Rface memories long buried secrets best ept hidden Becca starts uestioning 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 protectorRIVER BODIES is an excellent mix a small town murder mystery and a heavy dose of relationships of a diverse natureIt s well written with alternating chapters of Becca s childhood and the things that are happening to her now The suspense is slow and steady and heats up with the she remembers leading to an unsuspected but satisfying endingMany thanks to the author Thomas Mercer Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own 35 stars rounded up to a 4Becca Kingsley has returned to her hometown after being away for ten years although she wasn t too far away she was just across the river When she receives word that her estranged father is dying she returns home mainly for some time away from the troubles in her personal life but also to say goodbye Returning home always brings back memories as does contact with those from our past When Becca returns home she remembers why she has not returned becomes reacuainted with those she left behind and walks into a police investigationA body has washed up a body that reminds the local authorities of a cold case and a victim that was illed in the same manner Becca s father was once the Police Chief and her childhood friend Parker is now the lead detective on the case The murders both past and present open old wounds bring forth memories and uestion loyalties of various characters in the bookI agree with other reviewers who point out that this book is about relationships family dynamics and loyalty than it is a thriller As a reader we now than some of the characters in the book We are shown various POV s that give us insight and tell us what happened Yes there is some mystery here but for me it was about Becca and her relationships with others We also see several other characters such as John and Parker and their relationships with others as wellThis book also examines loyalty The choices people make to protect others A choice a parent might make to protect their child The choice a member of a group may make to protect the group and to show loyalty The loyalty or lack thereof in intimate relationships The book looks at what people do to survive and how turning a blind eye happens in the name of survivalI enjoyed the writing and the descriptions in the book The Author sets the stage for small town life in Pennsylvania near the Delaware river I found the book to be a fast read but it did leave me wanting Maybe I missed something but I do not feel I was given the reason for the first murder If I missed it then that is one me I wanted of the rationale and reasons for why one character did things We do get some explanation and things do make sense but I also feel there were some gaps in the plot There was a couple of characters that I wished had been fleshed out a little The book is dubbed a mystery a suspenseful thriller etc I feel it would do better if it were marked as a character study on relationships If you are looking for a book heavy on mystery and suspense this may let you down a little I did appreciate how the Author showed how Becca remembered some buried memories the mystery in the book was really for her to come to an understanding about her childhood her past why her father made the choices he did and why she grew up to repeat some patterns she witnessed in her youth This is the first book in a series and I believe that the characters will be fleshed out in the next book Overall this was an enjoyable read that although did not have me on the edge of my seat I was intrigued and wanted to see how the book was going to end The Author drew me in with her descriptions and hints at buried secrets I found this book to be on the lighter side For me it was not a heavy book the reader Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet knows whodunit so there is not much need to do any detective work while reading it was nice toick back and enjoy the book For some there might be a scene or two that is a little cringe worthy but otherwise the book dealt with the characters and their secretsThank you to Thomas and Mercer goodreads and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own 5 River Bodies by Karen Katchur was a slow burn of a novel that I didn t consider a mystery or a thriller but I still enjoyed it What it s about Becca Kingsley s dad was the chief of police in Portland Pennsylvania for many years but now he is retired and years but now he is retired and Even though she is estranged from him when she gets the call that he is nearing the end Becca goes home to be with him While she is home a body washes up from the Delaware River and the murder looks a lot like a cold case from years before The lead detective on the case Parker also happens to have been Becca s best friend before she was sent away by her father Old romances burn again and the case for Parker
