River of Ashes
A St. Benedict Novel, Book 1

By Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor


“A psychological portrait akin to Lord of the Flies.” ~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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“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, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jeffery Deaver.” ~The Strand Magazine

“You could practically taste the fear.” ~Laura Hernandez

“Nothing can prepare you for what you will find within these pages.” ~Goodreads


St. Benedict is a contemporary Psychological Thriller, Southern Gothic series with themes and tone reminiscent of V.C. Andrews meets Tennessee Williams. It also has elements of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, You by Caroline Kepnes, and a dose of Pretty Little Liars.

The series addresses social issues including sexual violence and bullying. The novel is inspired by true events and has an important message for any age. Nerd Daily called it, “The kind of skin-crawling, queasy-feeling-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach story that needs to be told and demands to be read. The type of cautionary tale that keeps you alive by reminding you that sometimes the biggest horrors aren’t the monsters hiding under the bed but the ones hiding in plain sight.”

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