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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 k 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?


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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 k 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?

30 review for When Through Deep Waters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    When I started reading this book, I thought OK, another ghost book, but it's not that at all. Alicen was living the good life. She had everything she could ever want, then one day she lost her family and her mind. Grief will do that to you. One of her old childhood friends, Louise comes to get her to take her to a mountain lodge and for day treatment at a mental health facility. She starts hearing childrens voices and giggling. Then she sees something. Is it a ghost? No, it's so much more. If yo When I started reading this book, I thought OK, another ghost book, but it's not that at all. Alicen was living the good life. She had everything she could ever want, then one day she lost her family and her mind. Grief will do that to you. One of her old childhood friends, Louise comes to get her to take her to a mountain lodge and for day treatment at a mental health facility. She starts hearing childrens voices and giggling. Then she sees something. Is it a ghost? No, it's so much more. If you are a Christian or you believe that there is something bigger than us all, you will love this book. Even you you are not religious, you will love it. It is very well written, has a character, you will care about and a message for all. It has suspense, mystery and secrets. Somebody wants her dead, but who? This story made me cry but the story is deep and meaningful. received this book from Net Galley and Tyndale Publishing for an honest review but the opinions stated are all my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Black

    This book had a theme of mental health and spiritual warefare. The combination of the two throughout the book made for an interesting story.  It was unlike any book that I have ever read before.  Before I began reading this book, another blogger told me the following, "This book was definitely cerebral (so much going on in the heads of the characters)" and it is so true. It is hard to explain until you read it and then you understand.  This book definitely had my attention throughout the entirety.  This book had a theme of mental health and spiritual warefare. The combination of the two throughout the book made for an interesting story.  It was unlike any book that I have ever read before.  Before I began reading this book, another blogger told me the following, "This book was definitely cerebral (so much going on in the heads of the characters)" and it is so true. It is hard to explain until you read it and then you understand.  This book definitely had my attention throughout the entirety.  I loved the themes of forgiveness and hope that comes from the Lord.  Although this book is considered Christian Fiction, you don't really know the theme or motive behind it until you get to the end.  The book is well written with well-rounded characters who had problems and shadows.  I loved some of the double meanings in this book.  If you enjoy reading Christian Fiction with some mystery than this book is for you! Even if you don't enjoy reading Christian Fiction, I would still recommend this book for you because it will definitely take you on a journey! Thank you to Tyndale Publishers for sending me a copy of this book for review! Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review! I received this book in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: When Through Deep Waters Author: Rachelle Dekker Pages: 400 Year: 2018 Publisher: Tyndale My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Rachelle Dekker is the daughter of author Ted Dekker. Both write novels that aren’t the norm and usually the reader doesn’t know until later in the book that it is packed with deep spiritual truths. I am not sure what I was expecting when I opened the book, but during my travel in the tale the truth punched my right in heart. So as not to ruin anyone’s enjoyment or the story or Title: When Through Deep Waters Author: Rachelle Dekker Pages: 400 Year: 2018 Publisher: Tyndale My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Rachelle Dekker is the daughter of author Ted Dekker. Both write novels that aren’t the norm and usually the reader doesn’t know until later in the book that it is packed with deep spiritual truths. I am not sure what I was expecting when I opened the book, but during my travel in the tale the truth punched my right in heart. So as not to ruin anyone’s enjoyment or the story or where God may speak to you, I won’t elaborate further what or where in the book my heart was impacted. However, in true Dekker fashion, the story drew me in from the start. I could tell it would have the aspect of spiritual warfare in it, but there was more to come. The characters and their battles I would have to say are unusual but no less realistic. I am not sure that everyone can read this book. If they are dealing with any psychological or emotional battles, they will have to decide that for themselves. I will say that though it is an unusual story, setting, and the characters seem real or at least their private battles do as well as their interactions with others, I wouldn’t have missed reading the tale for anything. Why? For me, when God speaks, that makes it even more special to me. I will never look at or understand the same way again the Word of God as it is used in the book. It means something deeper and the hope that grew from that is exponentially out of the ballpark! The book reminded me of Ted Dekker’s Circle series, and I plan on rereading them as well. Be assured that this reviewer doesn’t elevate fiction above the Word of God. I just treasure the truths their fictional works reveal. I hope you read Rachelle’s latest book, and perhaps then venture into other works by both Rachelle and her father Ted! Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    A departure from Rachelle Dekker’s dystopian trilogy, When Through Deep Waters is just as engaging. Much of this book takes place in the minds of a couple characters. Dekker delves into the difficult topics of grief and mental illness. There is definitely a little suspense going on in the book but it isn’t the main fabric of this tale. Alicen is struggling after a tragedy shatters her ideal life. In order to cope, she travels with Louise (Lou), her childhood friend, to Red Lodge, Montana. The smal A departure from Rachelle Dekker’s dystopian trilogy, When Through Deep Waters is just as engaging. Much of this book takes place in the minds of a couple characters. Dekker delves into the difficult topics of grief and mental illness. There is definitely a little suspense going on in the book but it isn’t the main fabric of this tale. Alicen is struggling after a tragedy shatters her ideal life. In order to cope, she travels with Louise (Lou), her childhood friend, to Red Lodge, Montana. The small town holds memories for Alicen—both good and bad. A bit of a supernatural element makes an appearance, especially the light versus shadows angle. As Alicen copes with losing her sanity, which many believe her grandmother dealt with as well, she must grieve her loss. There is a danger in burying grief. One that hurts the griever and others around them. Victoria, a secondary character, provides a contrast to Alicen as readers spend time in both of their heads. I loved Lou (and Lou’s mom). Alicen's friend is an anchor. Alicen’s mother is a bit ulikeable (read: pushy) but perhaps it comes from a place of love and concern. Dekker does an excellent job of allowing readers to feel Alicen’s turmoil and pain while joining her in a fight to hold onto reality. Perhaps a bit of the suspense could have been build up a little more. The book is near its end before I felt a sense of danger. There were some hints of it but some threats to Alicen sooner would have taken me out of the cerebral element of this story for a bit. There’s a theme of grace running throughout, but more strong is the importance of forgiving oneself. Overall, a good read with hints of influence from Dekker’s father. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a difficult book to review because I have many mixed feelings about it. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading it, based on the synopsis and it was definitely different than anything I’ve read before. It almost felt like the author was adding elements of magical realism to the story and trying to fit them into the story of salvation but to me, it didn’t quite work. The theology behind some of the things said and seen in the story just didn’t make sense. I’m not a fan o This is a difficult book to review because I have many mixed feelings about it. