River Bodies (Northampton County #1) by Karen Katchur


River Bodies (Northampton County #1)
Title : River Bodies (Northampton County #1)
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 302

In this dark, gripping mystery, a brutal murder unearths old secrets that should have stayed buried.A body just turned up in the small town of Portland, Pennsylvania The crime is eerily similar to a twenty year old cold case another victim, brutally murdered, found in the Delaware River Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders, but the locals are on lockdown, revealing nothing.The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley, who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father, runs into Parker, her childhood love As the daughter of the former police chief, Becca s quickly drawn into the case Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface memories long buried, secrets best kept hidden Becca starts questioning all her past relationships, including one with a man who s watched over her for years For the first time, she wonders if he s predator than protector.In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight, the truth could change Becca s life or end it.


River Bodies (Northampton County #1) Reviews


  • James

    I received River Bodies, a new novel written by Karen Katchur coming out in fall 2018, through NetGalley Besides having a gorgeous cover and an interesting title, the premise was intriguing enough for me to say yes when the publisher offered it I m glad I did as it had a wonderful balance of mystery and good old fashioned storytelling.The book is told from the perspective of several different characters across a county on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border Bodies have been found over seve I received River Bodies, a new novel written by Karen Katchur coming out in fall 2018, through NetGalley Besides having a gorgeous cover and an interesting title, the premise was intriguing enough for me to say yes when the publisher offered it I m glad I did as it had a wonderful balance of mystery and good old fashioned storytelling.The book is told from the perspective of several different characters across a county on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border Bodies have been found over several years in the river It s widely known that Scion gang are responsible, but it s not always what it seems Two different chiefs of police, daughters of various members, step families, affairs, and mysterious connections lurk in the background It s quite a puzzle, and you re never sure who is protecting whom.The writing style is strong It is very descriptive but never too much I feel like I know the area well I also lived not too far from it and understand many references, e.g shootings in Easton It s the type of book where I enjoyed the read but didn t care for the characters They were well written, but as people none were appealing given how they talked or what they believed in At the same time, it s a very real part of society and deserves a spotlight It showcases how different experiences and areas to live in shape who we are Surviving is tough when you have less support from those around you Katchur brilliantly shows these aspects and helps you connect with someone you might not normally be around It sounds odd to say it in this way, but it s the best way to describe how I felt while reading the book Example sworn oaths to protect and kill for the sake of the group, an eye for an eye, revenge even if you get caught it happens in reality Kudos to the author and thanks to the publisher for sending the book to me I d definitely read from Katchur and would recommend this book to others

  • Dee Arr

    Listed as a thriller, River Bodies beckoned with all the usual temptations the genre offers I hoped that author Karen Katchur would deliver than the same tired clich s that normally accompany a book about returning to the old home town during a murder investigation.It wasn t the writing style that caused me to lose connection with the book Ms Katchur delivers in this area, serving up a prose that describes as well as illuminates, peppering her words with images that at times felt Listed as a thriller, River Bodies beckoned with all the usual temptations the genre offers I hoped that author Karen Katchur would deliver than the same tired clich s that normally accompany a book about returning to the old home town during a murder investigation.It wasn t the writing style that caused me to lose connection with the book Ms Katchur delivers in this area, serving up a prose that describes as well as illuminates, peppering her words with images that at times felt than real This is her five star element.Rather, it was the inconsistencies in the plot elements that caused questions to form and to drag me out of the book each time one of them appeared Our heroine Becca lives just across the river from her home town, close enough that she can identify minute clothing details of someone standing on the other side While I might be able to accept that she had reasons never to return home even with it being so close , that didn t excuse the fact that while she wouldn t cross the river s bridge, many others living in the town probably would However, no one had seen her for years except for her cousin John, who she met regularly when she spotted him on the other side of the river.The small town of Portland is home to not one, but possibly two decent sized than twenty five motorcycle gangs Possible, but not probable, and with the closest large city hours away, the probability is further reduced There are inconsistencies, but I hesitate to list them all without revealing portions of the plot.Characterizations were good, providing enough background to justify each character s actions Everyone, that is, except for the killer After establishing justification for the most recent killing, the killer s reasoning abruptly changed, and it didn t fit with some of the other important scenes in the book This flaw was large enough to leave me shaking my head during the last part of the story.Overall, good story and a wonderful writing style, with Ms Katchur deftly switching between past and current events, slowly revealing bits and pieces until the entire tale is laid out in front of us Some of the plot elements were ragged, pulling the story down from potential heights of greatness into something that is still better than many of today s offerings Three and a half stars