to solve the murder begins while at the same time buried solve the murder begins while at the same time buried from Becca s past begin to resurface A lot of which have to do with the man John that has been watching her It all sounds very mysterious but you basically already 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) know who theiller is even though you do get a twist thrown at you towards the end I liked the pacing of the book and it was a fast read but I didn t get thriller out of it I was at no point on the edge of my seat while reading this and even the secrets from Becca s past aren t all that shocking I also thought there were some unanswered uestions that bothered me but maybe the author meant to do that since this book is the first of a series River Bodies is also part police procedural as we get the viewpoint of Parker as he is trying to solve the murder and figure out how it ties to the cold case The small town mentality was interesting to read about especially when it came to the biker gang presiding over the town The Scions Townspeople don t want to talk there are dirty cops and there is a general sense of fear over the townspeople I think that Katchur did a really good job at setting the scene and the characters but maybe there were too many viewpoints I really disliked that there wasn t much of a mystery to it when that is what I was expecting Then why did I give it a 45 Because the pacing is uick I read it fast I was fully invested in the story even though I didn t think the mystery was great and the ending has me wanting to read the second book Final Thought I cannot stress enough the fact that I don t think this is a thriller or much of a mystery BUT it ept me interested and I liked the bit of police procedural I also really felt for Becca and teared up at the stuff with her father There is a great story here but I wouldn t go in with any sort of expectations on what ind of book it is
SUPPOSED TO BE I DIDN T READ THE BLURB to be I didn t read the blurb before I read it so I went in with an open mind trying not to set any expectations and I think that worked for me I do have to say that I think Katchur s writing style is very fluid and detailed which really brought the story alive for me There is also a tiny bit of gore but nothing too crazyI received an Advance Review Copy of this book All opinions are my own Check out my A Elevator Ride with Karen Katchur Learn the inspiration behind this standout new thriller series and some fun and interesting facts about the author Thanks to Karen FUN FUN An emotionally resonant tale of fury tragedy guilt and redemption The first in this exciting new series Northampton County A page turning psychologically rich both character and plot driven a gritty multi generational complex suspense thriller of two brutal crimes twenty years apart The past and present connect when a murder investigation with the same MO reconnects old childhood acuaintances and estranged parents while dark family secrets threaten to destroy present lives Talented suspense novelist Karen Katchur return. G the two murders but the locals are on lockdown revealing nothingThe 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 uickly drawn into the case Coming home has brought something omin.
Summary River Bodies Northampton County #1S following The Sisters of Blue Mountain and The Secrets of Lake Road with her latest novel RIVER BODIES Taut prose flawed characters and a dark side that weaves through the lives of the small towns of Northampton County with the introduction of this new bold series The author creates a strong sense of place positioning itself ideally for the setting of this intriguing new series leaving readers anxiously awaiting the next addition An edgy intense deep and darkly compelling psychological suspense whydunit thriller with plenty of attention to detail Katchur skillfully explores the frightening and gut wrenching mental state of each character The journey from past to present the traumas and fears are bringing them to the present nightmare as they confront their monsters Setting Set in the small rural town of Portland Pennsylvania in the autumn season alongside the Delaware River banks with small connecting towns in Northampton County Pennsylvania and the Jersey side CharactersBecca Kingsley was born here the daughter of the controlling and demanding police chief Clint Her childhood does not hold fond memories Becca is now a grown woman age thirty single and living with Matt a patent attorney who is cheating on her She is a runner a veterinarian and the owner of Romy her faithful and much loved German Shepherd Her practice is in Columbia NJ not far from her hometown She has always loved animals They were of comfort to her during her turbulent childhood a demanding father a womanizer and never faithful to her mom which he drove away Years ago a scared child she stumbled upon something that frightened her She happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time She tried to tell her dad but he instructed her never to speak of this again She carried this secret and buried it deep in her mind Did her father send her away to protect her from harm She did not Your Everyday Art World know why She never understood Her mom and dad separated Now her dad is dying They are estranged Her mom thinks she should visit him before he passes Could her dad hold the secret to the murder long ago and the one in the present John Jackson very complicated was older than her by fifteen years He had been a part of her childhood John s dad Russell was a stepbrother to her dad Clint John had a troubled youth as well He is a hunter His dad was part of a motorcycle club gang called the Scions His dad had no patience for mistakes and no tolerance for the cowardly John had no children and his late wife Beth died of cancer three years earlier Two stepbrothers on different sides of the law John had taken an oath to the club twenty years ago and if there was one rule he lived by the rule his old man Russell had drilled into him ever since he was a small boy It was that he put the club before himself always even if it meant giving his life Now John answers to his father s buddy Hap John is a product of his environment Could he have been a different person without his father s influenceDetective Parker Reed is