her sister and friends. The recent murder of the person responsible leads to a convergence of that fallout and the history of the lodge. Sarah has dreams or are they visions, further complicating things? An interesting scenario is established but unfortunately, the story and characters are som After the death of her husband, Sarah McCaskill returns to Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake. It’s been over twenty years since her previous visit, due to an incident that separated her from her sister and friends. The recent murder of the person responsible leads to a convergence of that fallout and the history of the lodge. Sarah has dreams or are they visions, further complicating things? An interesting scenario is established but unfortunately, the story and characters are somewhat bland. Overall a disappointing saga that is only a two-star rating. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are freely given and totally my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    bookcaked

    Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the copy of Bitterroot Lake. This is a voluntary review. Bitterroot Lake is tale of grief, mystery, murder, and reconciliation. Twenty-five years ago four women went separate ways after a tragedy that left someone dead. Now, a death is bringing them back together near Bitterroot Lake, in a lush, cabin-filled forest. Sarah, the MC, finds herself juggling grief from the young death of her husband, and a haunting return to her childhood home where she Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the copy of Bitterroot Lake. This is a voluntary review. Bitterroot Lake is tale of grief, mystery, murder, and reconciliation. Twenty-five years ago four women went separate ways after a tragedy that left someone dead. Now, a death is bringing them back together near Bitterroot Lake, in a lush, cabin-filled forest. Sarah, the MC, finds herself juggling grief from the young death of her husband, and a haunting return to her childhood home where she connects with old friends and confronts distant family. Coming out the gate we learn the intimate details of the tragedy that happened in the past, but the story slows down from there. The initial blitz of info serves as a stage for the murder that occurs in the present time. Suspicion is everywhere, leaving Sarah trying to connect with people she doesn't know if she can fully trust. Much of the story is dialogue and memories as Sarah works through her grief. The characters are built up well from this, but I did find it a little boring in the middle as the first few chapters had so much happening. Dreaming is also a huge chunk of this book, connecting the first and current tragedy through Sarah's premonition-like dreams. It was supernatural towards the end. I didn't love this tie-in since I really enjoyed the realistic atmosphere and conversations the author created. Bitterroot Lake left me wanting a bit more mystery by the end, but it was very well-written, and I loved the setting and small-town feeling throughout. I will definitely be checking out the author's future works, and it made for an interesting, enjoyable debut.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pennie Morgan

    Okay, first I will tell you it has been a few weeks since I listened to this one and several books in between but I will tell you I loved this one and the mystery of it. It was something like one of those movies where "I know what you did" but really do you? Sarah is recently widowed and comes back to the lodge to clean it out and either get it ready to sell or open, that is the big question, and find her friend, squatting in one of the cabins. This is after a lawyer in murdered in town and she Okay, first I will tell you it has been a few weeks since I listened to this one and several books in between but I will tell you I loved this one and the mystery of it. It was something like one of those movies where "I know what you did" but really do you? Sarah is recently widowed and comes back to the lodge to clean it out and either get it ready to sell or open, that is the big question, and find her friend, squatting in one of the cabins. This is after a lawyer in murdered in town and she is suddenly a suspect. There are lots of twists and turns and secrets and dreams and flashbacks and more secrets and oh, I really recommend this one! This is the first foray with this author but if this is what she writes it will not be the last! **Received this ARC for review in audio form from the publisher via NetGalley**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Read book. Repeat)

    You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.com I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and the author via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Seventeen days. It's been seventeen days since Sarah's husband passed away. Seventeen days since her life changed in a way that she still can't understand, yet. Her mother suggested she return to the family homestead at Bitterroot Lake. That cataloguing and cleaning the lodge You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.com I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and the author via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Seventeen days. It's been seventeen days since Sarah's husband passed away. Seventeen days since her life changed in a way that she still can't understand, yet. Her mother suggested she return to the family homestead at Bitterroot Lake. That cataloguing and cleaning the lodge will give her purpose, help keep her busy, keep her moving. What Sarah doesn't expect when she arrives at the lodge, is her friend Janine whom she hasn't seen in a long while. Another thing that comes as a shock is the murder. Twenty five years ago, Sarah had a dream that she brushed off as nothing, until a young man died and Sarah felt responsible for not speaking up. Now, back at the lodge, the dreams have returned, though a man was already dead before they started. What could the dreams possibly be trying to warn her about now? I was expecting a psychological thriller