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading it, based on the synopsis and it was definitely different than anything I’ve read before. It almost felt like the author was adding elements of magical realism to the story and trying to fit them into the story of salvation but to me, it didn’t quite work. The theology behind some of the things said and seen in the story just didn’t make sense. I’m not a fan of magical realism/paranormal aspects so this probably had a lot to do with my feelings towards the book. I liked the character of Alicen and felt that her grieving process seemed very realistic. I also found the descriptions of how depression felt as very accurate. I also loved the friendship she shared with Louise and the support she received from her. The story moved very fast and I found myself flying through the pages. Unfortunately, I just felt like some elements of the story were confusing and a bit strange. It wasn’t the book for me. My Rating: 2.5 stars I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Within the first chapter of this read Alicen has lost her daughter, husband and seemingly perfect life in Santa Monica. Her childhood friend, Lou, invites her to return to Red Lodge, Montana as Lou packs up her family’s past. It is here Alicen begins to hear voices and see things. Is she going crazy? Are her delusions real? Will she ever find peace after the death of her child? What unfolds within is a twisted, layered story of suspense, mental illness and grief. I was immediately drawn to When Within the first chapter of this read Alicen has lost her daughter, husband and seemingly perfect life in Santa Monica. Her childhood friend, Lou, invites her to return to Red Lodge, Montana as Lou packs up her family’s past. It is here Alicen begins to hear voices and see things. Is she going crazy? Are her delusions real? Will she ever find peace after the death of her child? What unfolds within is a twisted, layered story of suspense, mental illness and grief. I was immediately drawn to When Through Deep Waters as it seemed to put mental health at the center of its story, however I found it difficult to get into as I read. The pace is slow as the reader is led through Alicen’s relationships with her Grandma Joe, Mom and Lou. The past is infrequently dispersed throughout the present day as the author attempts to inject hereditary characteristics and Alicen’s upbringing. Lou’s mom even makes a VERY brief entrance to deliver a crucial piece of the storyline. But, despite this, the story failed to engage. Where Dekker fell short in pace she certainly made up for in creating an incredible fantasy land within Alicen’s mind. This book serves to ignite the mental health conversation and treatment methods as it did not stray from the uncomfortable. While it may not be the quickest read you pick up this summer it definitely touches on many important, and relevant, topics in any landscape. *Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For the full review visit: https://fortheloveofthepageblog.wordp...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    have read the Seer series by Rachelle Dekker, and I really enjoyed the first two books, but the third one kind of fell flat for me. So when I heard Dekker wrote a new book, When Through Waters Deep, I read the synopsis and was interested to read the book. The story is lumped in the Psychological Thriller genre. Dekker does a wonderful job at diving deep into the emotions and delusions of Alicen. I believe this is the strongest part of the novel. As for the thriller aspect, I really didn't see t have read the Seer series by Rachelle Dekker, and I really enjoyed the first two books, but the third one kind of fell flat for me. So when I heard Dekker wrote a new book, When Through Waters Deep, I read the synopsis and was interested to read the book. The story is lumped in the Psychological Thriller genre. Dekker does a wonderful job at diving deep into the emotions and delusions of Alicen. I believe this is the strongest part of the novel. As for the thriller aspect, I really didn't see that coming. I don't even lump this story into that genre until the end of the book suggested it. It started more like a speculative novel, than ended with a thriller ending. The first seventy-five percent of the book doesn't read like a thriller should. There should have been more external danger to Alicen, but the only danger occurs right about ninety percent into the book. So I don't think it is a suspense novel either. The story dragged a lot and didn't capture my attention. I kept wanting more action. Overall, Through Waters Deep by Rachelle Dekker is a truly unique story with a wonderful crafted dive into the world of someone's mind, but to place this book in a psychological thriller genre seems way too wrong for the actual plot. I believe fans of James Rubart, Amanda Stevens, and Ted Dekker might enjoy this novel. I received a complimentary copy of When Through Waters Deep by Rachelle Dekker from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    When Through Deep Waters is one of those books that I hesitated picking up to read. I assumed it would probably not be a book for me. I do not normally read in this genre. However, I quickly changed my mind as soon as I read Chapter One. I am so glad I gave it a chance. I loved this book. Alicen endures so much tragedy, heart break and pain. This is one of those books that many can relate to. As soon as I finished it, I started recommending it to my friends. I highly highly recommed When Through When Through Deep Waters is one of those books that I hesitated picking up to read. I assumed it would probably not be a book for me. I do not normally read in this genre. However, I quickly changed my mind as soon as I read Chapter One. I am so glad I gave it a chance. I loved this book. Alicen endures so much tragedy, heart break and pain. This is one of those books that many can relate to. As soon as I finished it, I started recommending it to my friends. I highly highly recommed When Through Deep Waters and would give it 100 stars if I could. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I liked and enjoyed Rachelle's last series, but this one is definitely more my speed! Can't wait!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Tackling the difficult topics of grief and mental illness, Rachelle Dekker has written a book far removed from that of her first trilogy, but in all the right ways. Dekker has found her voice as a writer in a way I have been waiting for. It’s hard to live your own life when you are always trying to please someone else. Alicen McCaffrey has the life her mother wants for her, but its not the life she wants. With a wildly successful husband, California home, and a daughter she adores, things seem pe Tackling the difficult topics of grief and mental illness, Rachelle Dekker has written a book far removed from that of her first trilogy, but in all the right ways. Dekker has found her voice as a writer in a way I have been waiting for. It’s hard to live your own life when you are always trying to please someone else. Alicen McCaffrey has the life her mother wants for her, but its not the life she wants. With a wildly successful husband, California home, and a daughter she adores, things seem perfect, until it all falls apart. Alicen feels completely responsible and hits rock bottom feeling she has nothing left to live for. Almost everyone abandons her and she turns to the one person she has left, a childhood friend who takes her back to their childhood home in Red Lodge, Montana. Memories of their good times spent together and her grandmother who lived there come flooding back. However, the good times aren’t the only things that come back. Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing things that aren’t there and she fears she is losing it completely just as her grandmother was rumored to have done. Is any of it real? Or is this going to be more than she can take? The name Dekker for me always draws me to books by Rachelle’s father, wo is one of my all time favorite authors with stories like no one else writes. The first books Rachelle wrote reminded me all too well of her father’s writing which disappointed me, I was hoping for her own voice. In When Through Deep Waters I finally saw that individual voice of hers coming out. There was a moment or two she tried to put tie-ins to her father’s writing that could have been left out, but readers who haven’t read anything by him won’t even notice. This story hit really close to home for me because I read it right after my son had been in an accident that could have been catastrophic; luckily it wasn’t, but the emotions were at a passionate high point anyway. I felt a solid connection with the characters more than in any of her previous novels and could really see a growth in the writing. A great deal of detail helped make the setting and the characters mesh in just the right way and brought the story to life. I not only enjoyed Alicen as the main character, but also several of the secondary characters as well. Labeling it as a thriller might be a stretch since that didn’t happen until close to the end; regardless, it is a book worth reading and keeping on the shelves for a long time. I recommend this book to fans of both Dekkers’ and those that enjoy the writing of Tosca Lee and James Rubart. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed with are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    David Steele

