Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman | Review

Bitterroot Lake | Alicia Beckman | Crooked Lane Books | Pub: April 13, 2021 | Pages: 336

I listened to Bitterroot Lake and I must confess, this wasn’t my favorite book. The story was too slow-moving for my liking, and I was questioning what the point of the story was until close to the end.

There were lots of characters in this book, but I managed to keep them straight, for once, in my head. My only issue is that there wasn’t lots of character development. We heard lots about Sarah’s story, but I felt it was just being repeated over and over throughout the story but not particularly evolving throughout.

There was a spooky aspect to the story as Sarah kept hearing and seeing different weird things at Whitetail Lodge but turns out it was just for effect and this novel isn’t a paranormal novel. Which is fine by me, I usually don’t tend to like those.

Having said that, I still enjoyed the story, and the ending. It’s just not my usual preference and  even though we didn’t get a lot of character development, I still like the characters and liked how the story unfolded.

If you like general fiction books and slow-moving books, you might like this one. It just didn’t hit the mark for me as an avid high-intensity mystery/thriller lover.

Thank you to Dreamscape Media for providing me with the audiobook ARC via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


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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