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Dead River

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  538 ratings  ·  98 reviews
My friends and I are spending prom weekend at a remote wooded cabin on the Dead. The Dead River. 

I thought it was going to be just us.

I was wrong. 

Nothing is what it seems in this creepy paranormal thriller by Cyn Balog.
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Delacorte
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, one-dayer
This book was... interesting. It was short so things happened fast but I think I liked it?
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
CONTENT WARNING: Suicide and suicidal attempts. Grief. Drowning. Murder. I'd forgot this was paranormal, and went in expecting a contemporary thriller. A teen girl hates camping and the outdoors, yet still agrees to on a white water rafting weekend with her boyfriend, her best friend, and a tag-along. It does not go well. She falls out, drowns, but is rescued by a guy who's...a ghost or something. And there's this other ghost, and it's all very confusing and nonsensical. But the only way the gir ...more
Ashley Granger
The first thing you will want to know about Dead River is the protagonist’s name. I don’t know if I missed it, but everyone refers to her as “Ki” and it was driving me insane not knowing what her full name was. It’s Kiandra. Now for the storyline: Kiandra, her long-term boyfriend Justin, her best friend and cousin Angela, and some annoying guy Hugo all go to Angela’s family’s cabin at Dead River to go rafting. Kiandra has to lie to her father in order to go as he hates her being anywhere near wa ...more
When Ki was 7 her mother committed suicide by walking into a river. Since then her father has kept her away from rivers, lakes, oceans and pools. Basically all bodies of water. Ki doesn't complain because when she is near a river she is haunted by souls of those who died tragically. She thinks she can control her visions when she decides to go rafting down the Dead River. But the Dead river has many secrets and wants Ki as well.

Horribly written book. It is painfully slow and Ki is not a charact
Dec 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
pre-read: the cover for this book is just embarrassing, but I’ll still read it
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, ya
Spooky and atmospheric. Definitely spine-tingling.
While there were some things I really liked about this book, there are unfortunately as many things that I don't like. That makes reviewing a little tough, so here goes.
The main character, Kiandra's, motivation seems to be all over the place. First, it is all about how scared she is of the river, how she hears voices near the river, how she doesn't want to go rafting, but is doing it anyway because it makes her boyfriend happy(she wanted to go to
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Review written for WASHYARG:

Ever since Ki’s mother walked into a river and committed suicide, her father has been incredibly over-protective. All kinds of water (rivers, lakes, even swimming pools) are just off limits to Ki, which is why she’s incredibly nervous that her boyfriend, Justin, and best friend, Angela, have decided to go white-water rafting on the Dead River instead of going to prom. Ki’s not really an outdoorsy girl anyway, so when she starts having visions of strange people no-one
Sarah Whisted
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book had a richly dark theme that I thoroughly enjoyed. It read the way a really well done Sundance thriller film plays out and for that I loved it. Imagery like a little girl in a pink party dress whose mouth spews a constant flow of mud is disturbingly beautiful to me and, as I'm currently writing a thriller myself, inspiring as well.

If I have one complaint, it's that I wish the story was a little longer. Typically Cyn's ability to write such a great story in so few pages is something I
Emma Lohman
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Congratulations on creating the most boring paranormal thriller in existence.

The book was slow-paced, lacked definition (and pretty much anything that qualified it as a "thriller"), and had barely any explanation to it.
The cover. When it comes to technology, I have two left hands, but I think I could Photoshop a better cover than that.
I actually had to look back in the book to remember what the main character's name was. I don't think they described her face.
Dani Shuping
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-amazon
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I mean it has such an interesting and different premise, of a young woman that sees visions of dead people anytime she gets close to moving water (like a river), her mother died in a river, and her dad never lets her near a river. And ok the staying in a cabin in the woods, on a river named the Dead River, sounds like a great horror movie setup. But I was extremely disappointed in this book. (Minor spoilers, but nothing earth shattering)

First of all the
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

Review: Creepy, raw and terrifying. A ghost story that winds you through a ghostly tale of destiny and fighting for where you belong.

Spending a weekend rafting on the Dead River, instead of prom, leaves Kiandra with more to worry about than just hiding the trip’s whereabouts from her father. Convincing herself this is just the weekend getaway she needs, ends up turning fatally wrong.

Kiandra has spent her life trying not to think about what goes through a person’s mind before they plunge themse
E. Anderson
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
What's not to love about a good, old-fashioned ghost story? DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog is certainly spooky, with a protagonist seeing ghosts (and not sure if she might be crazy). But there's a lot more to DEAD RIVER than meets the eye.

On prom weekend, Kiandra, her best friend, and their two dates are going camping instead. If Ki had her way, she'd have a pink dress and a corsage and that magical dance, but she loves her long-time boyfriend and he loves white water rafting. Her dad has always kept h
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The cover of Dead River looks freaking awesome! I am a huge fan of ghostly things and in reading the synopsis, I couldn't wait to read it. What I found wasn't exactly what I expected but nonetheless, it was a good read. This is the first book that I've read by Cyn Balog and I'm looking forward to reading more by her.

