River Bodies (Northampton County #1) by Karen Katchur

River Bodies (Northampton County #1)

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 Kin...

Details River Bodies (Northampton County #1)

TitleRiver Bodies (Northampton County #1)
Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Novels, Murder Mystery, Contemporary

Reviews River Bodies (Northampton County #1)

  • James
    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 N...
  • Dee Arr
    Listed as a thriller, “River Bodies” beckoned with all the usual temptations the genre offers. I hoped that author Karen Katchur would deliver more than the same tired clichés 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,...
  • Darinda
    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...
  • Judy Collins
    Happy Pub Day! 🎂🎉Check out my Q&A Elevator Ride with Author 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-gener...
  • Amy
    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 more subdued so it was almost a mix between the two. Either wa...
  • emmabbooks
    Murdery mystery in Northampton County (US)When Becca was a child a murdered man was found in her local river. Now, years later, she is back in her hometown and thinks she has seen something suspicious. Could it be linked to the murder that has just been committed, and is that linked to the murder of years ago? Becca doesn't trust her boyfriend, so visits her dying estranged father to give herself a chance to think. Whilst out in the local woods B...
  • Hannah Mary McKinnon
    RIVER BODIES is a dark, fast-paced, and gripping suspense with characters you won’t forget. It’s filled with old family secrets designed to protect but that instead pull everyone apart. A must read!
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    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 E...
  • Christina McDonald
    River Bodies is a compelling and dark mystery that shifts from a present day murder to one that happened 20 years ago. The setting is vivid and evocative, the forest and the river lending a fantastic atmosphere to the story.When Becca catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she returns home to take care of her terminally ill father, whom she’s been estranged from since he sent her away when she was young. While she’s taking care of her father,...
  • Bethany Clark
    Wow, this book pulled me in from the first chapter through to the end.It's a story that brings together both the past and the present with two dead bodies and one killing style that can't be forgotten.A town that is known to live peacefully (as much as you can) with a gang. The Scion's take care of the people and the people stay hush about their business until one day when a young woman returned to town to say goodbye to her ailing father, the re...
  • Nita
    The club. The power and control that a certain few have over a small town spreads an insidious evil over the years. What small Becca saw as a child leaves an impact of trauma on her and her relationship with her father. This story is edgy, creepy and emotional as Becca weaves through memories and the discovery of a new River Body. A must read thriller!
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    I devoured this book I started this last night and had it finished by this afternoon!! The story begins with Becca a veterinarian whose living with her boyfriend who she suspects is cheating and when she over hears him on the phone talking to another woman, she packs up a suitcase and her dog and goes to her childhood home to help with her father whose dying of cancer. When Becca was a child a man was found murdered and thrown in the river gutted...
  • Barbara
    This was my pick for my free Amazon Prime 'first reads' (or whatever they call it) for October. Not a great set of choices this month - especially with 1/3 of the books being for children. Geographically speaking, Becca hasn’t strayed far from her childhood home, living just 15 minutes away on the other side of the river. Emotionally and familiarly though she’s a million miles away. It takes catching her long term boyfriend cheating with othe...
  • Carol Boyer
    The complexities of relationships and the paradox between Good and Evil, are striking in this gripping thriller. I was holding my breath, shedding tears, and deeply engrossed till the very last sentence as Karen Katchur's richly developed characters lept off the pages with fear and compassion. Long ago hidden secrets were between the alternating chapters of young Becca and the present, layered with the forboding words of her father as she struggl...
  • Susan Peterson
    River Bodies is a book that captured my attention from the very first page, not letting it go until I reached the end. Compelling and dark, this story took me on a journey filled with suspense and secrets. This was also an emotional journey of regret and distrust. The setting of the story is so well-detailed I felt as if I were on that river with its decaying leaves and soil....it was a setting that created an atmosphere that lent itself to the s...
  • Seth
    Well, I have a hard time saying anything positive about this story as I feel like this whole book has been plagiarized from the great TV show “Sons of Anarchy.” Basically every character is from the TV show with different names. It is completely appalling that this has been allowed to happen. I will list all the things stolen from the TV show. 1. Father figure who was lead member of Motorcycle club (MC) 2. Son who is reluctant to take fathers...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    The tale started out slowly for me, and I almost set it down. Becca Kingsley lives on the New Jersey side of the river with her boyfriend just minutes from the animal clinic where she works as a veterinarian. As she makes her morning run along the river, she feels as if someone is watching her. It’s a man she knew as a child. He often watches her, but today he is down by the river and something looks strange. Becca has other things on her mi...
