Review – When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker

Book description

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?


After reading Rachelle’s past series I was intrigued by her new book, which definitely falls into a completely different category, one that has been masterfully done by her father and now with its own flavor by Rachelle.

Although it may seem confusing at first, the story starts developing better when Alicen moves from her home to Red Lodge, that’s when you need to pay more attention to every detail and when the real action comes.

I’ve read that some people was put down by the “spiritual” treatment of the story and the “ghosts” that are part of it, but if you can see the meaning behind their inclusion you’ll end up more impacted by the overall message of forgiveness.


If you want to read something fresh in the christian book world, When Through Deep Waters is a great choice. If you didn’t like The Choosing series, please give Rachelle’s book a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating 4/5

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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