  • emmabbooks

    Murdery mystery in Northampton County US When Becca was a child a murdered man was found in her local river Now, years later, she is back in her hometown and thinks she has seen something suspicious Could it be linked to the murder that has just been committed, and is that linked to the murder of years ago Becca doesn t trust her boyfriend, so visits her dying estranged father to give herself a chance to think Whilst out in the local woods Becca sees something, which means nothing to her at Murdery mystery in Northampton County US When Becca was a child a murdered man was found in her local river Now, years later, she is back in her hometown and thinks she has seen something suspicious Could it be linked to the murder that has just been committed, and is that linked to the murder of years ago Becca doesn t trust her boyfriend, so visits her dying estranged father to give herself a chance to think Whilst out in the local woods Becca sees something, which means nothing to her at the time but later on niggles at her mind, and brings back long forgotten memories of the past Meanwhile she gets back in contact with her old best friend Parker, who is now investigating the recent murder, and Becca discovers her feelings for Parker are still there Set around Portland, Pennsylvania by the Delaware River there s plenty of interesting themes in this murder mystery, including the local bike gang who seem to run the small town, relationships based on love and others not so positive, and of course the mystery of what happened recently, and whether it is related to what happens all those years ago.3 s from me, as though I enjoyed reading this book, I never really felt involved in the characters and action

  • Hannah Mary McKinnon

    RIVER BODIES is a dark, fast paced, and gripping suspense with characters you won t forget It s filled with old family secrets designed to protect but that instead pull everyone apart A must read

  • Bethany Clark

    Wow, this book pulled me in from the first chapter through to the end.It s a story that brings together both the past and the present with two dead bodies and one killing style that can t be forgotten.A town that is known to live peacefully as much as you can with a gang The Scion s take care of the people and the people stay hush about their business until one day when a young woman returned to town to say goodbye to her ailing father, the retired head of the police department.Memories she Wow, this book pulled me in from the first chapter through to the end.It s a story that brings together both the past and the present with two dead bodies and one killing style that can t be forgotten.A town that is known to live peacefully as much as you can with a gang The Scion s take care of the people and the people stay hush about their business until one day when a young woman returned to town to say goodbye to her ailing father, the retired head of the police department.Memories she didn t recall start coming back little by little Her feelings for Parker begin to become stronger and stronger.Others begin to realize that the story of the morbid past may come to the surface and the Scions can t let that happen.Will Becca be able to save her own life Will Parker be able to get justice for a double murder The answers will all come to light November 1st.This first book was great, I can t wait for the second in the series

  • Nita

    The club The power and control that a certain few have over a small town spreads an insidious evil over the years What small Becca saw as a child leaves an impact of trauma on her and her relationship with her father This story is edgy, creepy and emotional as Becca weaves through memories and the discovery of a new River Body A must read thriller

  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    I devoured this book I started this last night and had it finished by this afternoon The story begins with Becca a veterinarian whose living with her boyfriend who she suspects is cheating and when she over hears him on the phone talking to another woman, she packs up a suitcase and her dog and goes to her childhood home to help with her father whose dying of cancer When Becca was a child a man was found murdered and thrown in the river gutted Her father who was sheriff investigated the case I devoured this book I started this last night and had it finished by this afternoon The story begins with Becca a veterinarian whose living with her boyfriend who she suspects is cheating and when she over hears him on the phone talking to another woman, she packs up a suitcase and her dog and goes to her childhood home to help with her father whose dying of cancer When Becca was a child a man was found murdered and thrown in the river gutted Her father who was sheriff investigated the case While on a run Becca sees something which means nothing at the time but the next morning when a man is found in the river again at the spot Becca was running old memories start to flood back from when she was child and someone from her past wants to keep them from coming back to her The book is set around Portland Pennsylvania by the Delaware river There are many interesting themes in this book which include murder, mystery a local biker gang who it appears to run the town on fear and also the past and present murder mystery that may be connected I give this book five stars

