Alexandrea Weis


Alexandrea Weis is a multi-award-winning, international bestselling author, screenwriter, and advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable.


1:15 pm to 2:00 pm
House Committee Room 3
Killer Thrillers
with Kevin Couhig and Alexandrea Weis

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


River of Ashes

One of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books in Mysteries & Thrillers, River of Ashes is an Adult Southern Gothic Psychological Thriller that will appeal to fans of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, YOU by Caroline Kepnes, Jennifer McMahon, Darcy Coates, and Shirley Jackson.

“Despite its ghosts and hauntings, this evocative tale presents an all-too-real terror that gets under your skin—and stays.” - Rue Morgue

“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.


River of Wrath

More secrets are about to be uncovered, beginning with the arrival of a handsome stranger, and the discovery of bones long buried beneath the river …

“A deliciously disturbing and addictive series that can only be described as literary crack.” - Booktrib

Leslie Moore is struggling to get through her last semester at St. Benedict High. Even her relationship with her boyfriend Derek is falling apart. But after receding floodwaters from the Bogue Falaya River expose the bones of a woman, Leslie becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer.

Sightings of an apparition haunting The Abbey send Leslie and her friends back to the scene of the horrors from last Halloween, but no one is prepared for what they find.

After a stranger—the handsome Luke Cross—arrives in town, another girl goes missing, and the sheriff suspects the newcomer is hiding something. Leslie believes the Devereaux family is connected to everything going wrong in St. Benedict. And she means to uncover the truth, no matter the cost.

Not all secrets can be kept silent. Some eventually find their way home.


River of Ghosts

After another body is discovered in the Bogue Falaya River, the list of suspects gets longer. It' s only a matter of time before the authorities descend on the sleepy Louisiana town, asking questions Gage Devereaux doesn' t want answered.

Leslie' s determination to unearth more about the Devereaux family takes her on a strange journey to a remote, troubling place. Derek is by her side, but things aren' t the same between them— another has gotten under her skin.

With whispers of a serial killer plaguing the town, the people of St. Benedict demand action. Soon, they will have more than they bargained for as an excavation of the haunted land around The Abbey reveals a sinister secret no one sees coming.

Secrets can't stay buried in a river that always gives up its dead.


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