when I requested this, and that's not what I got, but I'm not even mad at it because it was an entertaining read that had a lot going on. Sarah's husband has recently passed away and she heads back to Whitetail lodge on Bitterroot lake to get away for a bit and try and work through her grief, what she finds when she gets there is anything but a quiet space to do anything though. Her friend Janine, whom she hasn't kept in contact with and their friendship has drifted a bit, is in one of the cabins and is freaking out because she thinks she's going to be the one pinned for a murder, but she claims it wasn't her. Enter Sarah's sister, Holly and their other friend Nic, and the old gang is back together. This brings up old grievances and makes the story not just a mystery with paranormal connotations, but a story about love, friendship, and grief and how you have to work at all of them. It's a real well rounded book and covers a lot of stuff. I loved that there was the touch of possible paranormal/supernatural stuff like the dreams Sarah was having as well as the pennies she keeps finding. Though these are never really cleared up as such, they're left open to the readers interpretation which I feel work great for this story. I found this to be a slow burn and I'll admit, it did take me a while to read, but I don't think that was due to pacing issues, I feel like it may have just been because I feel like I haven't really had a moment to myself lately. What I will say though, even though I did enjoy the story enough, it didn't really grip me and keep me needing to know what was going to happen. Yeah the mystery itself kept me going because I wanted to know who the murderer was, but nothing else really grabbed me, which is a shame, because there were some fantastic ideas here and I honestly do think they were done well, I just feel like this book may have not been for me. I feel like I may have ruined it for myself by expecting it to be more towards the psychological thriller side of things than just a straight mystery. I did feel like the murder itself kind of took a backseat to everything else, once the mystery of the girl in Sarah's dreams started, and then the friends started uncovering more about the history of their family lodge, the mystery of that side of the story became a front runner. So in the end, the conclusion of everything felt a teeny bit rushed and the murder really did feel like it had taken a backseat to everything else, it almost felt like an afterthought for me. And I was super curious about the cat....what was with the cat! I loved the addition of said cat, but I'm left with questions about her, was there a hidden meaning connected to her?? I NEED TO KNOWWWW! I don't want to say too much about the story because the blurb doesn't really give much away, so I don't want to either. All I'll say is it was a mystery, not just of the whodunnit kind, but incorporated a mystery connected to the history of the place itself. It was also a story that really touched on the importance of friendships and how miscommunications can happen so easily, and how not saying something can scream so much louder than any words you could have voiced. It's about a family trying to deal with their grief over a recently lost loved one, as well as grieving so many other things as well. I almost feel like this could go into women's fiction, if I'm honest. The characters were likeable enough, and I don't really have much to say about them other than they were well written, and their relationships were clear and expansive. I feel like there was so much more that could have been looked into in the writing of this book, but then it may have been too long. The story is definitely plot driven rather than character driven, at least for me it was. Nothing really stands out about any of the characters as a whole. So final thoughts: This was an alright book. I did enjoy the story, but probably wouldn't pick it up again. I'd definitely check out more from the author as I found her narrative to be lyrical with a steady flow which really helped put you in the story. If you like a mystery with character development and growth between the relationships, give it a shot.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    Twenty-five years ago four friends and roommates (Sarah, her sister Holly, Nicole and Janine) vacation at Whitetail Lodge. One of the girls was assaulted by one of the young men in their group. The other guys come to her defense and chased the guilty guy by jumping in a car and then there is a terrible accident that left one dead. Now: Sarah McCaskill Carter is 47 and a young widow, he husband Jeremy recently died of cancer. Although Sarah is still grieving she returns to her family’s summer hom Twenty-five years ago four friends and roommates (Sarah, her sister Holly, Nicole and Janine) vacation at Whitetail Lodge. One of the girls was assaulted by one of the young men in their group. The other guys come to her defense and chased the guilty guy by jumping in a car and then there is a terrible accident that left one dead. Now: Sarah McCaskill Carter is 47 and a young widow, he husband Jeremy recently died of cancer. Although Sarah is still grieving she returns to her family’s summer home Whitetail Lodge in Montana near Bitterroot Lake to help prepare for the summer guests. She finds Janine in one of the cabins and she is terrified as she received a letter undated and unsigned. “Only you know the truth of what happened twenty-five years ago. Only you can decide what to do.” Lucas who was driving the car twenty-five years, and is found shot! Janine is assumed to be guilt. She was the one who was assaulted years ago and blamed for the death as most feel she was a tease. Hmm so she was asking for it????? Story is told mainly from Sarah POV; it deals with secrets and is slow burn suspense. I did love the description of this small Montana village so it kept me reading. Always like twists and turns. Love the Author’s note and Acknowledgements. Mrs. Beckman tells us that beautiful Bitterroot Lake, Deer Park, and Whitetail Lodge are from her imagination. However, in her research she was drawn to the historic lodges Want to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this early release granted to me in exchange for an honest professional review. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Publishing Release Date scheduled April 13, 2021