Having to sneak off from her overprotected father to spend time with her boyfriend Justin and BFF Angela, Kiandra can't wait to get away. What she finds on this trip ends up being i
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
This wasn't the book that I thought I would be reading, but it was written so beautifully, and everything was brought to life that I didn't mind. It was told from first person POV which I love, but Cyn Balog can write really well in first person. Ki's voice felt genuine and real, and she never said more than what needed to be said. Sometimes you get a writer who rambles in the first person which can be annoying. I felt everything wrapped up nicely so another book is not necessary to fee
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this up, thinking it would be a horror novel. And in some ways it was. The creepy imagery is great (Pink dress girl is my favorite), and I loved the fear of the water in the main character, and the reasons for it. Balog's descriptions are fantastic and really draw you in.

It did not, however, end up where I thought it might. The twist was interesting, and it worked. I do wish there had been more explanation of some things, though.

Definitely liked the characters, and enjoyed the story.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am only giving this book two stars because of the cool cover art. However, I couldn't force myself to continue reading another page. The main character was annoying and her friends were predictable cliches of every bad horror movie.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yes, it was a bit predictable, and the author gave the book an oddly happy ending, but I really enjoyed reading the book and thought it had some genuinely creepy moments.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Ugh. This book had such potential but it fell completely flat.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Kate Prince
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Interesting idea, badly delivered.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I haven't read any YA paranormal in about a year so Dead River was quite refreshing for me. Having read some of Cyn's work before I kind of knew what I was going into. I love how her books are indepth and you get a real feel for the characters.

Dead River is a great little story. I read this in 1 sitting and it kept me captivated in a way that I didn't get a lot else done. Books like that I really love even in my family doesn't!! The story has enough of a flow that it keeps its self moving but th
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story I chose for the month of December was Dead River by Cyn Balog. The main character, Ki, goes on a trip with a group of friends to Dead River. Her dad has always been overprotective, so obviously she lies about her trip. You see, her mother drowned when Ki was just a little girl. So, obviously, she’s always been wary of any water. Her boyfriend, Justin, talks her into this trip; which would also cause her to miss prom. She wanted to go so badly, but as usual kept quiet. Once there she al ...more
Wren [t(he)y]
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Review to come
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I go by Character, Plot, and then Author's style in my reviews.

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I'm giving this one four stars, because there were parts of the story that I simply didn't get at times. Like the fireballs in the forest near the end, and some of the scenes were rather jarring and disjointed, which may have been a style choice on Balog's part. But they threw me for a loop and made me pause in my reading more often than I would have liked.

I also think the story is pitched incorrectly, or cou
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was enjoying it until page 170 then all of a sudden the main character decided to have a personality change. She flipped flopped on one of the most important decision in the universe and it just frustrated me.
Tiffany Holme
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Typical Cyn Balog style this was a quick read but the difference this time there was a dark and down right creepy feeling that lurked within the pages. Playing out like a horror movie that you may try and predict what is just around the corner and yet still be surprised by the moment it comes to life or death. When starting this read I was prepared for some odd happenings but Balog created things that don`t just go bump in the night, they haunt you during the day and remind you why to run when ...more
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Ki, her boyfriend Justin, her cousin Angela, and Angela’s friend (or whatever) Hugo go to Angela’s cabin for a weekend of rafting on the Dead River. Ki lied to her overprotective father in order to come to this trip. One she didn’t even want to go on in the first place because A.) she wanted to go to prom instead. Justin didn’t want to, preferring to go rafting. And since Angela is also outdoorsy, Ki apparently didn’t have any other choice but to go. Seriously? Jus
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kiandra gaat samen met haar vriendje, haar nicht Angela en een irritante vriend genaamd Hugo naar een huisje van Angela waar ze bij de Dead River gaan raften. De moeder van Kiandra heeft zelfmoord gepleegd door te verdrinken in een rivier toen Kiandra zeven jaar oud was. Sindsdien probeerde haar vader haar telkens van het water vandaan te houden. Kiandra gaat mee met de vakantie dichtbij een rivier en al snel merkt ze dat er iets niet in de haak is. Ze krijgt allemaal vage beelden binnen van men ...more
I had a love hate relationship with this book. Sometimes I liked it, sometimes I hated it. I thought it would be just a ghost story and nothing more. I was so wrong. Dead River is a unique supernatural tale. I was surprised by it. In the beginning, I was a bit smug expecting this to be a ghost story where people are just picked off quickly. Silly me. It was better than that.

The good:
It was so unique: I've read a lot of supernatural stories. It's gotten so bad that most of the time I can predict
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Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola
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