Bitteroot Lake – ARC Book Review

Bitterroot Lake: A Novel by [Alicia Beckman]

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.

No. of pages:- 326 pages

Date published:- 13th April 2021

Publisher:- Crooked Lane

Genre:- Thriller

A murder reunites five women and recount the event that happened twenty five years ago that affected their friendship with each other.

Janine calls her friend Sarah for help when Lucas was found murdered in a cabin. Janine maintains she didn’t kill him. But twenty five years ago, Lucas sexually assaulted Janine and apparently got away with it.

The plot was good but the story was not very fast paced, not much twists and turns you would expect in a thriller. Too much unnecessary details that affect the plot of the story that I thought was not necessary. It was slow and boring to me and I almost put this book away but in the end managed to finish the book.

Overall, this is a slow burn thriller, not much of twists and turns. Worth only three stars.

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion.

Poul Anderson Appreciation: Three Stars
Alicia Beckman

Alicia Beckman, author of “BITTERROOT LAKE” (Crooked Lane Books, April 2021), is the alter ego of Leslie Budewitz, three-time Agatha Award winner and bestselling author of the Spice Shop and Food Lovers’ Village mysteries.

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.

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