Long Bright River
Then one of them goes missing.
In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don't speak anymore, ...more
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Long Bright River is a book that I almost passed on, thinking that I didn't want the responsibility of reviewing it. The author has a fiercely loyal fanbase, and literary fiction is a genre that is risky for me to dabble in at best. After circling the book's Goodreads page for months, the synopsis had a relentless grip on me, and something checked in my spirit telling me I needed to read this book. Perhaps it was the emotional investment in the opioid crisis, due to ...more
This is not a comfortable or easy book to read. It highlights the opiod crisis and addiction of all forms. It talks about babies born to addicts and the withdrawal that they go through. It takes place in a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Kensington, which was once a neighborhood of working class families. As the jobs dried up, people chose or were forced to move and there are ...more
Mickey and Kasey are both sisters that live in completely opposite worlds. Kasey is struggling with her own addiction and Mickey is police officer for the city of Kensington where the Opioid crisis runs high. Mickey patrols the streets and often runs into her sister during her binges and criminal activity is at an ultimate high in the neighborhoods that Mickey patrols. Mickey ...more
That said, there are some flaws in the plotting: this gestures towards a police investigation into the killing of street girls but then that kind of fizzles out - only for ...more
There is a real noir feel to the prose as the tale unfolds, Mickey patrolling the streets, one eye out always for her wayward sister, one eye towards ...more
Billed as a thriller - or at least that was the impression I had going in - I think this novel has been slightly mis-marketed. Ok, yes, it is a mystery, but is more on the slow burn end of the mystery/thriller genre. ...more
Kacey lives on the streets where addiction is rampant.
Mickey is a cop in the same district as her sister.
Mickey is always on the lookout for her sister to make sure she is ok.
A story of the ties that binds family and the heart wrenching mystery of not knowing.
I won this book from Goodreads First reads.
I was so excited to win an ARC of this book, as I had been contemplating making it my BOTM for December when I received the email that I had won a copy. The book is nearly 500 pages long, but I devoured it in two days. I thought the way Liz Moore wove the seemingly separate threads of police procedural/murder and family drama was mesmerizing. The protagonist, Mickey, is a single mother, as well as an officer for the Philadelphia PD. She is assigned to patrol Kensington, a ...more
Hard-hitting and emotionally charged, Liz Moore’s timely novel is part police procedural but in the main a riveting literary family drama of the complicated and emotionally fraught relationship between two sisters in the beleaguered neighbourhood of Kensington, Philadelphia. Thirty-two-year-old PPD patrol officer, single mother and narrator, ...more
~~Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader
It's a winding path strewn across a narcotics filled city; the murder spree Mickey’s investigating has blurred lines as she dives deeper into the city’s underbelly, contending with family worries, and looking for her missing sister Kacey.
If you like the show The Wire, think of this story as its new season - set in Philly.
Or a more commercial/approachable John Le Carré broken detective story! ...more
Mickey and Kacey lost their mother to a drug overdose when they were just 3 and 4 years old. With their ...more
From the very first page, this was one of the most profound, moving, and intricate thrillers I have read in a long, long time. I had never read anything of Liz Moore’s prior to this, but I can easily say she is now one of my favorite authors. Her fluid writing and powerful characters captivated me from start to finish. Long Bright River effortlessly weaved together a ...more
The story is narrated by Michaela (“Mickey”) who is a police officer in a tough, drug-riddled part of Philadelphia. Mickey’s sister Kacey is a drug addict and is missing, it emerges that there is a killer preying on such women and we get her search for Kacey intercut with Mickey’s history, while the police ...more
Moore captures human emotion to perfection, weaving a powerful tale of family bonds and the gut-wrenching pain of addiction, while at the same time delivering a gritty, pulse-pounding story about murder, drugs, and crooked cops.
An absolutely phenomenal book.
I wouldn't classify this book as suspense, and it's not really a police procedural or a crime novel. The closest that I could come would be to say that it's a family drama or a literary fiction. If you've never been to Philly or McKeesport in PA, reading this book will make you feel as though you have. It's that dreary and that depressing. The sociodemographic divide is *that* clearly marked and *that* clearly visible. The author did a great job of ...more
Her first novel, The Words of Every Song (Broadway Books, 2007), centers on a fictional record company in New York City just after the turn of the millennium. It draws partly on Liz's own experiences as a musician. It was selected for Borders' Original Voices program and was given a starred review by Kirkus. Roddy Doyle wrote of it, "This ...more