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Long Bright River

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  3,251 ratings  ·  719 reviews
Two sisters travel the same streets,though their lives couldn't be more different.
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,
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Riverhead Books
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Matthew There are no sex scenes if that's what you are worried about. But romantic relationships, and sex work/prostitution, are certainly plot points, as is…moreThere are no sex scenes if that's what you are worried about. But romantic relationships, and sex work/prostitution, are certainly plot points, as is drug use, pregnant drug users, etc. (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie beauty_andthebook_
BOTM pick for December 2019!

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
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Long Bright River is a beautifully written and powerful story about two sisters and the destruction of addiction.

Mickey and Kacey, daughters of addicts, take two very different paths in life. As children, they were inseparable, as adults they are estranged. Mickey becomes a cop, Kacey an addict.

When young female addicts start being murdered, Mickey fears even more for Kacey's life. When Mickey discovers that Kacey is missing, she investigates putting her life, her son, and her job in danger.

Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Changed my mind on this one and moved it into the 5 star category the more that I thought about it as I wrote this review.

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
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The talented Liz Moore writes a powerful, deeply affecting and harrowing account of the human cost of the out of control opoid crisis, gripping not only the Kensington neighbourhood of Philadelphia, but the country as a whole. It would be a mistake to go into this multilayered novel as a straightforward crime read, it is so much more, the crime aspects hang in the background, but at the forefront is a in depth character driven family drama, the relationship between two sisters, 32 year old ...more
Aga Durka
5 Emotional Stars!

When requesting an ARC copy of this book I didn’t even read the synopsis, all I needed to know was that the author is Liz Moore. The Unseen World was one of my favorite books in 2017 and I just knew that Long Bright River would be as good of a read, if not better. And I was right!

Once again, Liz Moore wrote a powerful and suspenseful story with unique and relatable characters. She explores the very difficult and dark reality of the opioid addiction crisis by following the lives
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would categorize this as literary suspense. It has the elements of a police procedural but the writing is so much better than that. Mickey is a beat cop walking the mean drug addicted streets of Philadelphia while her sister, Kacey, lives on those very streets as a strung out sex worker. The cop watches out for her sister despite their estrangement and becomes alarmed when a number of prostitutes are found murdered. Moving between the sisters’ adolescence and adulthood, this is about broken ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long Bright River is a heartbreaking story of two sisters that both struggle to survive living in a crisis of opioids.

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
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ew
By the end, Long Bright River was definitely a 5 star read...

It starts off like a mystery, but it isn’t really. Mickey and Kacey are two sisters living in Philadelphia. Their mother died of a drug overdose. Mickey is a police officer. Kacey is a drug addict. The book moves back and forth from the sisters’ childhood to present day. We see everything through Mickey’s eyes. How she tried to steer her sister away from drugs and their nasty consequences. How she now can’t find Kacey. But by the end,
Julie Ehlers
Five stars?!? The thing is, this novel takes place in Philadelphia and I live in Philadelphia, so I was predisposed to enthusiasm for Long Bright River. Nevertheless, it actually exceeded my (high) expectations: As I mentioned in one of my status updates, it's like Tana French before she got all ponderous. Long Bright River does take a bit of time to get going, but it's time well spent, building a world of vivid place and character, and by the time the plot picked up I was fully invested. There ...more
4.5 stars
This book proves the fact that timing is everything. Apparently I am more of a mood reader than I thought, and Christmas week with a very ill dog (now recovered) was the wrong timing. I normally love a slow burn but I set it aside. I recently picked it up again, and this time I was totally engaged and captivated. I flew through it in one day and ended up loving it, confirming that the author remains one of my favorites.

I'm still not a fan of the lack of quotation marks, and for
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book did NOT disappoint. It is engrossing and heartbreaking and moving and beautiful and I want to read it again.

You can watch my full review here:
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, fiction
Long Bright River is a slow-burn, suspense novel rather than a thriller. It is an emotional, heartbreaking story of sister love, drug addiction and forgiveness.The story is narrated by Michaela 'Mickey' who is the older 'better' sister. Mickey is a cop and worries about Kacey who is a drug addict and hasn't been seen for a few weeks. Whilst I normally like books told from only the main character's point of view, in this case I felt like the story would have benefited from another narrator. While ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a page turner!
Riveting story of two sisters living in a Philadelphia city that is being rocked by the opioid crisis! Mickey,is a cop and her younger sister Kacey is an addict who is living and working on the street. Kacey has been missing as a string of mysterious murders start taking place so as Mickey walks the street on her police beat she’s on the search for her sister.
This story goes back and forth from Now and Then, as we are also taken back to their childhood.
Story of sisters,
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
[4+] Long Bright River is about a struggling single mother who is trying to juggle her demanding roles as a mother and police officer with a search for her missing sister. It is also about opioid addiction and police corruption. Moore navigates all these issues beautifully. Some might label this a crime novel, but the characters are why I kept turning the pages. She peels away layers of Mickey's past, cracks open a scary world and leaves the reader hoping...
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I loved this dark, gritty story from start to finish. I will now be in a book slump for days. Ugh, SO good and SO relevant.

Triggers: addiction
Denise Reed
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Giveaway winner!

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
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

An extremely well-written, gut-wrenching, powerful story about addiction and the bond of sisters.

