Long Bright River



"[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.

Long Bright River - Liz Moore Summary

Liz Moore (born May 25, 1983) is an American author. After a brief time as a musician in New York City, which inspired her first novel, The Words of Every Song (2007), Moore shifted her focus to writing. She subsequently published the novels Heft in 2012 and The Unseen World in 2016. She received the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy in Rome, and her novel Heft was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Moore grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts and received a bachelor degree from Barnard College. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hunter College in 2009. She teaches in the MFA program at Temple University. Moore lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter...

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Long Bright River5 star

This is a good book about very troubling and sad issues that confront many people. Poverty, ignorance, hate, evil, and corruption are overwhelming but goodness, love and hope can prevail in spite of the odds. This book of fiction highlights the sad reality of every day lives of inner city residents trying to stay afloat in a sea of hopelessness. Shows the importance of family and forgiveness even in extreme cases. Not light or easy reading as my heart ached for Mickey and Kacey, and even Gee. 55


Well1 star

If it’s compared to girl on the train, I don’t want it. Pass 15


Wow!5 star

One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. I finished it in a day. The ties of family and addiction...full of tragedy and full of love. 55

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