    When Through Deep Waters is the latest book from thriller writer, Rachelle Dekker who tells the tale of a young woman who tragically stares into the face of evil after the death of her young daughter. Gripped with deep spiritual and psychological sorrow, Alicen McCaffrey makes her way to the Clover Mountain Retreat Center in Deer Lodge Montana for help and healing. Dekker does a marvelous job recounting Alicen’s pain and the guilt associated with her circumstances. In the midst of her misery, Ali When Through Deep Waters is the latest book from thriller writer, Rachelle Dekker who tells the tale of a young woman who tragically stares into the face of evil after the death of her young daughter. Gripped with deep spiritual and psychological sorrow, Alicen McCaffrey makes her way to the Clover Mountain Retreat Center in Deer Lodge Montana for help and healing. Dekker does a marvelous job recounting Alicen’s pain and the guilt associated with her circumstances. In the midst of her misery, Alicen encounters strange psychological phenomena that readers must decipher on their own. Victoria is another character who emerges in the story. At first glance, she appears eager to help Alicen but not only has baggage of her own; she plans her own brand of evil, in the final analysis. When Through the Deep Waters beautifully showcases the writing ability of Rachelle Dekker. She writes with the precision of Stephen King and the perception of C.S. Lewis. Dekker has a unique ability to paint pictures with words, tell stories with extraordinary clarity, and hauntingly draws readers into the narrative. Dekker forces readers to wrestle with evil and spiritual warfare. But the higher purpose of her writing is to alert readers to the reality of grace, which is precisely where this review takes an unfortunate turn. The theme that reaches a crescendo in this book is self-forgiveness. When Alicen discovers grace, what she ultimately discovers is the importance of “forgiving herself.” This notion is a reoccurring theme in the evangelical world - a mantra that I hear often in personal conversations and read in many so-called Christian books. However, “forgiving oneself” is never found in the pages of Scripture. Instead, sinners are both invited and commanded to “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved …” (Acts 16:31, ESV).“ Sinners are never once commanded to “forgive themselves.” Rather, they are invited to come to the cross to receive forgiveness. “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered,“ says Romans 4:7. And Colossians 2:13 reveals that “God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses.” Instead of “forgiving ourselves,” Scripture calls us to trust in Jesus, our Substitute (2 Cor. 5:21). He is the only One qualified to forgive us and cleanse us from unrighteousness. When Through Deep Waters is a book I wanted to like. The storytelling is compelling. And the characters are interesting. But the underlying theology is not helpful and leads readers down a path that is not an accurate presentation of the biblical gospel. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara Wise