  14. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah lost her husband to cancer and her mother encourages her to come home to the lodge to help her make some decisions. The lodge holds a lot of heartbreaking history. Twenty-five years ago a weekend turned deadly and ripped Sarah and her closest friends including her sister apart. The fact that Sarah had a dream that could have changed the weekend’s outcome still haunts her today. Sarah does return to the lodge and the dreams along with her friends are back too. Another pers Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah lost her husband to cancer and her mother encourages her to come home to the lodge to help her make some decisions. The lodge holds a lot of heartbreaking history. Twenty-five years ago a weekend turned deadly and ripped Sarah and her closest friends including her sister apart. The fact that Sarah had a dream that could have changed the weekend’s outcome still haunts her today. Sarah does return to the lodge and the dreams along with her friends are back too. Another person connected to that weekend is killed and one of the friends becomes a prime suspect. While trying to prove her innocence the group of women delve into the history of the lodge and the family that owns it. What they uncover changes everything. Danger lurks nearby as they try to make sense of everything they learn. What a fabulous cover, it drew me to the book before I ever read the synopsis of the story. Learning that the author was one of my cozy mystery faves made my desire to read it even stronger. This is a very complex mystery with a lot of threads that entwine in and out with each other. I enjoyed the bit of paranormal included within the pages as it really enhanced the story and gave it some new depth. I liked the lodge setting and all the treasures found within. Sarah is dealing with so much and this reunion truly tests her but she needs answers. She is grieving, counting the days since her husband’s death but her visions need to be explained along with learning what she may have missed all those years ago. I was drawn to Sarah, she was very relatable and felt genuine to me. All the characters she interacted with developed nicely over the course of the story too. They all have their flaws which make them believable. This is a story you can not just plow through to find the killer, in fact, that turns out to be a minor part of the story. There is a lot of nuance in these pages. There are situations that could be called chilling and there are situations that really drive the story forward. I found the way the author blended history with modern-day incredible and the part secrets play through both periods very intriguing. From an attempted rape to the loss of a loved one and broken friendships this book will hit readers on many levels. There were a couple of areas where I thought the text needed to be tightened up because the flow seemed a little off but these instances were few and far between. Bitterroot Lake lets the author explore a darker mystery than she can in the cozy realm and she excelled at it. As this is a stand-alone title we will not meet these characters again but I am very interested in where Ms. Beckman takes us in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman is an intriguing mystery with slight supernatural elements. Within a few weeks of her beloved husband’s death, Sarah McCaskill Carter returns to Montana for a family visit. Her mom has requested her assistance in opening up the family’s historic summer lodge. Upon arrival, Sarah discovers her old friend Janine Neilson staying in one of the cabins on the lodge's property. When Janine finally admits why she is in hiding, Sarah insists on calling her cousin, Sheriff Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman is an intriguing mystery with slight supernatural elements. Within a few weeks of her beloved husband’s death, Sarah McCaskill Carter returns to Montana for a family visit. Her mom has requested her assistance in opening up the family’s historic summer lodge. Upon arrival, Sarah discovers her old friend Janine Neilson staying in one of the cabins on the lodge's property. When Janine finally admits why she is in hiding, Sarah insists on calling her cousin, Sheriff Leo McCaskill to report the murder of lawyer Lucas Erickson. Janine calls their lawyer friend Nic for advice and she arrives with Sarah's sister Holly. In between trying to figure out who killed Lucas, the women attempt to repair their fractured relationships. Sarah’s family has a long history in her small hometown and they still own a thriving logging company.  Years earlier, she and her husband relocated to Seattle where they raised their two children who are now in college. Unsure what the future will hold for her, Sarah and the others delve into the history of the lodge. She also tries to understand the meaning of the nightmare she keeps having. Sarah also tries to uncover why she has the sensation someone is watching her. Sarah, Holly, Janine and Nic remain at the lodge and their time together is fraught. Janine remains resentful of Sarah’s advice from twenty-five years ago. Holly is also at odds with her sister as hidden resentments begin spilling over. Nic is dealing with an issue at home but she is committed to protecting Janine’s best interests. Sarah is also wondering what is going on with her and Holly’s mom, whose behavior is a little troubling. Bitterroot Lake is a slow-moving mystery with an interesting premise. Sarah is the story’s narrator and she is defensive with a bit of a hair trigger temper.  The isolated setting provides a spooky backdrop for the women to try to mend the rifts in their relationships. The busy storyline is occasionally a bit confusing and Lucas’s murder gets lost among the other dramas playing out. With the pacing picking up, Alicia Beckman brings the mystery to a satisfying conclusion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Frosta Wings It

