Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor is a YA Horror novel about a boy with a dark, all-consuming obsession and a girl who only wants to crawl away from his clutches.
“A high school “American Psycho.”
SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET.
SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.
And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.
The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.
He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.
As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.
And that someone will pay with their life.“
Wow, this book!
A super dark, twisted, psychological obsession of a read! I was consumed by the writing almost as much as the monster was power-hungry for control. Which is really saying something.
First off, there is a trigger warning for detailed sexual assault, so if you are sensitive to this subject, please be cautious going into the story.
With this book being written by two authors, it was surprising to find out how fluid the story felt while reading it. The chapters felt like the same mind poured them out on the pages. The writing style is commanding of your time and so easy to read, I couldn’t put this down until I realized it was 2:30 in the morning, and I had to be up in a few hours.
This is a but that will draw you in and bring you into a whole new context. You feel the power and empathy from all the characters, and you can’t help but indulge in every word.
But this book doesn’t just follow dark themes; it also contains horror elements that make you wonder if you should leave the lights on. This is a perfectly unique story that I highly recommend for the Halloween season without all the ghouls and goblins running around.
Through the tough elements in the story to read, I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. The two sides to the story show a good versus evil, rich versus poor, love versus infatuation perspective while making your heart pound with emotion.
You won’t stop reading until this ride is over.
Published: 2 October 2018
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Genre: Young Adult Horror
How I Read It: ARC from Xpresso Book Tour
*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
“Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.”
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