Tuesday, May 29, 2018

River Bodies by Karen Katchur

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.

My Thoughts 
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 retired head of the police department.
Memories she didn't recall start coming back little by little.  Her feelings for Parker  begin to become stronger and stronger.
Others begin to realize that the story of the morbid past may come to the surface and the Scions can't let that happen.
Will Becca be able to save her own life?  Will Parker be able to get justice for a double murder? The answers will all come to light November 1st.
This first book was great, I can't wait for the second in the series.
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Drink Selection
 I'm going to pair this read with a Vodka and Coke.  It's a little rough around the edges just like this story line.

5 wine for sure.

About the Author 
Karen Katchur is an award-winning suspense novelist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Education. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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