    3.41 stars I listened to Bitterroot Lake, and I think Linda Jones did an amazing job bringing the story to life. However, because there are so many characters, I was confused at times and feel this book would have benefited from an ensemble cast. The pacing was as good as it could be, considering the narrative of the book itself is quite slow. I tried listening to it at 2x speed, but somehow that didn’t work for me. Bitterroot lake is a very slow-paced book and I feel there were too many characte 3.41 stars I listened to Bitterroot Lake, and I think Linda Jones did an amazing job bringing the story to life. However, because there are so many characters, I was confused at times and feel this book would have benefited from an ensemble cast. The pacing was as good as it could be, considering the narrative of the book itself is quite slow. I tried listening to it at 2x speed, but somehow that didn’t work for me. Bitterroot lake is a very slow-paced book and I feel there were too many characters. I had a hard time keeping track of them all, but I will have to say that the main character was really well developed and Beckman did a wonderful job bringing Lucas to life. He is a highly unlikable character and we got the full force of his “doucheness”, even though he is dead in the present. I feel that the plot was original and so promising, but the execution suffered a bit. The synopsis led me to believe I was going to read a psychological thriller with a heavy dose of paranormal. I didn’t find that on the pages, there were some paranormal allusions, but they left me wanting more. When reading a whodunit, I always look for fairness above all, and unfortunately, I feel that Beckman could have played fairer with the solution for the murder. What Beckman excelled at was ambiance. I really felt the dread of the situation in which Sarah felt herself and her paranoia. The description of mountainous Montana and the lodge was also outstanding and made me feel like I was there (and wish I could visit the Rocky Mountains soon). Overall, I still recommend this book to fans of slow burners and people who reads books for the ride, rather than for the puzzle. It wasn’t bad, it was just not for me. I first read it as an ARC. In exchange for an honest review, I am thankful to Dreamscape Media, NetGalley and Alicia Beckman for providing me with a copy of Bitterroot Lake. #BitterrootLake #NetGalley Full review: https://frostawingsit.ca/2021/04/19/b...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Bitterroot lake is a murder mystery set in rural Montana. Sarah returns to the lodge where she grew up after the death of her husband only to find a dead body and mysterious ghost. As she investigates, she reunites with her mother, sister, and high school friends. I really liked the slow pace and atmosphere of the book including the descriptions of small town life and reunions with characters from the town. The cozy small town scenes were contrasted with the falling-down lodge which brought up m Bitterroot lake is a murder mystery set in rural Montana. Sarah returns to the lodge where she grew up after the death of her husband only to find a dead body and mysterious ghost. As she investigates, she reunites with her mother, sister, and high school friends. I really liked the slow pace and atmosphere of the book including the descriptions of small town life and reunions with characters from the town. The cozy small town scenes were contrasted with the falling-down lodge which brought up memories from the past and may have a supernatural resident. While I really enjoyed the neighbors in this book, I was less interested in the main four women who came together to solve the mystery. Since they had lost touch after high school, they had little connection to each other. Sarah was isolated among so-called friends, and even her mother left the room every time she entered. This isolation made me less interested in finding out what happened in the story. The mystery should be bringing these people together in a common cause, but in fact, they seemed to separate more as the story went on. I was expecting the book's theme of community engagement and social assistance brought up in the backstory to be carried through to the modern-day events, and there were several areas where the women could have improved themselves by helping each other and the people in the town. Two unpalatable aspects in this book are its treatment of sexual assault and police interactions with black citizens. An attempted assault was brought up repeatedly in the book, but in my opinion not treated with the gravity it deserves. Also, a white woman calls the police on a black character in a way to maximize police confrontation. I listened to the audiobook which was read by the excellent Linda Jones. Content warnings: murder, use of guns, blood, discussion of sexual assault, discussion of suicide, calling police on black people

  18. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    REVIEW: BITTERROOT LAKE (audiobook) by Alicia Beckman; narrated by Linda Jones 6 May 2021 I wanted to love Bitterroot Lake, as I love lakes and old lodges as a setting. Alicia Beckman knows and loves Montana and that shows. Her beautiful writing kept me listening along with Linda Jones’ excellent narration. I will read Beckman’s next book as I think this one was wrongly placed by genre, and I was interested in a thriller. The story was sold as a thriller, but I never felt excited or anxious about w REVIEW: BITTERROOT LAKE (audiobook) by Alicia Beckman; narrated by Linda Jones 6 May 2021 I wanted to love Bitterroot Lake, as I love lakes and old lodges as a setting. Alicia Beckman knows and loves Montana and that shows. Her beautiful writing kept me listening along with Linda Jones’ excellent narration. I will read Beckman’s next book as I think this one was wrongly placed by genre, and I was interested in a thriller. The story was sold as a thriller, but I never felt excited or