  • Alysse Dale
    The book was a quick easy read, but there were so many plot holes that I got to be painful. I was disappointed at the underdevelopment of characters and motives.
  • Ellen
    I am going to be honest here, the gorgeous Fall cover for River Bodies, immediately grabbed my attention. The cool nights and turning leaves has shifted my reading mood toward mysteries and thrillers - so between this and the beautiful cover I immediately picked up this book.I found River Bodies to be a well paced mystery shifting from a present day murder to one 20 years before. The main characters and their roles pulled me in and kept me flying...
  • Carla Suto
    RIVER BODIES by Karen Katchur is a dark, compelling suspense novel that held my attention from beginning to end. The story is told from the perspectives of several characters who are involved with two murders that occurred twenty years apart, but that share the same grisly details. Going back and forth between the past and present, it is filled with dark family secrets, small-town connections and memories that keep everyone on edge. No one is sur...
  • Angie
    To begin with this book seemed like it would be a good murder mystery but I have to say as it went on I just didn't really get it. The motivation for the murders was never really established, the murderer was known throughout most of the book but the weird relationship between him and Becca was never really delved into properly. I just finished the book feeling completely underwhelmed and at a bit of a loss as to what it was actually all about. B...
  • Mobeme53 Branson
    UnbelievableThis plot was so far fetched that I laughed out loud; that's not a compliment. The story had holes you could drive a truck through and the writing was way over the top sliding quickly into melodrama. It was free from Amazon and overpriced at that.
  • Kailey C
    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy of this book.3/5 stars.I enjoyed this book, but I have a few thoughts. This one was all over the place for me.-This was definitely a slow burn, it seemed to be more character driven as opposed to plot driven – the front cover says “a thriller” but I wouldn’t really agree with that.-The current murder is compared to a case from 20ish years ago, but you know who the killer is from the be...
  • Barbara Turkdal
    No Spoilers here!I HAD to read this book when I learned the location was Portland, PA! Not only did I grow up in Portland, I was the youngest and first female mayor of the borough. So... I bought the book and started to read. Honest opinion? Here goes: The story line was fine, interesting and filled with the possibility of differing directions to be taken by the main characters. The book held me fast until I finished it. The characters were skill...
  • Emily Ross
    I loved this suspenseful page-turner that is also the moving story of a young woman dealing with her troubled relationship with her father and trauma in her past. The writing is terse and insightful and beautifully captures the small Pennsylvania town, where everyone knows how to hunt and and dark secrets fester. Becca, the main character, is not your typical heroine. She's a runner, an animal lover, and a veterinarian who knows how to fish and h...
  • Gretchen
    This story was a slow burn, moving back and forth from twenty years in the past to the present of Becca's life. It's the story of two murders twenty years apart. It's not so much a whodunnit, because you are told that. It's more of a how does it affect others, instead. The current murder brings up long hidden memories from Becca's past as her father, the former police chief, lies dying. As the story plays out, Becca's life changes drastically. Th...
  • Gretchen
    This story was a slow burn, moving back and forth from twenty years in the past to the present of Becca's life. It's the story of two murders twenty years apart. It's not so much a whodunnit, because you are told that. It's more of a how does it affect others, instead. The current murder brings up long hidden memories from Becca's past as her father, the former police chief, lies dying. As the story plays out, Becca's life changes drastically. Th...
  • Zinaida
    This was the "Thriller" selection for Amazon's October First Reads books. I'm not quite sure when the thrill was supposed to set in. This book is about a motorcycle gang, the daughter of a police chief, corruption, murders and yet it was predictable and a bit boring. There was no mystery as to who committed the murders and the characters were bland. The plot had promise, as all plots with repressed memories do but this one fell short.
  • Erica Robyn
    River Bodies by Karen Katchur is a totally engrossing read that I struggled to put down.If you enjoy lighter thrillers with a heavy focus on characters and their relationships, and just a dash of gore, then this is one that you definitely have to pick up!Full disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.So first things first... THAT COVER!! I'm obsessed. I hope they don'...
  • Bambi Rathman
    Suspenseful, thrilling, fast paced, mysterious, with a tiny bit of romance in the mix, made me devour this book. The author has a talent for writing the scenes with a feeling of being there. From the sounds of the river to the smell of the forest, from the loyalty of Sheba and Romy, the two dogs in the story, to the betrayal of a motorcycle gang member. From being let down by a father to the support of a prior classmate, this story is a whole spa...