    ** “Remember what Jesus taught: you are the light of the world. Every single person gets to decide if they believe in the light. That’s what makes the magic strong; you have to choose to believe it. You have to switch your view and see the truth beyond what can be seen.” ** Rachelle Dekker offers a thought-provoking novel of freedom and forgiveness with her latest novel, “When Through Deep Waters.” After Alicen McCaffrey suffers an unimaginable loss, she travels to Red Lodge, Montana, to spend tim ** “Remember what Jesus taught: you are the light of the world. Every single person gets to decide if they believe in the light. That’s what makes the magic strong; you have to choose to believe it. You have to switch your view and see the truth beyond what can be seen.” ** Rachelle Dekker offers a thought-provoking novel of freedom and forgiveness with her latest novel, “When Through Deep Waters.” After Alicen McCaffrey suffers an unimaginable loss, she travels to Red Lodge, Montana, to spend time with her childhood friend, Louise. While there, Alicen begins to see and hear children who aren’t really there. Concerned for her sanity, Louise and Alicen’s mother, Betty, encourage her to participate in an at-home program at Clover Mountain Retreat Center, where she is personally treated by owner Victoria Flowers and psychiatrist Dr. Cormack Wells. As Alicen struggles to determine if she’s truly crazy — or really seeing a young team of ministering spirits — Victoria begins to behave more and more oddly. As Victoria’s troubled past is more and more revealed, Alicen’s life becomes more and more endangered. “When Through Deep Waters” is a deep and dark novel, filled with complex and disturbing characters. It is also filled with incredible themes and lessons, especially the theme of light versus darkness (or shadows). It repeatedly reminds us of grace, forgiveness and healing; the necessity of letting go of shame; logic can and will fail us; sometimes we needs to just be like a child in our beliefs and faith; and we must search out our true identity. Dekker’s latest novel is a real eye-opener to the human condition, to humanity itself and the very depths of our souls. Readers will definitely see a strong influence from her father, author Ted Dekker, particularly his Circle Series with references to white bats and lakes with mystical powers. So fans of Mr. Dekker will enjoy this novel immensely, as well as fans of Mike Dellosso, Travis Thrasher, Frank Peretti and Robin Parrish. Another great offering from the Dekker family! Five stars out of five. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Alicen returns to her roots in small-town Montana after suffering a devastating loss. Struggling to rebuild her life after the death of her daughter and the break-up of her marriage, she agrees to help her childhood best friend inventory her family-owned bookshop and vacation home before both are put up for sale. Feeling worthless and alone, she is already suffering through depression when she begins to hear voices and see children that are not there. Or are they? Alicen grapples with her sanit Alicen returns to her roots in small-town Montana after suffering a devastating loss. Struggling to rebuild her life after the death of her daughter and the break-up of her marriage, she agrees to help her childhood best friend inventory her family-owned bookshop and vacation home before both are put up for sale. Feeling worthless and alone, she is already suffering through depression when she begins to hear voices and see children that are not there. Or are they? Alicen grapples with her sanity through an outpatient program at a nearby mental hospital while simultaneously dealing with a tense relationship with her mother and the realization that she may be suffering a mental break just as her grandmother did years ago. Throughout her turmoil she continues to grapple with the voices and waver on the question: am I crazy? I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway and usually try to write positive reviews, as I only request books that I feel like I am going to enjoy. For this book I really struggled to make it to the end. For me, it was a book about religion and God's healing powers thinly disguised as a thriller/suspense which was misleading marketing. The majority of the book was Alicen's thoughts surrounding whether or not she was crazy and if the voices were real or imaginary. This made the pacing incredibly slow as there was a lot of repeated agonizing and very little action. I found much of the writing to sound very cliched and unnatural and did not feel a connection to the main character, Alicen. The premise sounded very promising but the book seemed entirely set up to make a statement about God's healing love and the plot and characters seemed secondary to this goal. The story was not my cup of tea but it has received many rave reviews from other advance readers, so others may not share my opinion. If you are looking for a thriller, this book is probably not for you. If you enjoy books with messages about God's redeeming love, read on.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Alicen McCaffrey is living the good life according to her mother, Betty. She has a beautiful house, a successful husband and a beautiful daughter named Jane. Unfortunately, that all changes with a tragedy that Alicen feels responsible for. . .and it doesn't take Alicen long to hit the lowest point of her life. Feeling a change of scenery would do her good, Alicen accompanies her friend, Louise, back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as children. Once in Red Lodge, Alicen tr Alicen McCaffrey is living the good life according to her mother, Betty. She has a beautiful house, a successful husband and a beautiful daughter named Jane. Unfortunately, that all changes with a tragedy that Alicen feels responsible for. . .and it doesn't take Alicen long to hit the lowest point of her life. Feeling a change of scenery would do her good, Alicen accompanies her friend, Louise, back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as children. Once in Red Lodge, Alicen tries to relax and hopes that she can see life differently there. Then she starts to hear voices and sees mysterious figures. Are they real? Or are they a figment of her imagination? When Through Deep Waters is different from anything else that I have ever read. As a whole, I enjoyed Dekker's writing style. I haven't read any of her previous books, but this book flew along fairly quickly for me.I read most of the book in one day. There is a battle between good and evil, sanity and insanity, which keeps you reading along. I am not sure I can say that I found the book to be quite believable, although I know that it is fiction. However, I did find it raised some interesting questions in my mind. I appreciate that When Through Deep Waters raises issues of mental health in our society and I hope that it helps people talk about those issues in book groups or with reading friends. There is a list of ten discussion questions at the back of the book that would be great for a book group. I think this is an issue that still isn't discussed much in our society and concerns me when I read that suicide rates have been climbing. I received When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker from Tyndale House Publishing Company. I was not required to write a positive review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    You would expect nothing less than genius from Rachelle Dekker as Ted Dekker's daughter, and she performs exceptionally in "When Through Deep Waters".  Rachelle proves that her imagination for the extraordinary and grasp of biblical principles do, in fact, create a masterpiece of fiction that is mesmerizing and thought-provoking. Alicen McCaffrey has everything her mother wants for her--a rich husband, a beautiful house and a precocious daughter. Until the tragic day, when her little girl drowns, You would expect nothing less than genius from Rachelle Dekker as Ted Dekker's daughter, and she performs exceptionally in "When Through Deep Waters".  Rachelle proves that her imagination for the extraordinary and grasp of biblical principles do, in fact, create a masterpiece of fiction that is mesmerizing and thought-provoking. Alicen McCaffrey has everything her mother wants for her--a rich husband, a beautiful house and a precocious daughter. Until the tragic day, when her little girl drowns, and she blames herself.  In her grief, she travels with a childhood friend back to the town where they spent their summers as children.  As she starts hearing voices and seeing people no one else can see, Alicen wonders if she will ever recover or lose her sanity altogether. Rachelle taps into all of our emotions when dealing with Alicen's story--sorrow, grief, anger, frustration--it's like you are there experiencing everything as a witness to Alicen's slow journey to either healing or insanity. Don't let the summer go by without reading Rachelle Dekker's masterpiece.  May her next venture be as extraordinary as this one. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Roets

