About the book:
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 facade 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?
I didn’t know what to think of this book when I first started reading it and I actually put it aside and had to start reading it from the beginning when I got back to it a few weeks later. I’m glad that I started reading it again from the beginning because the story of Alicen McCaffrey is one that I liked far more than I thought I would.
Alicen seemed to have it all, until her world is shaken by a tragic event that she is almost incapable of dealing with. This broke my heart and I couldn’t imagine living with that pain every day. As she deals with her loss, she’s helped by her childhood friend when they visit the place they spent their summers as kids.
What happens and what journey Alicen goes on when they reach Red Lodge is emotional and frightening. There were times when I thought the pace was too slow and that may be intentional due to the storyline. This is the first book that I’ve read by Ms. Dekker, so I’m unfamiliar with her writing style.
Overall, it’s a worthwhile read with a unique storyline to enjoy as summer winds down.
I received a copy from the publisher and was under no obligation to give a review. All opinions are my own.