Monday, October 31, 2022

River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Publisher: Vesuvian Books (August 2, 2022)
Publication date: August 2, 2022
Language: English


"This is the kind of novel that authors like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins would be proud to write." —Rabia Tanveer, CEO at Beyond Content, Pakistan

"I've read a few thrillers, but NOTHING comes close to River of Ashes." —Rozanne Visagie, NetGalley

"Holy snap, this was BRUTAL in the best of ways!" —Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Little Dead Red

"The duel POV [takes] you closer than ever into the mind of a serial monster and his victims ... Weis and Astor bring the darkness of the elite to the forefront in this fast paced psychological thriller. Highly recommend!" —Tanya Roberts, Indigo Books, Qu├ębec Canada

"With reality bordering on the chilling, I jumped in feet first and was amazed ... The next book can't come out fast enough." —Erin Forys, Barnes and Noble, Williamsburg VA

"Horrifying moments haunt the reading experience, which is the masterstroke of a true horror/thriller artist ... but they go one step further in the emotional horror that chills your bones for its sheer realism." —K.C. Finn, USA Today Bestselling Author

"The most memorable novel with the most intriguing ending I've read this year. It's emotionally charged, quite sinister, evocative, and highly addictive." —Emma Megan (Emma's Insights Book Review)

"Beau Devereaux is one of the best-written villains you'll ever love to hate. An addictive read." —BookTrib

"You cannot prepare to read this kind of thing. Expect to have a strong reaction. Expect to feel disturbed." —Jypsy

"This book did what every good horror movie or book should do, it kept me uncomfortable the whole time ... Definitely a must read if you can handle it." —she.a.reader

"An extremely dark and deeply unsettling thriller that nails the role of a budding psychopath ... and actually delivers on building a devastating psychological thriller." —Swetha

"As a psychological study, River of Ashes represents a standout in literature. ... thoroughly engrossing." —Midwest Book Review

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. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. 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 haunted 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 clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

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Warning: This book contains rape, violence, and a psychopath's POV, which some readers will find disturbing.

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Photo Content from Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is an award-winning author, advanced practice registered nurse, and wildlife rehabber who was born and raised in the French Quarter. She has taught at major universities and worked with victims of sexual assault, abuse, and mental illness in a clinical setting at many New Orleans area hospitals. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and Horror Writers Association. The Strand Magazine said, "Alexandrea Weis is one of the most talented authors around, and in a short time her novels are destined to stand along with authors such as Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Joyce Carol Oates."

Lucas Astor is an award-winning 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 next door behind a smiling face. Astor currently lives outside of Nashville, TN.

The original cover art is by Mister Sam Shearon, a dark artist from Liverpool, who has provided cover illustrations for the Angel series, 30 Days of Night, The X-Files, and the fully illustrated H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Books of Blood.

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