    Sometimes you pick up a book and you have no idea if it's going to be a good fit for you or not. That's part of the reason why I write up book reviews. I want to help others find books that they're going to love. The Good: Ms. Dekker writes amazing lead characters. She does such a wonderful job of sharing Alicen's grief and the dive into depression. I could relate to Alicen and the struggles that she had after watching her "perfect" life fall to pieces. I felt as if I were walking right alongside Sometimes you pick up a book and you have no idea if it's going to be a good fit for you or not. That's part of the reason why I write up book reviews. I want to help others find books that they're going to love. The Good: Ms. Dekker writes amazing lead characters. She does such a wonderful job of sharing Alicen's grief and the dive into depression. I could relate to Alicen and the struggles that she had after watching her "perfect" life fall to pieces. I felt as if I were walking right alongside her as she struggled. This was made easier by the wonderful job that the author does at setting the scene. I could see the woods, the small bookstore, the house, and all of the places that Alicen finds herself. The Bad: This book is completely labeled as the wrong genre. It isn't really a mystery or a thriller. I would have tucked it more under paranormal fiction, if anything. Also, while it didn't bother me, some may be bothered by the theme of self-forgiveness due to their beliefs that only God can truly forgive. Like I said, this wasn't an issue for me but I wanted to give y'all a heads up in case that sort of thing may be an issue for you. The Summary: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The fact that it was listed as a thriller worried me but as I said above, it really isn't a thriller. It's really a book about finding yourself again after the world has taken your light away. For me, I am very glad that I took a chance and picked up this book. I hope you will too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie D.

