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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
A critical surgery at age five changed Nastya’s life forever. Suddenly, she could foresee death and even converse with the dead. People treated her like a pariah ever since she had predicted her best friend’s imminent demise. Working alongside her mother in a funeral home had not improved her prospects, either. Her life reaches another turning point when Daxon Thorn appears at their door, claiming his best friend’s death was not an accident but a murder. Nastya decides to investigate the unusual events with the help of Daxon, and her new acquaintance, Ally. Soon, the trio understands there is more to Cherry Cove than meets the eye. The Things the River Hides, A.N. Sage’s young adult novel, chronicles Nastya’s quest for the truth.
Sage created a perfect setting for her paranormal novel with the misty forests and the toxic red waters of Cherry Cove. The dark, ice-cold environment of the morgue guarded by the twin serpents sent a chill down my spine. The vivid yet cryptic visions foretelling a murky future played with my sanity while the vengeful, displeased ghosts added to the mystery. The desolate landscape perfectly mirrored Nastya’s loneliness and grief. Her incessant musings and innermost desires for companionship made me feel for her. I could understand her overwhelming pull toward Daxon’s charm and Ally’s boisterous personality. The folklore blended with teenage drama to generate a heady concoction. I recommend What the River Hides by A.N. Sage to anyone who loves a young adult novel splashed with paranormal themes.