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Monday, April 12, 2021

Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman, Leslie Budewitz


Bitterroot Lake

by Alicia Beckman, Leslie Budewitz

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books


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.


2 stars

This book is written by Alicia Beckman and Leslie Budewitz.

I am sorry to say that I never got into this book. I couldn’t find a comfortable rhythm and none of the characters seemed to resonate with me or grab my attention enough to keep the through-line through the book. It does jump around a lot which kind of brakes the reader’s concentration to focus on another character set and keep these sets separate from each other.

This is a long complex storyline that brings four women together and then a murder happens to further complicate things.

The cover drew me in. I definitely picked it up because of the cover but I just could not find my groove with it. The descriptions were too long and the jumping around from character set to character set had me frustrated. I wish the author would have focused on one group and told the story through them. Maybe if this was on tv it would make more sense.

Overall it was just an okay read for me.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.

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