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Long Bright River

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  145 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
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Riverhead Books
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    Long Bright River
    Release date: Jan 07, 2020
    "The next Girl on the Train." - Bustle

    Two sisters travel the same streets,though their lives couldn't be more different.
    Then one of them goes missing.

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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
    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 move and there are
    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
    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
    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
    Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction, suspense
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Aga Durka
    Apr 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: edelweiss-arcs
    I am so excited for this book . “The Unseen World” was one of my favorites in 2017. I hope this one is as good ...more
    Set in Philadelphia, a city at the heart of the opiate epidemic, Long Bright River follows Mickey, a cop caught up in this world through her work and personal life who becomes involved in trying to solve the mystery of young sex workers who are being found dead across the city.

    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.
    Mary Beth Keane
    Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The perfect literary crime novel. I couldn’t put it down.
    Kailey (kmc_reads)
    Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 stars
    This excellent book is hard to classify - it has elements of thriller, police procedural, family drama, literary fiction. Mickey Fitzpatrick, Philly police officer and single mother, is obsessed with finding her addict sister, Kacey, before a serial murderer does. What sets this story apart is the excellent writing and crafting of characters, along with plot twists that I did not see coming. Moore also paints a vivid picture of the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia and the addicts who ...more
    Sharon Huether
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Two sisters growing up without their mother and an absent father.
    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.
    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
    Rachel Hall
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Uncompromising portrait of a neighbourhood devastated by the opioid crisis and an intimate look at two emotionally damaged sisters divided by an addiction.

    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,
    Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Like other reviewers, I'm unsure how to classify this novel except to call it terrific and impossible to put down. It's a completely satisfying reading experience, and how often does that happen? Not often enough. Don't miss it.

    ~~Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, fiction, 2019
    Damn, this literary mystery was fantastic. A Philadelphia town overwhelmed by the opioid crisis, a sister in the police force, another struggling with addiction living on the streets, a murderer on the loose, dirty cops, family drama, past and present dialogue!!! Everything I didn’t know I needed! This book is almost 500 pages but I breezed through it immersed in the story of Mickey and Kacey and was even surprised by the twist. Bravo.
    Jillian Doherty
    Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    If you enjoy police procedurals, then you'll eagerly follow Michaela (Mickey) Fitzpatrick's story too.

    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!
    May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Opioid Epidemic has touched every part of Mickey’s life; she becomes a Philadelphia cop thinking she will make a difference. With daily patrols taking her past her sister’s corner and a new partner talking trash, Mickey finds herself alone on the force and in her personal life. When her sister is a no-show for a month and with her extended family shutting her out due to her uppity cop-ways, Mickey can only move forward. Equally heartfelt literature as well as a thriller, Long Bright River ...more
    switterbug (Betsey)
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I thought I’d died and gone to literary heaven after I read Liz Moore’s epic, highly imaginative, and riveting mixed genre drama, THE UNSEEN WORLD, in 2016. So I was thrilled to find a copy of her newest one ahead of the publishing date. Moore excels in narrative voice, the sincerity of the storyteller. As far as plot and characters, I remained engaged, but was occasionally disappointed in her tendency toward boilerplate formula TV. And yet, there were moments that Moore rose above her own ...more
    Evie Braithwaite
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book’s premise alone was enough to captivate me and still, it was so much more than I anticipated. Now, this is not an easy read. Pretty soon I realised that rather than a quick thriller, it was an emotional, heartbreaking literary suspense novel. Rather, it’s an emotional, heartbreaking story. Moore explores a profound sororal bond, drug addiction and forgiveness all with such grace.

    Mickey and Kacey lost their mother to a drug overdose when they were just 3 and 4 years old. With their
    Britt Kinsella
    Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, favorites
    Thank you to Riverhead Books and Astoria Bookshop for an Advanced Readers E-Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    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
    Sid Nuncius
    Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
    I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get on well with Long Bright River. I like Liz Moore’s work and thought that Heft in particular was excellent. This one didn’t do it for me, I’m afraid.

    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
    When a cop suspects a serial killer is murdering prostitutes, she must face her family’s tumultuous past as she tries to save her estranged younger sister.

    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.
    Chris Pavone
    Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A tense, gripping, remarkable novel about the opioid crisis's devastation of family--of parents and children, siblings and cousins, and the extended family of a police force--that bares the intimate, heartbreaking costs of a mass epidemic.
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

    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
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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

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