anxious about what may happen. Maybe this audiobook should have been classified as women’s fiction or a mystery, then I would have known what to expect. Since I read this as a thriller, I will review it as a thriller. My two main problems had to do with the old lodge and the main character. The strength of a thriller derives from a setting being used to reflect the character's turmoil. At the beginning, the description of White Tail Lodge went on too long and wasn’t intricately woven into the story so that the lodge itself becomes a character. I kept hearing the author’s love of this place instead of me feeling the lodge create a sense of unease, mystery, or creepiness. That’s due to the place not reflecting Sarah’s inner turmoil. I couldn’t feel Sarah’s pain or grief. It was like I was told how to feel instead of being in her shoes. I'm not sure why, but the story felt disjointed. This novel had all the elements I love and I think it could have been five stars with some paring down, better pacing, and more tightly woven story elements. However, if you love mystery or women’s fiction, you might love this audiobook. If you’re looking for a thriller or even suspense, it’s not here. #BitterrootLake #NetGalley Thanks to NetGalley for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    A story of mystery, murder, and mourning. After losing her husband, Sarah McCaskill returns back to the family's Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake. Her mother wants her to experience healing, but instead, Sarah is confronted with bad memories of the past. 25 years prior, during a weekend of fun on the lake, Sarah and her friends lost one of their own in a tragic car accident. Now, the person responsible for the death is dead himself, and no one knows who did it. Ultimately, this bo A story of mystery, murder, and mourning. After losing her husband, Sarah McCaskill returns back to the family's Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake. Her mother wants her to experience healing, but instead, Sarah is confronted with bad memories of the past. 25 years prior, during a weekend of fun on the lake, Sarah and her friends lost one of their own in a tragic car accident. Now, the person responsible for the death is dead himself, and no one knows who did it. Ultimately, this book is chock full of secrets unknown to the other characters and you, the reader. I loved the atmosphere of Whitetail Lodge and the town of Deer Park, along with the many members of the town. This novel kept my attention, mainly because I had absolutely no idea where the book was going and what all of the hints at secrets meant. The murder is kept on the back burner, not something I was really expecting, but not something I completely disliked either. It added to the intrigue for me because I was left wondering. Overall, this is a novel of love, loss, and tragedy, and how to cope with all of these things. Sarah has so much pain from losing her husband, and I think this is something so many could relate to. Additionally, we experience what it does to others when we keep secrets from our friends and family. The ending was abrupt and not my favorite, but this novel kept my attention through and through, even if it was because I was confused and wondering how it was going to tie together. Trigger Warnings: Rape, death of loved ones, potential suicide reference Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    KKEC Reads

    Published: April 13, 2021 Crooked Lane Books I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Alicia Beckman delighted in living in Seattle as a college student, and young lawyer but is happiest back home in her native Montana, where she lives with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their full-figured gray tuxedo cat. “Besides, the cops don’t believe women like me.” Sarah is trying to figure out how her life will continue after the death of her husband. When her mothe Published: April 13, 2021 Crooked Lane Books I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Alicia Beckman delighted in living in Seattle as a college student, and young lawyer but is happiest back home in her native Montana, where she lives with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their full-figured gray tuxedo cat. “Besides, the cops don’t believe women like me.” Sarah is trying to figure out how her life will continue after the death of her husband. When her mother invites her home to help get the family lodge ready for tourist season, the last thing Sarah ever expected was a reunion. Or a murder. Between trying to figure out her grief, and what happens next, Sarah is faced with more questions than answers. And she might not survive to figure out anything. I love that this novel took place in Montana. The Midwest is gorgeous, and Montana is such a lovely place. There is a lot of history, natural beauty, secrets, and family in this book. The story is brutally raw but openly vulnerable. I loved how the stages of grief were so eloquently intertwined throughout the story. The process of healing after a loss is such a quizzical part of life. And Alicia Beckman truly represented every aspect of the process, with the different characters. The plot moved along at a fast pace, and the character development was divine. I enjoyed getting to know these characters. I also wanted how the past was interwoven with the present and how both had such a bearing on the future. The twist in this book came at such a perfect place and was unexpected. I found myself connecting with each of the main characters for various reasons, and I love how everything came together in the end. This is my first Alicia Beckman novel, but not my last.