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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 (219 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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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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Meh

Couldn’t get into this but really tried. Gave it 9 hours before giving up. Disappointing.

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soooooooo long

I guess struggle to finish would be very accurate. It drug on and on and on. The story could have been told in half the words and half the time and the ending was so predictable it was very disappointing. sure glad it was a first of the month free book

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great book

this was the first time I have read a book by this author. I thi k her writing skills are excellent. it immediately gets your attention and keeps it throughout the book.

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Keeps you guessing

really enjoyed the book. The narrator was a little soft spoken at times but not so bad you could not hear with the volume on highest. I listen on a phone while drive in the car

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Not that bad

The story was alright not so thriller though and the narrater didn't represent the male voices so well.

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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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Primarily a story of a troubled family, not a thriller

The characters are too introspective and the dying father goes on far too long and repetitive. This is more a story of a dysfunctional family than a detective thriller. The author did a superb job of creating the tensions of a rural town occupied by a gang.



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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