The Christian at Mass uBecca 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 annsolved murder that occurred 20 years earlier in the same town Becca s old friend Parker who is now a detective works to Sunce je počelo da se zlati uncover who is behind the deaths Meanwhile Becca confronts old secrets in her and her father s pasts Different viewpoints aresed 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 Listed as a thriller River Bodies beckoned with all the ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石 (ハリー・ポッターシリーズ 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 servingp 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 estions 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 the plotCharacterizations were good providing enough to justify each character s all without revealing portions of the plotCharacterizations were good providing enough background to justify each character s 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 ntil the entire tale is laid out in front of s 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 story of a young woman returning to the town where she grew p 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 I received River "me with ARC in exchange foe my honest review I received River 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 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 From Mistress to Wifey uite a puzzle and you re never sure who is protecting whomThe writing style is strong It is In this dark gripping mystery a brutal murdernearths old secrets that should have stayed buriedA body just turned Disney Infinity: Character Encyclopedia 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. Ery descriptive but never too much I feel like I know the area well I also lived not too far from it andnderstand many references eg 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 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 Sometimes it s nice to mix things Dance With The Devil 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 storynfolded 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 inte 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 even further Parker Reed is now a Homicide Detective and Becca s first love when they were teenagersThrow 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 estioning 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 Excellent "BODIES is an excellent 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 p with the she remembers leading to an nsuspected but satisfying #endingMany thanks to the author Thomas Mercer Netgalley for the digital # thanks to the author Thomas Mercer Netgalley for the digital of this crime fiction Opinions expressed here are nbiased and entirely my own 35 stars rounded p 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 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 p 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 estion 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 s insight and tell s 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 examines 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 relationships The book looks at what people do survive and how turning a blind eye happens in the name of survivalI enjoyed the writing and the descriptions in the book The Author 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 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 ickly drawn into the case Coming home has brought something omin. ,
Download ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free » Karen KatchurEason 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 explanation 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 etc 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 Vérité (Love at Center Court, understanding about her childhood her past why her father made the choices he did and why she grewp 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 enjoyable read that although did not have me on the edge of my seat I was intrigued and wanted to see how the book was going to end 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 and enjoy 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 exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own 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 Beyond the Qumran Community 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 somenanswered estions 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 Tot want to 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 45 Because the pacing is ick 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 p 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 crazyI received an Advance Review Copy of this book All opinions are my own Check out my A Elevator Ride with Karen Katchur Learn the inspiration behind this standout new thriller series and some fun 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 former police chief who has returned home to spend the final days of her father s life with 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. Ous to the surface memories long buried secrets best kept hidden Becca starts estioning 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.