Long Bright River: A Novel

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Long Bright River is on plenty of “must read” lists, and after finishing it, it is easy to see why. At the heart of the story is the broken relationship of sisters Mickey, a police officer, and Kacey, an addict living on the streets who sells her body to feed her habit. When Mickey realizes she has not seen Kacey around lately, and several bodies are discovered in the area she patrols, Mickey risks everything to find out what happened to her sister. Mickey proves to be a reliable narrator and the story is told from her point of view, in both the past and present. As the story unfolds, the history of the family is slowly revealed and the reader is able to get a better understanding of the circumstances Mickey and Kacey find themselves in. At times, this book is difficult to read because the issues faced by the characters are current, sad, real, and frightening. The baggage each character carries is complex and multilayered, and just when the reader thinks they understand the motives behind a particular action or behavior, they are forced to re-evaluate. Despite the difficult topics, Moore beautifully captures the devastating impact of the opioid crisis on family, friends, and the community. This book is complex and multilayered and it is difficult to classify it into one genre. Suffice it to say, Long Bright River has something for those that enjoy literary fiction, family drama, and mystery.


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Author Liz Moore
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 496 pages
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publish Date 2020-01-07
ISBN 9780525540670
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Issue January 2020
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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