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    There’s more than a touch of the Gothic about this mystery thriller, as Sarah McCaskill Carter returns home to the small lakeside community in Montana where she grew up after her husband’s tragic passing, only to arrive on the heels of a murder. The murder of a man she despised for his actions 25 years earlier - and the friend he wronged back then found the body and might be the prime suspect. Sarah finds herself investigating more than one mystery, as she sets to clearing a hundred years of fami There’s more than a touch of the Gothic about this mystery thriller, as Sarah McCaskill Carter returns home to the small lakeside community in Montana where she grew up after her husband’s tragic passing, only to arrive on the heels of a murder. The murder of a man she despised for his actions 25 years earlier - and the friend he wronged back then found the body and might be the prime suspect. Sarah finds herself investigating more than one mystery, as she sets to clearing a hundred years of family history from the old lodge beside Bitterroot Lake. Mysterious dreams are haunting her, similar to the ones 25 years ago which warned of coming troubles. At a crossroads in life, Sarah has to figure out a way forward for not only herself, but her troubled sister Holly and her friend Janine too. This is fairly slow-paced, and despite the murder which kicks off the action, pretty low-stakes too, but the writing is beautifully descriptive, and I found the delving into the history of the McCaskill family and the cabin on the lake absolutely fascinating. As a mystery/thriller it might frustrate some readers because there are things which absolutely do not get explained - the mysterious pennies which appear for Sarah, and the strange dreams of the murdered servant girl which portend trouble coming - but for me that just added to the Gothic spookiness of the story. It wasn’t what I expected when I picked up the book - the blurb made me think it was something of a locked-room thriller - but I really enjoyed it anyway. Five stars for an atmospheric, clever story. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Gillan

    3.5 Stars Twenty-five years after a horrific car crash killed a friend and changed their lives forever, four friends find themselves reunited at the newly-widowed Sarah’s family’s lakeside lodge. One of the key players from all those years ago has been murdered and one of the women is under suspicion. They have to try to work out what’s going on before they all end up victims. This book is hard to categorize; it has s central mystery with the murder and the events surrounding it, but it’s also a p 3.5 Stars Twenty-five years after a horrific car crash killed a friend and changed their lives forever, four friends find themselves reunited at the newly-widowed Sarah’s family’s lakeside lodge. One of the key players from all those years ago has been murdered and one of the women is under suspicion. They have to try to work out what’s going on before they all end up victims. This book is hard to categorize; it has s central mystery with the murder and the events surrounding it, but it’s also a personal drama, with Sarah working through becoming a new widow and the women all navigating their relationships which have changed dramatically in the 25 years since they were last together. Some remained close, others drifted apart for different reasons and some of those reasons still sting all these years later. So it’s not as fast-paced as a normal thriller, it has a lot of places where the focus is on the relationships and the personal aspect. But the mystery is pretty interesting, and there were some red herrings. I didn’t really figure it out. There’s also a little supernatural element in there, which I wished was explored a little more. But overall it was good. This was a good book if you like light thrillers that also have. A human element. If you’re looking for a. Hardcore suspense thriller, this isn’t the one for you. But if you’re looking for a book that explores friendships and has a mystery involved, check this one out!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bourque (ButterflyReader77)

    3 Stars I want to say thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my complimentary copy of "Bitterroot Lake". If I am being honest, I did not particularly enjoy this book; but with this being said, it was definitely not the worst book I've read. I rated this book at 3 stars as it was well written and it had an interesting plotline. It was just not the book for me. I do not believe that it deserves a lower rating simply because I wasn't engaged. I am sure there are many other readers out the 3 Stars I want to say thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my complimentary copy of "Bitterroot Lake". If I am being honest, I did not particularly enjoy this book; but with this being said, it was definitely not the worst book I've read. I rated this book at 3 stars as it was well written and it had an interesting plotline. It was just not the book for me. I do not believe that it deserves a lower rating simply because I wasn't engaged. I am sure there are many other readers out there who will enjoy it's slow pace. I found the story very slow and I had a hard time with engaging with the story. I also had a hard time becoming invested in the characters. I tried to enjoy the book, but I just couldn't. The story focuses on Sarah. She is recently widowed and she travels back home to help clean and organize the family lodge at Bitterroot Lake in an attempt to assist her with moving forward after the death of her husband. Upon arrival she encounters an old friend and she discovers that someone from her past has been murdered. The murder is linked to a tragic incident from years ago and they now must piece together why the murder has occurred. The story takes readers back through the history of the family lodge as well as that tragic night. Secrets will be revealed and the past will come to light.