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"[Moore’s] careful balance of the hard-bitten with the heartfelt is what elevates Long Bright River from entertaining page-turner to a book that makes you want to call someone you love.” – The New York Times Book Review
"This is police procedural and a thriller par excellence, one in which the city of Philadelphia itself is a character (think Boston and Mystic River). But it’s also a literary tale narrated by a strong woman with a richly drawn personal life – powerful and genre-defying.” – People
"A thoughtful, powerful novel by a writer who displays enormous compassion for her characters. Long Bright River is an outstanding crime novel… I absolutely loved it."
—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
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, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling.
Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey's district, and Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit--and her sister--before it's too late.
Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters' childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sometimes a novel’s setting feels so intensely real that it becomes a character in the story. That’s definitely true of Liz Moore’s stunning portrait of Philadelphia’s downtrodden Kensington Avenue, which serves as the backdrop to her deeply engrossing tale of family, addiction, and murder. Sisters Kacey and Mickey don’t talk anymore—Kacey is spiraling down into drug addiction, while Mickey is devoted to her job as a police detective. But when Kacey goes missing, Mickey dedicates herself to finding her sister before a serial killer preying on the neighborhood’s forgotten women does. Narrator Allyson Ryan, who did a similarly great job reading the best-selling Fleishman Is in Trouble, transports us to the Philly streets with her incredible range of accents. We felt every ounce of Mickey’s increasing desperation and her cynical boss’ seen-it-all weariness. Seething with insight and compassion for one of the most heartbreaking epidemics of our age, Long Bright River is the most white-knuckle kind of thriller—the kind with a heart.
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There’s a lot to like about this book, the plot was good and the main character is likable. But the ending left a lot to be desired and there wasn’t much character development.
Great story and narrator was perfect for this!! Highly recommend this great mystery novel!