River Bodies

Northampton County, Book 1
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Series: Northampton County Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (371 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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’s more predator than protector.

In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight, the truth could change Becca’s life - or end it.

©2018 Karen Katchur (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Katchur is an engaging writer who ably navigates the dynamics of small-town life and the darkness that lurks beneath…Suspense with a tense family drama at its core.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Suspenseful…[The] gripping ending will leave readers eager for the sequel…” (Publishers Weekly)

“An engaging, solid mystery that will captivate lovers of the genre, especially those drawn to regional settings.” (Library Journal)

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Truly awful ; I hate it when i buy a mystery and

it turns out to be a soppy romance novel. gave up a few min in when narrator srared a sign read "caution falling from here could be fatal and tragic". how f'ing absurd.

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Anticipation then disappointment

This story had potential and for awhile I was looking forward to where it was going. Then Pffft! It just lumbered through the ending seemingly just to get there.

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Thought I'd never get through it.

A long, rambling, romance novel. Nothing 'thriller' about it. Don't waste your time. Great when you can't get to sleep. This will do it.

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Kept my attention very well.

I did not like the narrator's voice representation of the male characters.
Ending was a little confusing.

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  • 04-21-20

Thanks for being free

This was a difficult listen. Not only did it move at the pace of a tired snail but the characters also were not interesting. The different characters were difficult to tell apart in that every man had the same clipped and emotionless dull tone while the women (with the exception of the main character, who was monotonous) were literally the same voice. This may be better as a read even though it is primarily a story that goes no where very slowly. Is it a thriller? Nope. The story of a woman dealing with her father's illness? Nah. A love story? Oh, goodness no. A way to burn some time? Eh, maybe.

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Great performance

This was a well written story that brought me back to my own Father's death. Having that experience of being able to witness death of a loved one, while wanting to reconcile a torn relationship...Well done

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  • 01-18-20

It could have been shorter and better

It was a good story but very confusing the author kept jumping back and forth in time without closing a chapter and starting one. I listened with my husband during out road trip and we felt that didn't allow us to engage and enjoy the book like we have with other ones. Also, a little but slow and the author developed in detail too many characters not relevant for the story.

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spellbounding twists and turns

this story is awesome and kept me on my toes I couldn't wait to listen and the performance was so real I really felt like u was a person in the story watching as events unfolded

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Good story!

I liked this story. It had a lose end and a couple remaining questions but overall pretty good. Will listen again in case I missed something!

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Poor quality

Sound quality was bad. kept skipping. Didn't finish book. Probably would have been good book.

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  • 11-13-18

loved it all

my only complaint is that there wasn't
more pages. Really did love it all, the reader did a great job