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Spring Girls

(Northampton County #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  147 reviews
She’s the only one who survived…and the only one who can help find the killer.

Another spring, another dead girl pulled from a lake in the Appalachian foothills: the latest victim in a series of murders with few leads. But Detective Geena Brassard and her partner, Parker Reed, finally land a break when they receive a tip about a previously unknown survivor of the so-called
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Published June 16th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Karen Katchur joined us in our Behind the Pages group for a spoiler-free Q & A. to see what she had to say about Spring Girls and the Northampton County Series You can find the thread here

My review

Spring Girls makes for a great page-turning summer read. It's more on the lighter side than this dark and twisted reader is used to, and I enjoyed the more comfortable pace to the story. The story is well-paced with reveals that come at just the right time, and
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another Spring. Another Dead Girl...

Detective Geena Brassard and her partner Parker Reed (who readers will remember from the first two books in this series) are investigating the murder of a young woman who was recently found. She is just one of many victims found murdered each Spring and left in a body of water. The killer has become known as the Spring Strangler. But there is one woman who lived. She has a lot to lose if her identity is known.

This is the third installment in the Northampton Co
Spring Girls is the third suspense novel in the Northampton County series written by Karen Katchur in 2020. I previously read the first two books, excited to learn they took place in the area where I went to college, and when this one showed up on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. I read the book last weekend, and now it's time to share my thoughts with everyone. How about you? Have you read any of the books yet in this series?

The novel takes place in current times and revolves around a few
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars!

An engrossing and suspenseful mystery from start to finish!

This is Book 3 in the Northampton County series but reads extremely well as a standalone. I haven’t read Book 1 and 2 and didn’t feel like the storyline lacked background in any way. Although, now that I’ve finished this, I would LOVE to read Book 1 and 2 because I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the writing and the characters. This kept me fully engaged. The pace and flow were consistent in keeping my curiosity piqued. The s
Theresa Alan
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a competent mystery novel featuring detective Geena Brassard. I didn’t realize when I requested this from NetGalley that this is the third book in the series. I was able to follow along fine without the first two books, but I do prefer to read a series in order.

When a girl’s body is pulled out from a lake near other bodies of water where other college-aged girls’ bodies have been found after being murdered in the springtime Geena and her partner Parker Reid discover a tip about the one w
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a well-conceived and tightly plotted story that I would describe as 2/3 classic mystery, 1/3 psychological thriller. The book follows a female detective tracking a serial killer in a small town who leaves women strangled in a spring. It also follows the recovery of a survivor as she reconstructs what happened and faces some surprising developments in her life resulting from the attack.

Karen Katchur does a great job here of intertwining both stories and the writing is tighter and better
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Riveting Race to Find a Seasonal Serial Killer.


Another spring, and another dead girl is pulled from a lake in the Appalachian foothills. She is the latest victim in a series of murders with very few leads. But Detective Geena Brassard and her partner, Parker Reed, finally land a break when they receive a tip about a previously unknown survivor of the so-called Spring Strangler.

The survivor is fearful and very reluctant to help with the case. Geena uncovers a small connection b
Judy D Collins
"Katchur is at the TOP of her game! "

"Her Northampton County trilogy (3 of 3) is a dynamite must-read riveting crime series for thriller fans of Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner. Fiction doesn’t get any better than this. Do not miss the masterful grand finale, SPRING GIRLS.” — @JudithDCollins #JDCMustReadBooks

In Book #1, RIVER BODIES, we met Becca, a veterinarian and faithful German Shepherd, Romy. We also are introduced to Detective Parker Reed, a Pennsylvania homicide detective tackling a
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars Rounded Up

With Spring comes more than flowers and sunshine in this small town!

You can count on the month of April for girls disappearing and girls being found - dead.

I was really taken by this smoothly written police procedural. In addition to likable characters, there are several more layers to the story than first meets the eye.

Besides to the central plot, the relationship between one of the protagonists and her young son increased the foreboding the deeper into the book you read.

Spring Girls is the 3rd book in the Northampton County series and even though I haven't read the first two books in the series, I was able to keep pace without any difficulty. Having said that I will definitely check out the first two books to see how the hunt for the seriel killer, who rapes and kills young women by drowning every spring, started. I liked everything about this book -- the plot, the quick pace of the story, the writing and the well drawn out characters. The characters that reall ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Seven years later a third victim, and again it happened in the Spring.

Janey was the only survivor of a serial killer who always struck in the Spring.

Wonder what the significance of Spring is?

Why can’t Janey remember anything, or is it better she doesn’t?

Since the third murder happened a few days ago, she is worried she is still in danger since she is sure the killer knows she’s alive.

Janey was beside herself since all of this surfaced and the investigation was once again focused on this person
Gerardine  Betancourt
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I request this book I didn't know it was the third in the Northampton County series.
In Spring Girls, detective Geena Brassard and her partner Parker Reed investigate the murder of Valerie, a 23-year-old girl who is found dead in a river. The Spring Strangler has killed other girls in similar circumstances in the past couple of years and has never been caught.
Without going into too much detail the book was very entertaining and it grab me from the first page.
If you are interested in reading
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a zillion games of scrabble, done a zillion crosswords and I AM BORED!!!)

