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Epeolatry Book Review: River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

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Title: River of Ashes
Author:  Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Release Date: August 2nd, 2022

Synopsis: 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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The Horror Tree Presents an Interview with Alexandrea Weis

The Horror Tree Presents- an Interview with Alexandrea Weis

By Ruschelle Dillon

 

Ruschelle: Alexandrea, welcome to the Horror Tree, where you will find all sorts of fruit, nuts and meat sacks hanging for you to snack on. Watch out for the disgustingly bloody ones. They’re not quite ripe yet. It’s great to have you here. You have a fantastic selection of books out there for your newfound fans to feast from. Many take place in your hometown of New Orleans which has seen more than its fair share of destruction from hurricanes, Ida being the most recent. At the penning of these questions, there are still swaths of Louisiana that are still without electricity and are digging out of Ida’s wrath. Has the devastating weather played a part in inspiring your books? Horrors can beget horrors.

Alexandrea: Honestly, the response in the aftermath has been fantastic compared to what we went through with Katrina. Then we had weeks without running water, power, gasoline, or food. It was a nightmare and very horror worthy. We’ve been fortunate this time. I got my power back in six days. A big THANK YOU to the line men and women who came to restore our electricity. They are a godsend!

 

Ruschelle: New Orleans has such a rich history. What are some aspects of NOLA that you must include when writing your stories? Conversely, are there nibblets that you find trite or just flat out wrong that you refuse to put in black and white? (I liked the word nibblets. I am also hungry for corn right now…)
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Epeolatry Book Review: Have You Seen Me? by Alexandrea Weis

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Title: Have You Seen Me?
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release Date: 17th August, 2021

Synopsis: SOME SECRETS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE … FOREVER.

Lindsey Gillett is missing.

And she’s not the first girl at Waverly Prep to vanish without a trace.

To help cope with the tragedy, new history teacher Aubrey LeRoux organizes a small student investigation team. But when the members start turning up dead across campus, Aubrey suspects there’s more going on than anyone is willing to admit.

The murdered students all had something in common with Lindsey. They shared a secret. And what they uncovered could threaten the future of the historic school.

At Waverly Prep, someone wants to keep the past buried—along with anyone who gets in their way.

A killer stalks the grounds of Waverly Prep, murdering students and anyone who get in the way. This novel is an excellent horror/slasher. The deaths are creative and just gruesome enough without being over the top. If you’re looking for classic horror/slasher movie fun, but in a novel, this is a good pick.

Unlike a typical slasher flick, none of the characters become throwaway victims. Each one shows motivation, personality, and complete rounding. Their deaths hit harder even though I saw their end coming—and I kept hoping for a last-minute rescue of my favourites.

However, as a mystery novel, this book falls short. The aforementioned creative murders often require characters to make illogical and reckless mistakes in order to establish isolation. I found it frustrating at several points, and almost amusing at others. I also felt the resolution to the mystery, while it made sense, wasn’t as creative as I would have liked.

Overall, the writing and pacing is well done, and I enjoyed this book.

 out of 5 ravens.

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