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.
My Thoughts on River Bodies by Karen Katchur
First things first… THAT COVER!! I’m obsessed. I hope they don’t change a thing about it when it’s properly released. I love the leaves in the water and the font and textures that they chose are just perfect!
Oh my goodness, the storytelling in this book was just wonderful. I really enjoyed the way that the family drama was woven into the mystery. I also really enjoyed that the story was told from varying perspectives so you could really learn more about each character and how each of their brains worked. That really added a lovely complexity to the story!
While labeled a thriller, I would definitely say that the main focus was on the relationships between the various characters.
The relationship between Becca and Matt had my blood absolutely boiling; Matt was such a garbage person. I could not stand him from the second he was introduced, and his character only made me angrier and angrier the more he was mentioned. He was so uncomfortably controlling and selfish.
On the flip side of that, the relationship between Becca and Parker was adorable and heartwarming. Even though I disagreed with one of her choices… I did enjoy the majority of their interactions; some stressful and some just adorable.
The relationship between Becca and her father was a bit triggering for me with my family history… So I found quite a bit of that difficult to read. However, it was wonderfully done. The author really captured a lot of the heartbreak, distrust, and pain that goes along with a rocky situation like that.
The relationship between Becca and John was interesting. I loved the varying emotions I had as we learned more about the two of them through the chapters and sections that jumped back into the past. At first I was totally weirded out by John, but then it was a rollercoaster of emotion toward him after that.
Of course, there were various other side characters, each of whom were interesting in their roles!
Overall, the writing style was a style that I really enjoyed! There were a few typos here and there, but as this was an ARC, I’m sure they’ll be fixed before the book is released on November 1st.
When I went to log this book on Goodreads and saw that it was labeled as “Northampton County #1,” I wanted to cheer! I would love to see where this story goes next!
My Favorite Passages from River Bodies
It only took a second for a tragedy to occur.
It had taken all the courage she could muster to bring up her childhood, where the dark corners of the past lurked.
My Final Thoughts on River Bodies
While a bit triggering to me at times with my family history, this one was a book that I really struggled to put down! I just loved the characters and I found the storyline so interesting! I loved how everything played out in the end and how the main character worked through all of her troubles.
I definitely recommend giving this one a read! This is yet another thriller that I would love to see turned into a film!
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