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When Through Deep Waters

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Alicen McAffery 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 ki ...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers
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David Steele
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A crazy story...but very engaging!
Sarah June Eustache
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. 
Suzie Waltner
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This book needed to be a lot shorter. So much repetitiveness, so much could have been pared-down. The story itself was interesting, but too many words just made me wishing I could fast forward it to get to the point.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker is a gripping story that held my interest. I could see glimpses of her father's, Ted Deckker, works in the story line.
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 ...more
Virginia Winfield
Fantastic story. There are so many twists and turns throughout the story. I had a very hard time putting this book down. It would be so horrible to live through what Alicen went through. She was unable to get past the idea that it was her fault that her daughter drowned. She goes to a place where she had been happy as a child with a long time friend to try to heal. Instead of healing she seems to get worse. I love how the author works through all this pain. This was so well done. I received a co ...more
Dec 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
I liked and enjoyed Rachelle's last series, but this one is definitely more my speed! Can't wait!
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was just okay!
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit different from my usual reads, but kept my attention nonetheless. It was interesting, but I can't really say I agree with the spiritual parts of the book. I found all that to be a little off. Not that I don't believe in angels, or supernatural things happening, but it certainly had some odd twists. I am not really sure it portrays the gospel that I believe, although the author did speak of Jesus maybe once. Her big focus seemed to be on us being the 'light of the world' and a ...more
Jessica Higgins
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Wise
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** “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
Emily P
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not what I expected, but in a great way! I was anxious to read it and had to wait, but was it worth it! :) Rachelle Dekker has begun her own legacy, and this book cements that her skills are comparable (or better?) to her father's work.

Alicen has experienced a family tragedy that has spun her world out of control. During the aftermath, she begins having dreams of her late Grandma Joe, a woman who poured life giving words into her young life. She also hears whispers....but has no id
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 ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katrina Roets
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie D.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tyndale
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
Kim Bakos
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I was excited to read this book since I love Ted Dekker's books. But this was very disappointing :(
As someone who was raised Pentecostal, there were many friends of other denominations that thought we were a little whacky. Some went so far as to say speaking in tongues is a sign of demon possession. So to find a book where supposed spiritual insight is confused with mental illness was a premise that I found disturbing.
Some of my problem with the story came from the very beginning when the mothe
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Donna Thompson
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, 2018-read
*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
Cathy Cermele
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 imagin
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The oldest daughter of "New York Times" bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair. Visit her online at ...more