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Pinnell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OMG! This book is so good! I couldn't hardly make myself put it down. Hunger and heavy eyelids would finally win out! Seriously though, there is so much suspense and intrigue as you twist and turn finding more suspects everywhere you turn. The victim was a victimizer so no surprise there are plenty of people who aren't sorry he's gone but who would go so far as to kill him? The author cleverly and masterfully adds a hint of otherworldly presence throughout the story in a way that makes you believe OMG! This book is so good! I couldn't hardly make myself put it down. Hunger and heavy eyelids would finally win out! Seriously though, there is so much suspense and intrigue as you twist and turn finding more suspects everywhere you turn. The victim was a victimizer so no surprise there are plenty of people who aren't sorry he's gone but who would go so far as to kill him? The author cleverly and masterfully adds a hint of otherworldly presence throughout the story in a way that makes you believe in the possibility it is playing a very important role in solving more than one mystery. It sometimes seems to Sarah that for every answer she thinks she finds the more questions she has. What role does the history of her family and Whitetail Lodge play? What are the secrets she and her sister and their two friends are keeping from each other from that one fateful day twenty-five years ago? Can these already fractured friendships survive yet another tragedy in their lives? Who is this woman in her dreams and what is she trying to tell her? These and many other questions will finally be answered but I guarantee you that some of those answers will surprise you. You. Have. Got. To. Read. This. Book. If you like mystery (murder mystery to be more exact), suspense, anything even close to this genre then you will absolutely love this book. It is a treasure.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Addie BookCrazyBlogger

    Sarah McCaskill Carter is back in her small home town in Montana, seventeen days after the tragic death of her husband Jeremy. The two met twenty-five years previously, when Jeremy joined two other boys, Lucas and Michael, at Sarah’s parents lodge, only to be interrupted by a tragic accident. Sarah’s two good friends, Nicole and Janine, along with her sister Holly, had joined her for the girls trip but when Lucas attempted to rape Janine, he stormed off, causing a car accident and the death of M Sarah McCaskill Carter is back in her small home town in Montana, seventeen days after the tragic death of her husband Jeremy. The two met twenty-five years previously, when Jeremy joined two other boys, Lucas and Michael, at Sarah’s parents lodge, only to be interrupted by a tragic accident. Sarah’s two good friends, Nicole and Janine, along with her sister Holly, had joined her for the girls trip but when Lucas attempted to rape Janine, he stormed off, causing a car accident and the death of Michael. Grief-stricken by her husband’s premature death, Sarah is shocked to find Janine covered in blood, claiming she interrupted Lucas being murdered by unknown assailant. This one is an interesting one to review, because to be honest, not a lot happens in it. I thought I was going to get a murder mystery but instead, I got more of a dealing with grief, sprinkle in a little supernatural book. Not a lot is explained about the supernatural aspect, which is disappointing because it could have been really great. The ending of the book, while not a total disappointment, still felt like a dud. That being said, I did enjoy the underlying message of the novel focusing on women sticking together and dealing with grief.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Shaw

    Reading Between the Wines book review #43/115 for 2021: Rating: 2 🍷 🍷 Book 🎧: Bitterroot Lake Author: Alicia Beckman Genre: General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers RELEASED on April 13, 2021!!! Recommended to readers who like a mystery involving a lot of characters. Sipping thoughts: I was excited to jump into this mystery and it started of so promising. I think it’s a decent read with a little mystery, but it did not draw me in, and I was not that invested. There were a lot of characters and Reading Between the Wines book review #43/115 for 2021: Rating: 2 🍷 🍷 Book 🎧: Bitterroot Lake Author: Alicia Beckman Genre: General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers RELEASED on April 13, 2021!!! Recommended to readers who like a mystery involving a lot of characters. Sipping thoughts: I was excited to jump into this mystery and it started of so promising. I think it’s a decent read with a little mystery, but it did not draw me in, and I was not that invested. There were a lot of characters and to be honest when the killer was revealed, I could not remember who they were. After reading other reviews, I see others agreed. But, like always, check it out for yourself because it is definitely written for someone who would like it. Cheers and thank you to @NetGalley and @DreamscapeMedia for an advanced copy of @BitterrootLake #BitterrootLake #DreamscapeMedia #NetGalley #advancedreadercopy #ARC #Kindle #Booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookstagram #nicoles_bookcellar #bookworm #bookdragon #booknerd #booklover #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #bookreview #bookreviewer #IHaveNoShelfControl #ReadingBetweenTheWines #fiction #thriller #suspense #mystery #MysteryAndThriller #GeneralFictionAdult

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    After Sarah's husband dies, her mother asks her to come back to the family's lodge at Bitterroot Lake. Sarah has made only quick visits to the lodge since a friend died 25 years ago in a tragic accident she feels partially responsible for, and she lost touch with her other close friends from that time. Upon Sarah's return, she is greeted by her old friend Jeanine and the news of a murder related to that accident from 25 years ago. Sarah's dreams are giving her warnings of more danger ahead. As S After Sarah's husband dies, her mother asks her to come back to the family's lodge at Bitterroot Lake. Sarah has made only quick visits to the lodge since a friend died 25 years ago in a tragic accident she feels partially responsible for, and she lost touch with her other close friends from that time. Upon Sarah's return, she is greeted by her old friend Jeanine and the news of a murder related to that accident from 25 years ago. Sarah's dreams are giving her warnings of more danger ahead. As Sarah, her family, and friends clean out the lodge, they discover an old family heritage related to the dreams. Can Sarah figure out what the dreams are telling her to avoid more tragedy? I loved hearing about the family's/lodge's history and would have been happy to have an entire book just related to that. I also liked Sarah and her friends reuniting and coming to terms with what happened 25 years ago. The murder seemed fairly obvious to me who was responsible from almost the beginning, so the suspense wasn't really there for me, just waiting for the characters to catch up with what I knew. It took a while to get attached to the characters, and the second half was more intriguing than the first. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me an audio ARC of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Sand

    Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman This is a new author to me! Sarah loses her husband Jeremey to cancer. Her mom encourages her to come to Whitetail Lodge on Bitterroot Lake, their family lodge. So much history and memories at the lodge, along with tragedy. After an assault 25years ago a tragic accident leaves one friend dead. The friends are torn apart from the tragic accident. After returning to the lodge after all this time Sarah runs into one of her friends Janine hiding out. Janine just foun Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman This is a new author to me! Sarah loses her husband Jeremey to cancer. Her mom encourages her to come to Whitetail Lodge on Bitterroot Lake, their family lodge. So much history and memories at the lodge, along with tragedy. After an assault 25years ago a tragic accident leaves one friend dead. The friends are torn apart from the tragic accident. After returning to the lodge after all this time Sarah runs into one of her friends Janine hiding out. Janine just found their friend Lucas murdered. The person who caused so much pain to her and the rest so many years earlier. Sarah’s sister Holly joins, along with their friend Nic. Will they uncover who killed Lucas? All eyes are on Janine. The friends begin to uncover the lodges history and info of the owners. What will it reveal? Sarah has dreams that are so real, what do they mean? A pretty good read! I stayed interested for the most part. It has an element of supernatural in it that I honestly am usually turned off by in a book. But the author did a good job, I didn’t mind it! Thank you Alicia Beckman, Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for the audio to listen to this book in return for my honest review!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This should have been a slam dunk for me but somehow it just wasn't. Typically I love books with ghosts, a murder and a lake house but this book just fell a little short for me. When her husband dies, Sarah returns to her childhood lake house. Coming to her home town brings up memories of a tragic car accident that happened 25 years ago when Sarah, her sister and friends were having a celebratory weekend at the lake house. There were parts of the story that I felt should have been elaborated on This should have been a slam dunk for me but somehow it just wasn't. Typically I love books with ghosts, a murder and a lake house but this book just fell a little short for me. When her husband dies, Sarah returns to her childhood lake house. Coming to her home town brings up memories of a tragic car accident that happened 25 years ago when Sarah, her sister and friends were having a celebratory weekend at the lake house. There were parts of the story that I felt should have been elaborated on that would have made the story more interesting. More about the murder investigation and who didn't like Lucas or more about the letters or more about why the friends hadn't kept in touch. It just felt like the murder was a side note that I almost forgot about and the focus was on the family history and the history of the lodge. Sarah is walking around town finding out things from all sorts of people "oh, we didn't want to bother you." With how many of those instances there were, she should have been fuming! Also the "ghosts" and "dreams" or "visions" were underwhelming. This book had such potential but I just couldn't connect to the story for some reason. Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for the ARC audiobook!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    This was a book that has a repeated theme to past books in this same genre. A group of friends that venture out to a secluded area and find their pasts come back to haunt them. It's both a literal and figurative theme that starts extremely slow and was filled with plenty of fluff. I prefer books that have a central theme, a specific target, a plot that leads to someplace even if that location was expected. As a speed reader I like when novels flow and weave through the thought process without stay This was a book that has a repeated theme to past books in this same genre. A group of friends that venture out to a secluded area and find their pasts come back to haunt them. It's both a literal and figurative theme that starts extremely slow and was filled with plenty of fluff. I prefer books that have a central theme, a specific target, a plot that leads to someplace even if that location was expected. As a speed reader I like when novels flow and weave through the thought process without staying too long on one point or topic. One that shows a direct line to the final idea. In English class we were always taught to have the main idea, the body of the paragraph, and the closing that captures it all up and brings it all together. This for me had too much of meaningless commentary about the setting and things that weren't really relevant to the overall idea. So, sadly while I stuck it out I didn't enjoy it and I almost took a DNF to not waste anymore time. I hope this can be edited better and release much of the central area as this was way too long. Thank you for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

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