    I finished this book in two days! It is definitely a page turner and I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. This story is about Alicen (can I admit here that it took me a few pages to realize how to pronounce this as Alison - lol) and how she deals with the tragic circumstances that befall her. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Alicen but I think that's all part of the story - how she changes and evolves. When she goes back to Montana, as place that holds dear memories as a chil I finished this book in two days! It is definitely a page turner and I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. This story is about Alicen (can I admit here that it took me a few pages to realize how to pronounce this as Alison - lol) and how she deals with the tragic circumstances that befall her. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Alicen but I think that's all part of the story - how she changes and evolves. When she goes back to Montana, as place that holds dear memories as a child, things start to happen that have her, and those around her, unsettled. She starts hearing voices and seeing children that seem to speak to her and know her. Not only that, but she has heard of these children before from someone else. I really like Alicen's friend, Louise. If only we could all have a friend like this! She is Alicen's advocate and helps her in so many ways. I like how she sees the good in Alicen, even when other's don't. I'm not too crazy about Alicen's mother, although her attitude really does have something to do with the story and how Alicen feels about herself. This story really is the classic good versus evil story and Rachelle really does it well. There was a small area in the middle of the book where I thought it was dragging a bit, but other than this, I really enjoyed the book wholeheartedly. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by the Tyndale Blog Network

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    When Through Deep Waters is Rachelle Dekker's fourth book, the first three a dystopian trilogy. I was excited to see what other stories she had for us. Fortunately, this one does not disappoint. Alicen has suffered a tragic loss and is trying to find her way through the grief. She lands in the family vacation home of her childhood friend. The idyllic location reminds her of all the hope she had for her life as a child and forces her to deal with many different disappointments in her life includi When Through Deep Waters is Rachelle Dekker's fourth book, the first three a dystopian trilogy. I was excited to see what other stories she had for us. Fortunately, this one does not disappoint. Alicen has suffered a tragic loss and is trying to find her way through the grief. She lands in the family vacation home of her childhood friend. The idyllic location reminds her of all the hope she had for her life as a child and forces her to deal with many different disappointments in her life including the life and death of her beloved grandmother. Here's what I love about the book, one, it's an old-school Frank Peretti style spiritual warfare book in that Alicen is an ordinary person that is struggling with spiritual forces. Two, it's a fiction book that made me want to get out my journal and explore some thoughts that bubbled up about myself! Third, God wins in the end and it doesn't look like the normal everyone desires. Fourth, straight up scripture usage that doesn't come from a character reading the Bible aloud. I would highly recommend this if you're interested in spiritual warfare or even looking to explore your own inner conversation. A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publisher for the purpose of review. I'm never required to give a good review, but always thankful when I can.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hardwick

