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    a marvelously pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat d

    Death by the River is a marvelously pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat dark adventure that is sure to delight, shock, and eviscerate your calm world. In one fell swoop, you find yourself ensnaring in the clutches of a burgeoning evil that is only just beginning to breathe and spread its wings. Nothing can prepare you for the ultimate thrill ride that you will find within these pages. If you think you know how it will end, I guarantee you that it won’t even come close to the climactic terror that will haunt you long afterwards. While this is not my typical choice of reading material, I have to say that it appealed to me in very different yet intriguing ways that my normal story could not easily touch. The poignant characters that you will find throughout this book are what you might expect and yet there is a thread of unpredictability that weaves its way into them and changes each one. Whether that change is good or bad is for you to decide, but I would caution those with particular sensitivity to be careful moving forward. You might not find what you want to see, but you will surely come across those things that will sour even the strongest of stomachs. What I loved about this story was the multi-faceted views that we were given from various key characters at pivotal times. You were able to get into their heads and find out more about them and how they perceived what was going on. This made the story that much richer and more horrifying. The depth is where you find the true heart of this masterpiece. You will either shiver in fear or find yourself enthralled by its addicting nature. Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor have created a phenomenal work of art! While this is not for every reader, it is crated with a tender touch and a meticulous eye to detail. This was a fabulous, one of a kind experience that rocked my world and yet challenged me to peer through the eyes of one that we have all encountered at one time or another. Life has it jagged edges, and this is one of those. Walk with caution, keep your heart pure, but above all, guard your emotions.
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    A thrilling read

    Every now and then comes a novel that rises above storytelling for mere entertainment and acts as a critical commentary of social mores. I couldn’t put this book down not only because the story and the characters were so compelling and well-written, but also because the topic is near and dear to my heart. Sexual assault and relationship violence among high schoolers is not a “boys will be boys” and “teens will be teens” situation that can or should be easily shrugged off or dismissed. There are real and terrible consequences to ignoring such behavior; something that the characters here discover at their peril. In the beginning, Beau Devereaux has the world at his feet. He’s the star quarterback on his high school’s football team, he’s dating the popular captain of the cheerleading squad, and his family’s wealth has made the town into his own personal kingdom. Everyone looks to the Devereauxes for economic sustenance, and everyone looks to Beaux to be the next great business and community leader that his father has been. And, most importantly to Beaux, he is the king of the river, the place where all the area kids go to party. He has it all. Almost. Every move, gesture, word, action, and expression are carefully watched by all the adults surrounding him, either to praise him or to keep him under control. Because while Beaux has most of the town fooled, some see him for what he really is: a monstrous volcano ready to explode. He wants what he can’t have and as his urges grow stronger and darker, his carefully crafted image is about to morph into something else entirely. Its both disturbing and fascinating to see into the mind of a psychopath as he manipulates, schemes, and effortlessly switches between personas. The authors, one of whom includes a thoughtful essay on the main subject, are quite good at enveloping the reader into the characters’ emotional worlds. The need to know what was going to happen to them and what decisions they were going to make kept me hungrily turning the pages. Even though there was some foreshadowing of what would happen in the end, there was a twist that I didn’t entirely see coming, which was a delightful surprise. This is one that will stay with me long afterwards. When a book gets under my skin like this one did, then I know it’s top notch. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys true crime, suspense, and psychological thrillers.
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    Five Stars

    Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor is a thriller that combines elements of romance and obsession with intrigue and murder. It's a dark story that follows psychopath Beau Devereaux and the headstrong girl he has set his sights on. The book begins with Beau cornering Leslie Moore, but her hatred of him soon becomes clear. Told from several alternating point of view, this book allows the reader to see inside Beau's head to disturbing thoughts about his obsessive desire for Leslie, and also allows the reader to experience Leslie's emotional reactions to his aggression toward her and his comments that make her feel very uncomfortable in his presence. The reader also sees how Beau lays on the charm to fool everyone else around him. I really liked that as the reader I knew his true thoughts and wasn't fooled by his false facade. The author immediately started dropping hints about little mysteries that had me intrigued. While Beau’s secrets are more obvious from his behavior, Leslie's are not so apparent at first. Slowly, the reader learns more about her, the people around her, and the town itself. Secrets are revealed about teenage drama far beyond what is expected. I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me engaged, and the main character, Leslie, was interesting and complicated enough that I found her a sympathetic character to root for.
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    Death By The River

    This is an amazing book, a page turner . After reading Alexandrea 's note at the end , its actually a very sad book because it is so real .
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