ARC Review & Giveaway: Deep in the Meadows-Lisa M. Cronkhite

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***I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review and participation in the blog tour via Elana Johnson.

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Bianca “Bee” Thompson’s brother, Jimmy has been dead for ten months, yet she still feels his presence lingering. And one question haunts her: Was Jimmy’s death an accident?

Probing into the events on the night of Jimmy’s death, Bee hears strange voices. The voices lead her to a blood-splattered room, a terrifying threat, and a deadly trap. Is Bee on the trail of her brother’s murderer, or is she entangled in a totally different and much more diabolical plot?

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3/5 Stars


  • The ghostly images of Jimmy are haunting. The way the environment interacts with Bee and gives her clues puts a supernatural spin on the story that will leave you questioning whether or not Jimmy is back from the grave or Bee is losing it.
  • The mystery is spine-tingling, edge of your seat suspense as you try to scramble and put together the clues. There’s a near constant air of danger and foreboding as Bee gets into more precarious situations. So many questions are sparked by subtle clues that all lead up to an explosive, incredibly written climax that is just one twist after another. 
  • Bee’s paranoia is warranted; she’s impulsive and almost reckless as she lets the emotions consume her and takes everything personally. She jumps before she looks and doesn’t listen to her intuition is the worst situations. Bee is consumed by sadness, the loss of her brother is crippling and it’s so poignant and well written that every single second of her life is filled of memory and near unbearable nostalgia for her life with Jimmy. Everything around her is falling apart and it’s a miracle that Bee is as together as she is. 
  • The truth, when it comes out is so disquieting and disturbing and it hits all at once. The madness swallows the plot whole and makes you challenge every little gesture that was made by every character, even the most mundane. 
  • Bee’s mother’s loss is so much more than depressing, it that debilitating, raw, and broken mourning for something that can never be returned. The small scenes of her lost in memory, losing her grip on reality are an honest and totally real look at the heart wrenching pain of losing a child. 


  • A teenage girl shows up to a random strangers door and the first thought isn’t to call the police? Some scenarios and reactions to chaotic and traumatic situations were unbelievable and detracted from the overall horror of the plot. Sometimes it was like that character in horror films who decides to run up the stairs instead of out the door and you can’t help but think, did she think she was going to fly off the roof?
  • Bee’s obsession with Ryan was a bit much. At first it was cute, she obviously has had a crush on him for years and it’s adorable how she pines after him, he’s cute, charming, the only one who gets her loss but then she transforms into a catty, semi-cliche, jealous wanna-be girlfriend. Her snarky comments and habit of referring to Ryan;s love interest as a skank was off-putting and diminished her character as a whole. 
  • Ryan is a jerk. He tramples over Bee’s feelings, says the harshest, most cringe-worthy thinks to her. It’s heartbreaking and you can’t not feel bad for Bee as Ryan pushes her away from a more attractive girl. He has no sensitivity whatsoever and is that sort of wishy-washy character that doesn’t have any redeemable qualities and is too much of coward to confront the issues or at least discuss them head-on. 
  • The plot is slow. While it is pushed forward by the overwhelming urge to figure out the mystery, some scenes were bland and fluctuated between overly dramatic or not dramatic enough. 

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Midwest Author Lisa M. Cronkhite’s love for writing started when she was a teen, journaling of her torrid romance with her first boyfriend then and now husband of over two decades. She picked up writing again after her first bipolar episode and psychotic break when her doctor recommended it as a coping skill. Once again, with pencil in hand, Lisa dove herself into crafting poetry. Through the years, Lisa has published her poems in print and online magazines such as Poetry Repairs, Grey Sparrow Press, Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Salzburg Review and many more. Lisa also has short stories in magazines like Suspense Magazine and YA Fiction magazine Suddenly Lost in Words. 

Her novels include Dreaming a Reality, Demon Girl and Deep in the Meadows. Disconnected is her fourth novel. Lisa is currently working on her next novel, Purple Haze.

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