    Alicen, the main character of this book, appeared to have a life that many people dream of when it all comes crashing but it all dissolves pretty quickly after a tragic event. This book takes us on her journey to wholeness after devastating losses. I enjoyed seeing that a deep friendship endured and that an old friend stayed by her side and had her best interest at heart even in the midst of adversity with her own family and those who were supposed to be helping her. Throughout the book there wa Alicen, the main character of this book, appeared to have a life that many people dream of when it all comes crashing but it all dissolves pretty quickly after a tragic event. This book takes us on her journey to wholeness after devastating losses. I enjoyed seeing that a deep friendship endured and that an old friend stayed by her side and had her best interest at heart even in the midst of adversity with her own family and those who were supposed to be helping her. Throughout the book there was subtle references to God’s saving grace, which I loved, but I was concerned about the blurred line between hallucinations and spirits speaking to her -- and the implication that these may have been sent by God. This bothered me to the point of skipping some of these sections, so to be fair, I may not have grasped the entire story. Still, I enjoyed seeing that in the end, she seemed to come to wholeness in her acceptance of her life and the relationships that surrounded her. I love this quote, “Please don’t blame yourself for any of this … It was a journey I had to take. I was called here for a reason. I had to walk through these shadows to discover who I am. To find peace with the world and with myself.” My thought is that, with God, we can all find this peace she speaks about - I received a free copy of this book for review purposes - All opinions are my own -

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is the first book by Rachelle Dekker that I have read. The story unfolds as Alicen who leads the perfect life suffers an unmentionable tragedy. She has no where to turn, so she goes to see an old friend who takes her under her wing and tries to get Alicen some help. The depression and the mourning Alicen feels is so accurately portrayed in the book, that you can't help but get caught up in her story. Throughout the book we see Alicen go through many emotions. Her experiences are ones that s This is the first book by Rachelle Dekker that I have read. The story unfolds as Alicen who leads the perfect life suffers an unmentionable tragedy. She has no where to turn, so she goes to see an old friend who takes her under her wing and tries to get Alicen some help. The depression and the mourning Alicen feels is so accurately portrayed in the book, that you can't help but get caught up in her story. Throughout the book we see Alicen go through many emotions. Her experiences are ones that she can't explain. As the reader, you are left to wander what is really happening to her. I honestly found this book hard to follow and it didn't hold my interest for very long. Had it not been a book I was reviewing, I probably would have put it away, unread. It started off as a heart warming story, but quickly lead to almost a paranormal novel. I wasn't quite sure where it was headed, so I kept reading. I haven't read anything by this author to compare it to, but it just wasn't my kind of book. I would give this book 2 stars. I was graciously gifted this book by Tyndale house for an open and honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donna Thompson

    *I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway** I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's taken me a bit of time to figure out exactly what I think about it, as it wasn't quite what I was expecting. However, that's not to say it wasn't good, hence the 5 star rating. To be perfectly honest, I couldn't read a whole lot of this book in one sitting. The pain and anguish of the main character takes you to such a dark and hopeless place, that it placed a heaviness on my heart. I could really f *I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway** I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's taken me a bit of time to figure out exactly what I think about it, as it wasn't quite what I was expecting. However, that's not to say it wasn't good, hence the 5 star rating. To be perfectly honest, I couldn't read a whole lot of this book in one sitting. The pain and anguish of the main character takes you to such a dark and hopeless place, that it placed a heaviness on my heart. I could really feel what the main character was going through and it is gut-wrenching. This says a lot about the author's ability to write in such a realistic and compelling way. There is light at the end of the tunnel though, and if you stick with it till the end, there is a satisfying conclusion. The only thing I wish is that the author would've placed a bit more emphasis on the saving grace of Jesus Christ, rather than referring to the light. That just seemed a bit too New Age for me. But overall, this is a deep, wrenching and compulsive read that will definitely affect each reader in a different way. It was a refreshingly unique book and I'm curious to see what this author will come up with next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lora Ressler

