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Long Bright River: Read the book everyone will be talking about (edition 2020)

by Liz Moore (Author)

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"A suspense novel that also looks at the anatomy of a Philadelphia family rocked by the opioid crisis and the relationship between two sisters--one, suffering from addiction, who has suddenly gone missing amid a series of mysterious murders; the other a police officer who patrols the neighborhood from which she disappeared: a story about the formidable ties between place, family, and fate" --… (more)
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Title:Long Bright River: Read the book everyone will be talking about
Authors:Liz Moore (Author)
Info:Hutchinson (2020), 464 pages
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Rating:*****
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Long Bright River: A Novel by Liz Moore

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Two estranged sisters, one a Philadelphia police officer, the other an addict living on the street, no longer speak to each other, but Mickey never stops worrying about Kacey.
And when she disappears at the same time as a string of murders rocks the ravaged neighborhood, Mickey ramps up her search, worrying that her sister may become one of the victims. But her obsession with finding her sister may jeopardize her job . . . and her life.

Alternating between the sisters’ growing-up years and the present day, the narrative spins a tale of vulnerability and despair as it takes an uncompromising look at addiction and its cost both to the people caught in its horrific web and to those who can do little more than stand aside and watch over their loved ones. The plot is relatively straightforward, with the murder mystery taking a back seat to the chronicle of the sisters’ relationship. Long on family drama, short on suspense, the gripping narrative, with its flawed and broken characters, offers readers a few unexpected surprises as its story unfolds.

While compelling, this powerful narrative is bleak and depressing, filled with the darkness that is drug addiction. There’s a repetitiveness to the telling of the tale . . . readers know early on that Mickey is searching for Kacey, so the continued repetition about this seems unnecessary and has a tendency to make the narrative drag. In addition, the trope of corrupt police officers is annoying and is likely to be off-putting for many readers; the unexpected twist late in the story pushes the telling of the tale into the eye-rolling realm of soap operas. Nevertheless, a strong sense of place anchors the tale, although it is, perhaps, not particularly indicative of the diverse population actually inhabiting this neighborhood.

However, the story is spot-on with its depiction of the influence of peers, the tension faced by families of drug addicts, and the excruciating vulnerability they all face. The history of drug abuse within the family, the father-abandoned children, the resentful grandmother left with the unwelcome responsibility of raising her grandchildren, the care and commitment of sisters to each other . . . each of these help to maintain the ever-present tension that lies beneath every word on every page. And, while there is nothing light about the story, it ultimately offers readers a tantalizing promise of hope.

Many readers are likely to find the lack of quotation marks disconcerting. Granted, some writers choose to eliminate the quotation marks in order to [they say] be clearer, less cluttered, more intimate, or to define a singular voice. However, since most readers hold an expectation for the use of quotation marks [rather than a plethora of dashes coupled with “he said,” “she said,” “he replied,” and so on] it completely defeats that purpose and instead tends to bounce the reader out of the story . . . every . . . single . . . time.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Feb 16, 2020 |
Compelling story about addiction, family relationships and casual abuse of power all set in a changing neighborhood in Philadelphia. The writing and the pacing are good. But the lead character made so many judgement errors I wondered how she ever became a self sufficient adult. The story alternates between the current time and the previous, so a good amount of background was included. I wish the story tellers had alternated also as I became quickly disenchanted with the "good sister". Worth the read, but could have been better. ( )
  MM_Jones | Feb 14, 2020 |
I was expecting more. It's listed as a mystery/thriller and while there was a mysterious aspect, it was more of a family drama.

It's about the opioid crisis in a Philadelphia city where 2 sisters reside, one a cop (Mickey) and one an addict (Kacey). A string of murders begin about the same time that Mickey realizes that she hasn't seen Kacey so she begins to a search to find her. As the story is told, it alternates to then and now so that we get the full picture.

It was a good story but I wanted more thriller. ( )
  Sharn | Feb 14, 2020 |
Long Bright River is a multi-faceted book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Michaela is the protagonist in this novel. She grew up with her sister Kacey in Philadelphia raised by their hard-working grandmother after their mother's death due to drug addiction. Much of the novel focuses on Mickey's family, struggles, personal life and particularly her relationship with Kacey.

As an adult Mickey is a single parent and police officer. Her assignment is to patrol the streets where many drug addicts congregate. There appears to be a serial killer in that area. Mickey is determined to find the murderer and find her recently missing sister.

I questioned many of Mickey's choices and decisions but cared about her. I was involved in the story emotionally and interested in the arc the novel took. There were several twists I did not anticipate.

I definitely recommend this novel. ( )
  Nancyjcbs | Feb 12, 2020 |
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