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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. 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 spredator than protector.In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight, the truth could change Becca s life or end it. ➱ [Read] ➬ Poltergeist (Greywalker, By Kat Richardson ➼ – Lavons.co.uk gripping mystery [Read] ➵ OBaby ➲ Geoffrey Johnson – Lavons.co.uk a brutal murder unearths old secrets that should have stayed buried.A body just turned up in the small town of Portland [EPUB] ✰ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Author Pamela Clare – Lavons.co.uk Pennsylvania The crime is eerily similar to a twenty year old cold case another victim [Reading] ➷ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada – Lavons.co.uk brutally murdered [Reading] ➶ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Lavons.co.uk found in the Delaware River Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders [Ebook] ➧ The Good Daughter By Karin Slaughter – Lavons.co.uk but the locals are on lockdown ➹ [Read] ➵ Crysis By Peter Watts ➼ – Lavons.co.uk revealing nothing.The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley ➶ Fractured (Will Trent, Free ➬ Author Karin Slaughter – Lavons.co.uk who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father ❴Read❵ ➯ Ghost Author Fred Burton – Lavons.co.uk runs into Parker ❴EPUB❵ ✰ Nerve Author Dick Francis – Lavons.co.uk her childhood love As the daughter of the former police chief ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Cinco Dias de Vida Author Julie Lawson Timmer – Lavons.co.uk Becca s quickly drawn into the case Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface memories long buried [Epub] ➛ Backstage Author Nikki Turner – Lavons.co.uk secrets best kept hidden Becca starts questioning all her past relationships ❂ [EPUB] ✺ Bodily Harm By Margaret Atwood ➛ – Lavons.co.uk including one with a man who s watched over her for years For the first time [Reading] ➿ Shadow Land Author Peter Straub – Lavons.co.uk she wonders if he spredator than protector.In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight [Reading] ➷ Beauty ➭ Lisa Daily – Lavons.co.uk the truth could change Becca s life or end it. 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. 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, 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 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 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 questions 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 4 5 Because the pacing is quick, 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 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 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 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 crazy.I received an Advance Review Copy of this book All opinions are my own. 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 read.This 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 summer I 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 way.River Bodies in three words Subtle, Layered and Engrossing.Overall rating 4 5 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. 4.5 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 knew.Becca 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 Matt.Just to muddy things even further, Parker Reed, is now a Homicide Detective and Becca s first love when they were teenagers.Throw 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 know Coming home has brought something menacing 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.RIVER BODIES is an excellent mix a small town murder mystery and a heavy dose of relationships of a diverse nature.It 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 ending.Many thanks to the author Thomas Mercer Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. Happy Pub Day Check out my QA Elevator Ride with Karen Katchur Learn the inspiration behind this standout new thriller series and some fun and interesting facts about the author Thanks 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 acquaintances 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 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 Characters Becca Kingsley was born here, the daughter of the controlling and demanding police chief, Clint Her childhood does not hold fond memories Becca now is 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 influence Detective 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 once again be a part of the new crime 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 behavior MetaphorsThere is much to love here Karen takes us below the surface of the human psyche Good versus evil With literary prose, there is the 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 which draw you in.For Fans of For those fans of true crime, families are torn apart by secrets of the past Why This is the ongoing question 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 series.Perfect for crime fans of Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Gilly MacMillan, and Lisa Unger with a mix of emotional domestic suspense literary of Heather Gudenkauf, Mary Kubica, Randall Silvis, Diane Chamberlain, and T Greenwood.RIVER BODIES is prime for the big or small screen fingers crossed Engrossing, 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 QA with Karen Katchur The inspiration behind the novel Ten Facts about RIVER BODIES An Elevator Ride with Fun Facts about the Author A quick 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 wait If 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 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 title Many thanks to Karen Katchur, Thomas Mercer and Netgalley for providing me with ARC in exchange foe my honest review. 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 enjoy 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.