    Where do I start, I just finished Rachelle Dekker's newest novel When through deep waters. At first I was intrigued because one I adore her father's writing and two her first trilogy was very good itself. As I started it was moving at a good pace keeping my interest. While Alicen was dealing with her struggles it slowed down. The slow down was eased by her use of words to bring …..physicality to the mental struggle of depression, shame, guilt, etc. And then she brings in the uppercut and lays me Where do I start, I just finished Rachelle Dekker's newest novel When through deep waters. At first I was intrigued because one I adore her father's writing and two her first trilogy was very good itself. As I started it was moving at a good pace keeping my interest. While Alicen was dealing with her struggles it slowed down. The slow down was eased by her use of words to bring …..physicality to the mental struggle of depression, shame, guilt, etc. And then she brings in the uppercut and lays me out flat with Alicen's breakthrough. I was in tears, literally, reading Alicen's final steps to true freedom. As I sit here still mulling it over I am brought back to how I was introduced to this family, by her father's book Thr3e. This book has left me in the same state of awe that Thr3e did. The truth so visible now that I'm shocked by my lack of vision to see it sooner. I would highly recommend this book to all! Kudos Rachelle you have done your dad proud I'm sure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tom Burkholder

    In the book When Through Deep Waters, author Rachelle Dekker tells the all too common story of the seemingly perfect life suddenly falling apart. Alicen seemed to have that perfect life, but a tragic event causes her life to unravel. Trying to pick up the pieces, she hopes that a friend and small town from her childhood will bring back happier memories. But is she losing her mind? Going crazy? Just like her grandma? This is a mind bending read but it is a great book to make you think, what are mi In the book When Through Deep Waters, author Rachelle Dekker tells the all too common story of the seemingly perfect life suddenly falling apart. Alicen seemed to have that perfect life, but a tragic event causes her life to unravel. Trying to pick up the pieces, she hopes that a friend and small town from her childhood will bring back happier memories. But is she losing her mind? Going crazy? Just like her grandma? This is a mind bending read but it is a great book to make you think, what are ministering angels? I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    The story begins with Alicen’s daughter drowns in the family pool. Her marriages falls apart as does her life. A childhood friend invites her to Red Lodge, Montana to help he pack up her family’s belongings and Alicen seeks help at the Clover Mountain Retreat Center. One would think this is a story of pain and learning to move forward after such grief, but it is more of a psychological and spiritual journey. Is it a thriller, I don’t believe so. The story moves slowly and I could not relate to Al The story begins with Alicen’s daughter drowns in the family pool. Her marriages falls apart as does her life. A childhood friend invites her to Red Lodge, Montana to help he pack up her family’s belongings and Alicen seeks help at the Clover Mountain Retreat Center. One would think this is a story of pain and learning to move forward after such grief, but it is more of a psychological and spiritual journey. Is it a thriller, I don’t believe so. The story moves slowly and I could not relate to Alicen, her mother nor the director of the retreat, Victoria (who has her own demons). I am not one for stories with a spiritual theme and this is one that I could not get into.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shelia

    I wanted to like this book. To be fair I don’t like hokey movies. I dislike Christmas movies on Lifetime and almost all Christian movies because they end up making things so pretty and flowery and well, that’s just not what life is about. The beginning of the book was great. A perfect life disrupted and the truth that goes along with the death of a child on your watch. Then it becomes simply far fetched. It became painful during the last 10 chapters or so but I finished it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily Yager

    This is the first book by Rachelle Dekker that I have read. I honestly did not know what to expect when I started it. I was drawn in from the very first page. This book follows the journey of Alicen who suffers from a mental breakdown after losing her family and the mental health challenges she deals with afterward. It was so engaging. I love how well this book showed and handled mental health issues in a very real and creative way. I highly recommend this work.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jaleesa Gibson

    I really wanted to love this book because I very much enjoyed The Choosing. However, it just didn't flow well for me. The characters felt very flat and I never felt myself really caring what happened to any of them. The salvation message is kind of forced in there and the repeatitivness of descriptions and inner dialogue just killed it for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morrow

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I've always loved Ted Dekker's books, and had been wanting to read one of his daughter Rachelle's books. This book was quite different...and fantastic! I highly recommend it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jasper

    This book was a very interesting-unique fiction/dealing with grief novel. Read it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dennison

    Rachelle Dekker has written another very Amazing storyline that dives into the pysche of the human mind with a spiritual aspect.

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