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the aut
Bookworm Extraordinaire
I enjoyed this one! I haven't read the previous books, but this one held up as a standalone well. Not quite as "dark and twisted" as I am used to reading, but still made for a quick and engaging story.

*ARC provided by NetGalley*
Michelle Debnam
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read and enjoyed the previous 2 Northampton County books i was looking forward to this the 3rd and was not disappointed

A serial killer who strikes in the springtime and so far has evaded the attention of the police but when a survivor is located and along with DNA and other evidence they are on the trail

There are some disturbing acts that are written into the novel for which i did feel very unsettles with but once these are past the story again grips
The Northampton County series features a strong female detective and a clever, twisted killer and Spring Girls can be read as a standalone. Each book in the series is connected through various characters, but they are separate and distinct stories, so you could read them in any order.

In this third novel, set in Bangor, Pennsylvania, Detective Geena Brassard and her partner, Parker Reed, are faced with a complex case. They're searching for a serial killer named The Spring Strangler. The murderer
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is part of a series but it can easily be read as a standalone. Everything about this was great. The characters were multidimensional and realistic. The mystery had me enthralled from start to finish.
Tina Rae
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Okay. Let me start out by saying that this was the very first book I ever requested on NetGalley and I did not do any research beforehand. Therefore, I didn't realize this book is the third in a series. Not that it really matters, this book loves to tell you (in very obvious Nancy Drew style) about the other books in the series.

Let me also say that it is VERY rare that I give a book only one star. I tend to be a very ~optimistic reader and can usually find at least SOMETHING to like.

Well, uh, no
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise. A woman who survived an attack and rape by a yet uncaught serial killer results in a pregnancy and ultimately the birth of her son. While police continue to try to find the killer as new victims continue to come up, the mother of the serial killer's child begins to wonder if there might really be something to the "serial killer gene" theory when a string of questionable behaviors begin to happen in her now kindergarten-age son.

What I liked about this book, aside from the mul
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

'Spring Girls' by Karen Katchur is a gripping page-turner about survival, murder, and justice. When a fifth girl is found dead in the Appalachian foothills, Detective Geena Brassard and her new partner Parker Reed will go above and beyond to unmask the killer and put an end to this tragedy once and for all. Through a series of new-found clues and the discovery of a sole survivor, Geena and Parker are closer to solving the
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Every few years , a new “Spring Girl” is found. A young college aged woman who has been raped, murdered, and thrown into a river to later be found.
They can never seem to catch or get any evidence from the low life who is doing this.
But when Detective Brassard and Detective Reed get a tip that there is a survivor, they jump on it. She just so happens to be the very FIRST victim and the only survivor there is. Maybe she has information that can help them solve this case once and for all.
This book
Jayasree B
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellently thrilling read. With quick twists and turns and intense police procedures, The Spring Girls is an absolutely riveting read. The whole chase is fascinating from start to finish!
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoyed this one even though I guessed who did it.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first I have read in this series and now I want to read them all! A great plot, that kept me engaged and guessing and enough twists and turns to make this memorable. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for the arc.
Melanie Sligh
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have never heard of Karen Katchur until I found this book. After reading it, I now want to read every book she's ever written because this is the definition of a page turner!

They've found another girl dead a lake. Detective Geena Brassard and her new partner Parker Reed are on the hunt to find the serial killer that seems to kill during the Springtime. They find out there is a survivor and try to piece together DNA along with additional clues to solve the case before they killer finds another
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
April showers brings May flowers but this April brings a serial killer dubbed the Spring Strangler. Detectives find an unknown survivor but she’s reluctant to help. The plot moves along quickly, the characters are intriguing, and the ending is unexpected! Thanks to Thomas & Mercer, NetGalley, and Karen Katchur for an ARC. This is my honest review.
Dee Kendall
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

This book was amazing. The characters were awesome, the plot, even better! I highly recommend this book.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2020
Another really good book in the series. It was fast paced, it kept me guessing to the very end. I enjoyed it! Looking forward to more with these two detectives. Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
SPRING GIRLS by Karen Katchur

Synopsis /

Another spring, another dead girl pulled from a lake in the Appalachian foothills: the latest victim in a series of murders with few leads. But Detective Geena Brassard and her partner, Parker Reed, finally land a break when they receive a tip about a previously unknown survivor of the so-called Spring Strangler.

The survivor’s reluctant to help with the case for reasons that aren’t all clear. Even so, Geena uncovers a connective thread between the victims,
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a twisty turny thriller.
Spring Girls is an excellent, well-written suspense tale, part police procedural, part psychological thriller. It's filled with unexpected and intricate connections between characters, and it will keep you turning pages. I liked the characters; although, Geena came across as a little stiff, and Janey stilted, at least until the last few chapters of the book. At that point, most of the characters seemed to shift in a manner that made them different from what they were earlier in the book. For som ...more
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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. ...more

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