Long Bright River

“Letting hope back in feels right and wrong all at once.”

Thank you Riverhead Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Liz Moore’s book LONG BRIGHT RIVER.

“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.”

Whew! This book. I was not prepared for the ride that I was going to go on while reading LONG BRIGHT RIVER. For all of the fans of Tana French, I highly recommend picking this one up to read.

Before you begin reading this book, I should let you know that it is a slow build. The author, Liz Moore, takes her time to set the pace for this book and to illustrate the significance of what is occurring in this neighborhood in Philadelphia. Once you can get past that point of anticipating a pulse-pounding thriller, I hope you can settle in and appreciate this book for all that it is.

Also, I should point out that there aren’t any quotation marks in this book. Instead, the author chose to use dashes to indicate where dialogue is occurring. I struggled with this at first. I need my quotation marks so I can know what is being said and what is being thought. I’m not going to lie, I almost put the book down a time or two as I was so frustrated. But, once I settled into the story, I neglected to notice the absence of the quotation marks.

Moore has outdone herself in crafting an incredibly accurate portrayal of what the opioid crisis looks like in our communities, how it affects families and how it affects the people who are trying to save those struggling with their addiction. The opioid crisis is very real within our world and I was transported out of my comfortable seat on the couch, straight into the world that was depicted within the pages of LONG BRIGHT RIVER.

LONG BRIGHT RIVER made me uncomfortable. It made me sad. It hit me straight in the face with the truth of what the opioid crisis looks like. I highly recommend picking up this book.

Thank you Riverhead Books and Liz Moore for the opportunity to read this book before its release.

LONG BRIGHT RIVER will be released on January 7, 2020, but is available for pre-order now.

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