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River Bodies Northampton County #1

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. 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 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 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 Black Ice Score (Parker, uickly drawn into the case Coming home has brought something omin. Listed as a thriller River Bodies beckoned with all the The Black Painting 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 Fire and Desire 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 The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox 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 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 storyOverall good story and a wonderful writing style with Ms Katchur deftly switching between past and current events slowly revealing bits and pieces The Illusionists until the entire tale is laid out in front of Planet of the Bugs 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

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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. 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 The White Nights of Ramadan unearths old secrets that should have stayed buriedA body just turned The Black Ice Score (Parker, unsolved murder that occurred 20 years earlier in the same town Becca s old friend Parker who is now a detective works to The Black Painting uncover who is behind the deaths Meanwhile Becca confronts old secrets in her and her father s pasts Different viewpoints are Fire and Desire 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

Karen Katchur Õ 6 review

Ous to the surface memories long buried secrets best kept 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. 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 knows 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 Engendering Song 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. The story of a young woman returning to the town where she grew Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide 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 knows 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

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  • River Bodies Northampton County #1
  • Karen Katchur
  • English
  • 16 January 2019
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About the Author: Karen Katchur

Karen Katchur is an award winning suspense novelist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Education She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children



10 thoughts on “River Bodies Northampton County #1

  1. says:

    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 ho

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 d

  4. says:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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 dying Even though she is estranged from him

  5. says:

    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 sl

  6. says:

    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 clichés 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

  7. says:

    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 b

  8. says:

    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 knew and he was a serial cheater and didn't

  9. says:

    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 d

  10. says:

    Secrets that span generations take the forefront in Katchur’s debut River Bodies and nearly 20 years apart de

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