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Karen Katchur Ñ 7 review River Bodies Northampton County #1 characters ß 107 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 know 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 jacket is beautiful

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River Bodies Northampton County #1

Karen Katchur Ñ 7 review River Bodies Northampton County #1 characters ß 107 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

Karen Katchur Ñ 7 review

Karen Katchur Ñ 7 review River Bodies Northampton County #1 characters ß 107 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. 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 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 and evocative 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 words Subtle Layered and EngrossingOverall rating 45

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  • River Bodies Northampton County #1
  • Karen Katchur
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  • 22 January 2017
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