  • Carol Boyer

    The complexities of relationships and the paradox between Good and Evil, are striking in this gripping thriller I was holding my breath, shedding tears, and deeply engrossed till the very last sentence as Karen Katchur s richly developed characters lept off the pages with fear and compassion Long ago hidden secrets were between the alternating chapters of young Becca and the present, layered with the forboding words of her father as she struggled to understand the meaning of his behaviors and The complexities of relationships and the paradox between Good and Evil, are striking in this gripping thriller I was holding my breath, shedding tears, and deeply engrossed till the very last sentence as Karen Katchur s richly developed characters lept off the pages with fear and compassion Long ago hidden secrets were between the alternating chapters of young Becca and the present, layered with the forboding words of her father as she struggled to understand the meaning of his behaviors and his warning Sometimes things that should have been said might better have been left unsaid an uneasy, dark, pervasive sense of danger emerges when an old murder crime is re explored I loved the way Karen Kutcher can take a character and make you feel so many disparate things about them, while wondering what will happen next as the suspense builds with each chapter I loved this book, and think it might just be Karen s best book yet

  • Barbara

    This was my pick for my free Prime first reads or whatever they call it for October Not a great set of choices this month especially with 1 3 of the books being for children Geographically speaking, Becca hasn t strayed far from her childhood home, living just 15 minutes away on the other side of the river Emotionally and familiarly though she s a million miles away It takes catching her long term boyfriend cheating with other women to send her back home to her terminally ill This was my pick for my free Prime first reads or whatever they call it for October Not a great set of choices this month especially with 1 3 of the books being for children Geographically speaking, Becca hasn t strayed far from her childhood home, living just 15 minutes away on the other side of the river Emotionally and familiarly though she s a million miles away It takes catching her long term boyfriend cheating with other women to send her back home to her terminally ill father and his terminally supportive lady friend Becca s been gone so long she can no longer remember why and how she left but her past comes back to haunt her is many different ways.A dead body, eviscerated in the style of a huntsman s kill is found in the river that separates Becca s old and new worlds, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Everybody seems to just know it s somehow related to a similar killing many years before when Becca was still a child Back in Portland, Pennsylvania not everything she left behind comes with bad memories and she s keen to get to know her childhood friend Parker he s male I honestly just don t get why Americans love giving their kids asexual first names that are really surnames who works for the local police department Can she take a friendship forward into something whilst handling the demons of her past and the cheating boyfriend of her present This is a competent but not particularly challenging murder mystery though perhaps the mystery tag is inappropriate since we know whodunnit and we re neither particularly challenged nor particularly enlightened about whyhedunnit The mystery part is perhaps how Becca has buried memories that might have made the reveal even quicker I enjoyed the small town menace of the storyline the biker gang that everybody is scared of and nobody talks about, the open secrets that can t be prosecuted because nobody will tell them, the undermining of law and order in order to keep a strange and strained type of peace It s a fast read lots of quick snappy sentences that keep things moving along at a high pace and relatively simple relationships between people without too much cause for confusion Is it great murder mystery Not really but it s OK and it does the job The past and present passages are well distinguished so that the reader rarely gets muddled about whether they re reading now or then.For me the motivation for the two murders seems a little weak, the involvement of a third party that comes out at the end is a bit forced and not particularly intuitive, and there aren t too many surprises in the final chapters I liked the characters well enough but didn t get the cold shudder of suspense or the surprise of unpredicted outcomes that I associate with the best of this genre And I have to admit I still don t really get the reason the killer was gutting his victims

  • Susan Peterson

    River Bodies is a book that captured my attention from the very first page, not letting it go until I reached the end Compelling and dark, this story took me on a journey filled with suspense and secrets This was also an emotional journey of regret and distrust The setting of the story is so well detailed I felt as if I were on that river with its decaying leaves and soil.it was a setting that created an atmosphere that lent itself to the story A gripping page turner that you won t want t River Bodies is a book that captured my attention from the very first page, not letting it go until I reached the end Compelling and dark, this story took me on a journey filled with suspense and secrets This was also an emotional journey of regret and distrust The setting of the story is so well detailed I felt as if I were on that river with its decaying leaves and soil.it was a setting that created an atmosphere that lent itself to the story A gripping page turner that you won t want to miss