Raised by their less than interested grandmother, Mickey and Kacey grew up looking after one another. They were as close as sisters could be. As a teenager, Kacey mixes with the wrong crowd and becomes a drug addict leading to a life on the streets. The sisters become strangers to one another. Mickey joins the local police force but can’t ignore the constant tension of worry that one day
Anna Luce
3.5 stars

Set against the opioid crisis in Philadelphia Liz Moore's thought-provoking novel portrays the long-lasting and devastating effects of addiction (on an individual, on a family, and on an entire neighbourhood).

“These girls, he says. He looks at me and puts one finger to his right temple, taps it twice. Stupid, is what he means. No sense.”

Focusing on the fraught relationship between two sisters, Moore shows the circumstances that can lead to addiction, parental negligence, and crime.
Elyse  Walters
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
....narrated by Allyson Ryan
13 hours and 9 minutes.
I pre-ordered this book 3 months before it was released with excited anticipation.

After having read two other engrossing - thought-provoking-long lasting memorable novels by Liz Moore.... I jumped with urgency to get my hands on “Long Bright River”.
After a long-impatient-restless wait, finally my turn arrived.

“Heft”, was incredible: an incredible ‘standout’ in audiobook format.
“Unseen World” - was phenomenal: phenomenal in ebook
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 - 5 stars

This is a powerful and well written story which focuses on the destruction wreaked by drug addiction via the story of two very different sisters. It is set principally in the Kensington district of Philadelphia. Mickey (Michaela) Fitzpatrick is a single mum of Thomas and is a police officer in the PPD and is partnered for a while with Eddie Lafferty. They are called to a suspicious death of a female on the tracks. Mickey is terrified it will prove to be her sister Kacey with whom she
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was truly hoping to have liked this book more than I did. At the start of the story, I felt I had come upon another five star story, but as the book continued my enthusiasm started to wan, and did eventually fall off into that "oh no, bleak zone" we sometimes find ourselves. Granted this time of the year was certainly not the right time to read a book such as this. It was desolate and so often seemed to lack any hope. I also found it a bit repetitious but did like that close sisterly
Katie B
This one got off to a slow start for me but I will freely admit I'm having a hard time concentrating these days as life is a bit stressful right now. However, maybe about 100 pages or so into it, everything just seemed to click and at that point I became fully engrossed in the story.

Sisters Kacey and Mickey no longer speak to one another. They grew up in Philadelphia and were raised by their grandmother. As teenagers their lives started heading down two different paths. Mickey worked hard and
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dennis by: Chelsea Humphrey
Taking place in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Mickey (Michaela) is an officer patrolling the city where she grew up. So many people in her life have been affected or killed by drug addiction, and her main role as police officer nowadays has been monitoring those affected by drugs. It's an all too real visual of our society now—this opioid crisis is NO JOKE, seriously. We all know someone who is struggling with it. As Mickey navigates through her day-to-day making sure the streets ...more
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Thank you for my audio review copy.

Raise your hand if you have heard about the opioid crisis is America. Let’s see that’s everyone, yes? Y’all it is an issue across the board from small towns to big towns. It is sadly all encompassing.

I went in knowing Long Bright River was going to be a police procedural with addiction and the opioid crisis running in the background.

What I actually got was a novel that was all encompassing. Yes, addiction and police procedure is at the forefront. But
Liz Barnsley
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much for all the things I expected it to be from the blurb but also because it was so much more than surface appearance would lead you to believe- a literary crime novel where the setting is just as much a character as the people you’ll meet there, a road trip through sisterhood that is beautifully written and hugely emotional.

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
Roman Clodia
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I really like about this is the depth of detail about Mikey and her troubled family life, especially her push/pull bond with her sister: what appears, at first, to be a good girl (cop)/bad girl (opioid addict/street girl) dichotomy becomes more complicated, and Moore's empathy for society's underdogs is bright and angry.

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
Long Bright River was everything! Relatable, heroic, eye-opening, and current.

Mickey and Kacey Fitzpatrick were both into a life of addiction. When their mother died from an overdose, they were sent to live with their grandmother – a cold, resentful woman who showed them little love and attention. By age sixteen, Kacey too was hooked on drugs.

Now in her early thirties, Mickey is a police officer for the northeast quadrant of Philadelphia, patrolling rough areas like Kensington Avenue (the Ave) –
Mary Beth Keane
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect literary crime novel. I couldn’t put it down.
Laura Noggle
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Every once in a while a book comes along unexpectedly and knocks you straight in the feels.

This is that book.

The end had me in absolute tears, and I typically HATE books that make me cry—this one snuck through the cracks.

Not a topic I’d normally go for but I had to use up my book credits, and this was the only December Book of the Month Club that looked decent.

It totally surprised me, but I’ve always been a sucker for a good sister story.

Kailey (kmc_reads)
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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Liz Moore is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction.

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
“This was the secret I learned that day: none of them want to be saved. They all want to sink backward toward the earth again, to be swallowed by the ground, to keep sleeping. There is hatred on their faces when they are roused from the dead.” 1 likes
“Some people do have trouble with Kensington, but to me the neighborhood itself has become like a relative, slightly problematic but dear in the old-fashioned way that that word is sometimes used, treasured, valuable to me.” 0 likes
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