[Pdf] River Bodies Northampton County #1 BY Karen Katchur
Ck I read it fast I was fully invested in the story ven though I didn t think the mystery was great and the Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival ending has me wanting to read the second book Final Thought I cannot stressnough the fact that I don t think this is a thriller or much of a mystery BUT it kept 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 Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, expectations on what kind of book it is supposed to be I didn t read the blurb again before I read it so I went in with an open mind trying not to set anyxpectations 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 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 The Fix 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 isstranged 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 nforcement 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 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 nough 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 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 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 know the area well I also lived not too far from it and understand many references g shootings in Easton It s the type of book where I njoyed 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 Desire in Seven Voices 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 anye for an ye revenge ven 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 others 35 stars rounded up to a 4Becca Kingsley has returned to her hometown after being away for years although she wasn t too far she was just across the river When she receives word that her stranged 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 killed 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 know 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 xamines 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 ye happens in the name of survivalI njoyed the writing and the descriptions in the book The blind ye happens in the name of survivalI njoyed the writing and the descriptions in the book The 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 xplanation 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 tc 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 njoyable read that although did not have me on the dge of my seat I was intrigued and wanted to see how the book was going to nd 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 knows whodunit so there is not much need to do
any detective work while reading it was nice to kick back detective work while reading it was nice to kick back njoy 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 xchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions xpressed in this review are my own. 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 nd. .
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 guys and the bad guys lies Becca the daughter of the former police chief who has returned home to spend the final days of her father s life with him For fans of Allen Eskens those who njoy a slow burn with a lot of character development over action and old secrets coming to light this one is the book for you I received an advance copy All opinions are my own 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 Conflict in Blood 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 Injoyed 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 xchange foe my honest review 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 much care who knewBecca 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 ven further Parker Reed is now a Homicide Detective and Becca s first love when they were teenagersThrow in a recent murder that is The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant eerilyxactly like that of another murder 20 years ago and somehow all things point to things that Becca might know Coming home has brought something menacing 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 protectorRIVER BODIES is an xcellent 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 ndingMany thanks to the author Thomas Mercer Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction Opinions Logic, Labels, And Flesh expressed here are unbiased andntirely 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 Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design emotionally resonant tale of fury tragedy guilt and redemption The first in thisxciting 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 The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths estranged parents while dark family secrets threaten to destroy present lives Talented suspense novelist Karen Katchur returns 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 Andgy intense deep and darkly compelling psychological suspense whydunit thriller with plenty of attention to detail Katchur skillfully Modeling and Analysis of Communicating Systems explores the frightening and gut wrenching mental state ofach 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 thesmall rural town of Portland Pennsylvania in the autumn season alongside the 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 "with Matt 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 know why She never understood Her mom and dad separated Now her dad is dying They are Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice 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 yearsarlier 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 The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth ever since he was a small boy It was that he put the club before himself alwaysven if it meant giving his life Now John answers to his father s buddy Hap John is a product of his nvironment 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 has kept hidden for years and reopen old wounds Could she be in danger Does she know 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 vil With literary prose there is a co. 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 erily 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.
SUMMARY River Bodies Northampton County #1Nstant 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 xplores the relationships between fathers and daughters and fathers and sons Highly charged topics psychological repressed memories secrets fear parents Personlighetspsykiatri 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 skillfullyxplores powerful complex and high charged topics and Audiology emotions The intricacies of parent child relationships and family dynamics Injoy the intriguing tie in with animals nature and the rich settings in her books as well as the whydunit versus the 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 keen 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 motional 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 knows how to write gripping suspense while also delving deep into her characters 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 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 lementRather it was the inconsistencies in the plot Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity elements that caused uestions to form and to drag me out of the bookach time one of them appeared Our heroine Becca lives just across the river from her home town close nough 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 ven with it being so close that didn t Learning Unreal® Engine iOS Game Development 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 yearsxcept 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 Strange Visitors enough background to justifyach character s actions Everyone that is xcept for the killer After stablishing 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 nough 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 vents slowly revealing bits
And Pieces Until The Entirepieces until the ntire is laid out in front of us Some of the plot lements 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 Sometimes it s nice to mix things up within a genre so many times I m craving a fast paced and The Governess Club: Bonnie 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 tven 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 The Go Girl Guide: Surviving the mating frenzy with savvy, soul and style 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 Goodreads that this is the first book in a new series with the next installment set to be released next summerI m a sucker for old cases and new ones colliding and there was plenty of that here Throw in some fantastic andvocative writing and a tricky mystery and I was all in Recommended for those looking for a rich character driven story with a great setting and a few surprises along the wayRiver
"bodies in three "in three Subtle Layered and EngrossingOverall rating 45 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 njoyed 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 stranged from him when she gets the call that he is nearing the Love Wins: Teen Edition 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 memories 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 know who the killer isven though you do get a twist thrown at you towards the The Go Girl Guide 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 thedge of my seat while reading this and A Cezanne in the Hedge and Other Memories of Charleston and Bloomsbury 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 aboutspecially 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 Life's Splendid Drama: Evolutionary Biology and the Reconstruction of Life's Ancestry, 1860-1940 expecting Then why did I give it a 45 Because the pacing is ui. 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 herstranged 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.