a State Police homicide investigator who works cases throughout Northampton County He is from Portland and he and Becca were childhood sweethearts Now in charge of the current case and recalls the twenty year old case from previous years when he was a child Will he be able to solve the crime before there is collateral damage The Crime Twenty years ago there was an unsolved murder of a man When the man s body is pulled from the Delaware River he had been shot gutted and field dressed as a deer Now there is a similar murder Could it possibly the same murderer A copycat What is the motive Becca John Parker and Clint are connected to the murder How The past refuses to remain buried The Present Becca has been summoned to her hometown Her dad is dying He has a lady friend Jackie Becca swore she would never return She had never understood her father s reasons for doing the things he had done Her father did not like John nor did he get along with John s father Russell his stepbrother Filled with dread and fear when she returns she happens to be a part of the new crime once again Will the new crime bring back the memories she hasept hidden for years and reopen old wounds Could she be in danger Does she now too much Why was this brutal murder so violent What would make a person skin a human as an animal Do humans repeat learned behaviorMetaphorsThere is much to love here Karen takes us below the surface of the human psyche Good versus evil With literary prose there is a constant pull between fear danger protection and love Water the river the woods and nature can be beautiful but at the same time it can be dangerous as with animals and humans we find here Topics and Themes A twisty unsettling yet captivating thriller explores the relationships between fathers and daughters and fathers and sons Highly charged topics psychological repressed memories secrets fear parents effect on a child s behavior as well and marital relationships infidelity narcissism violence forgiveness fear control protection old loves love of animals betrayal friendship love loss cancer and grief plus Whydunit versus Whodunit As with all her books the author skillfully explores powerful complex and high charged topics and emotions The intricacies of parent child relationships and family dynamics I enjoy the *intriguing tie in with animals nature and the rich settings in her books as well as the whydunit versus * tie in with animals nature and the rich settings in her books as well as the whydunit versus whodunit A type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime but what were their motives for committing it I love her book covers and her een sense of place with her bold and alluring settings that draw you inFor Fans of For those fans of true crime families are torn apart by secrets of the past Why This is the ongoing uestion and the focus of RIVER BODIES The author delivers a complex and gripping standout thriller Written from different points of view and time periods readers will be glued to the pages anxiously awaiting the next in this riveting seriesPerfect for crime fans of Lisa Gardner Karin Slaughter Harlan Coben Gilly MacMillan and Lisa Unger with a mix of emotional domestic suspenseliterary of Heather Gudenkauf Mary Kubica Randall Silvis Diane Chamberlain and T GreenwoodRIVER BODIES is prime for the big or small screen fingers crossed Gripping unsettling and atmospheric Highly Recommend Katchur has outdone herself and River Bodies is her best yet The author nows
how to write gripping suspense while also delving deep into herto write gripping suspense while also delving deep into her minds and the darker parts of the human psyche drawing on her background in criminal justice A dark and twisted well researched multi generational tale with a meticulously woven plot multi layered complex characters with psychological depth A must read new series An ideal selection for book clubs and further discussions 5 Stars Top Books of 2018 list Inspiration One of my favorite interviews Join me Nov 1 A A with Karen Katchur The inspiration behind the novel Ten Facts about RIVER BODIES An Elevator Ride with Fun Facts about the Author A uick teaser from the author much to come When I was a young girl I remember hearing about a man s body that was pulled from the river He was gutted like one would field dress a deer I wanted to now why Why this type of crime Why this specific injury My inspiration for the story came from a mix of curiosity and fear Readers you are in for a treat Cold Bones 2 Northampton County is coming 2019 with from Detective Parker Reed and his new partner Geena Brassard Looking forward to learning about his past Cannot waitIf you have not read Karen s previous books highly recommend Read my reviews here THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN 2017 THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD 2015 JDCMustReadBooksHighly recommend the hardcover The SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN 2017 THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD 2015 JDCMustReadBooksHighly recommend the hardcover The is beautiful Secrets that span generations take the forefront in Katchur s debut River Bodies and nearly 20 years apart dead bodies are found with alarming similarities In a town where motorcycle gangs have police on their payroll and the lines are seemingly blurred between the good Ous to the surface memories long buried secrets best ept hidden Becca starts uestioning 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 protectorIn a small town where darkness hides in plain sight the truth could change Becca's life or end.
