I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor
Published by VESUVIAN BOOKS on October 2, 2018
Genres: YA, Thriller
Source: HG ARC Readers
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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.
WARNING: Readers of Death by the River will encounter situations of violence and sexual abuse which could be upsetting.
Abandon hope all ye who enter here ...
Beau Devereaux comes from a powerful and influential family. He is the golden boy, the star of the St benedict High School football team, he has the looks and the charm that keep him in good standing with the students, faculty and adults of his town. Beau has spent years cultivating his persona. The only person who sees right through Beau is Leslie Moore. She sees Beau for the psychopath he really is. But, can Leslie convince her twin sister, Dawn, that Beau is not who everyone thinks he is?
Beau’s only dating Dawn to get to her sister, Leslie. Leslie is the real prize he wants and he is determined to show Leslie why he is the King of the river. St. Francis Abbey is where Beau feels at home. It is a derelict abbey where the high school students come to party every weekend. It is also the place where Beau can finally be himself and do all of the secret things that have been in his mind for years.
Will Leslie become the ultimate prize or will she able to save herself and her sister Dawn from the hands of a psychopath?
What is wrong with me? OMG! Why is this the first book I have ever read by the fantastic writing duo Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor. I feel like I have been living under a rock and have only now discovered perfection. Weis and Astor just completely dominated the YA Thriller genre with Death by the River. I don’t think I have ever read a YA thriller that was so captivating and so chilling at the same time. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Beau is frightening. If you ever wondered what constitutes being a psychopath just look at Beau. You know how Ted Bundy looked like a normal guy from the outside? That is Beaux Deveraux. He is a chameleon of sorts, showing the “good” side (what he wants the world to see) to other people, faculty, his father and his friends, but when he is alone his true colors come out and boy do they shine. He is pure evil without a conscience.
Weis and Astor did such a great job of portraying seniors in high school. I often times find that teens portrayed in books sometimes do not seem authentic and tend to act much older than being in their teens. I am so glad that is not the case here. Leslie, Dawn, Beau and the rest of the characters all act their age. At times I felt myself screaming at Leslie wondering why she does not try to talk to an adult about what is going on with Beau. Then, I remember what it was like being a teenager and I can understand why Leslie only talks to her peers. Again, reiterating the fact that this group of characters really are just teenagers keeping secrets from parents and adults.
Death by the River really keeps the suspense building and I found myself not being able to put down this story. The story becomes very dark with scenes of abuse that may not be to every readers liking, but it really drove home how sick Beau really is. Weis and Astor did not go easy, they show every last sordid and evil deed done by Beau and it is downright horrifying. I certainly did NOT see that twist coming at all. That truly was an incredible ending to am even more incredible story.
Death by the River is a gripping and shocking thriller that will have you biting your nails as you hang on to every glorious word written on these pages. It is an intensely terrifying thriller that will keep you up late at night unable to put it down. Absolutely terrific! Well deserving of 5 stars!! This is also another book added to my top of 2018 list.