Author: Erica Waters
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Horror, LGBTQ+
Rating: 5 Stars
Natasha’s sister is missing.
Her car was found abandoned on the edge of a local nature preserve known as the Bend, but as the case goes cold, Natasha’s loss turns to burning anger.
She’ll do anything to find answers.
Della’s family has channeled magic from the Bend for generations, providing spells for the desperate. But when Natasha appears on her doorstep, Della knows it will take more than simple potions to help her.
But Della has her own secrets to hide.
Because Della thinks she knows the beast who’s responsible for the disappearance — her own mother, who was turned into a terrible monster by magic gone wrong.
Natasha is angry. Della has little to lose.
They are each other’s only hope.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters is a chilling mix of Young Adult Romance, Mystery, and Horror. The story feels as if it’s wrapped in a cloak of dark, eerie stillness – much like the nature preserve much of the story takes place in. There’s an underlying grittiness, like a raw wound, as you read… the atmosphere of it is chilling. The characters, particularly Della, are well written and believable and don’t feel like the usual idealized teen you’ll find in most young adult books.
As for the more technical aspects of the book, the writing was engaging, flowed well, and lacked any major grammatical or typographic errors. The major aspects of the plot were well hidden right up until the very end – though I’ll admit, I had a sneaking suspicion about who the killer was almost immediately.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and if you enjoy gritty Young Adult Horror books, you’re more than likely going to enjoy this one – particularly if monsters, witches, and murder spark your interest.