Becca returns to her hometown of Portland Pennsylvania to be with her dying father Becca has been living just across the river in New Jersey but hasn t been back to Portland to visit her father or old friends for 10 years Her arrival in town coincides with a murder that is very similar to an unsolved murder that occurred 20 years earlier in the same town Becca s old friend Parker who is now a detective works to uncover who is behind the deaths Meanwhile Becca confronts old secrets in her and her father s pasts Different viewpoints are used to tell the story but Becca is the main character and most of the story revolves around her Becca is in a relationship with a man she has doubts about she is estranged from her father and she misses her old best friend Parker Becca s father is on his deathbed but he was once the police chief in Portland The law enforcement in town has a delicate relationship with the town biker gang the Scions When Becca s father was police chief his stepbrother was the leader of the Scions The stepbrother is now deceased and there is a new police chief but old loyalties still remain though some secrets are difficult to contain This is a mystery because of the murders but it s also a story about relationships The descriptions of the area the people and the lifestyles are very well done The characters are not particularly likable but they are real While the story does not have a lot of action the various relationships between the characters is gripping This was my pick for s First Reads in October 2018 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 investigationIt 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 elementRather it was the inconsistencies in the plot elements that caused uestions 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 riverThe 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 plotCharacterizations were good providing enough background to justify each character s actions Everyone that is except for the iller After establishing justification for the most recent Asperger - Leben in zwei Welten : Betroffene berichten: das hilft mir in Beruf, Partnerschaft Alltag killing theiller 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 storyOverall 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 The story of a young woman returning to the town where she grew up to spend time with her dying father and who is forced to return to the deep dug memories is well conceived and easy to follow A murder is committed which resembles a similar one that happened when Becca was a child and now she has to identify the true nature of a person she considered to be her protector Apart from the plot I enjoyed reading about Portland a small town where loyalty goes first The Author nows how to depict the atmosphere of such places For me it was not a page turner however I do not regret time spent reading this titleMany thanks to Karen Katchur Thomas Mercer and Netgalley for providing me with ARC in exchange foe my honest review I
Received River Bodies A New Novel Written By Karen KatchurRiver Bodies a new novel written by Karen Katchur 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 storytellingThe 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 nown 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 uite a puzzle and you re never sure who is protecting whomThe writing style is strong It is very descriptive but never too much I feel like I Venous Catheters know the area well I also lived not too far from it and understand many references eg 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 andill for the sake of the group an eye for an eye revenge even if you get caught it happens in realityKudos 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 *book to Sometimes it s nice to mix things up within a genre so many times I m craving a fast paced and exciting thriller with twists and turns galore and then other times I m in the mood for a really well written slow burn and River Bodies fits the bill perfectly It s funny because the pacing itself wasn t even slow at all but the writing style and the way the story unfolded was subdued so it was almost a mix between the two Either way it worked well for me and was an intriguing readThis was character driven and really focused on the relationship between Becca and her estranged father but also between Becca and her longtime boyfriend as well Besides Becca you also hear from Parker giving it a subtle police procedural vibe and then John a local outlaw who is part of a biker gang All three were complicated and interesting and I just saw on Goo 45 StarsBecca Kingsley returns to her hometown after many years Her father who was once Police Chief is dying She has mixed feelings about her father he wasn t always the nicest person she new and he was a serial cheater and didn t much care who newBecca s been living with Matt for 5 years and like her father he is a serial cheater Becca takes this opportunity to spend whatever time she can with her father and think about her relationship with MattJust to muddy things even further Parker Reed is now a Homicide Detective and Becca s first love when they were teenagersThrow in a recent murder that is eerily exactly like that of another murder 20 years ago and somehow all things point to things that Becca might now Coming home has brought something menacing to the su. In this dark gripping mystery a brutal murder unearths old secrets that should have stayed buriedA 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 connectin.