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Book Review // Long Bright River by Liz Moore

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Published: January 7th 2020
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Genre: Crime
Length: 496 Pages
Source: NetGalley Arc In Exchange For Honest Review
Goodreads Avg. Rating: 4.37
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Two sisters, Mickey and Kacey, had a very strong bond as children. When their mother OD’d and their father became absent they were all the other had. As they grew up however they took very different paths. Mickey became a police officer and Kacey an addict.  

Set in a neighbourhood of Philadelphia known for drugs and prositution. When sex workers are found to have been murdered a homicide investigation is opened up and Mickey finds herself getting more involved than she should. She’s consumed with the need to find the murderer, before her sister becomes the next victim.

We’re only two weeks into 2020 and already this year has given us some great new releases, and this is one of them. I knew nothing going into this other than I had enjoyed the authors previous work and wanted to read more. This book is very different to anything I have read by her in both style and tone, but the quality was still there.

Long Bright River cleverly explores the issue of when crime and family are one in the same. In the ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ chapters we really come to sympthise and feel for the two sisters, whose relationship has changed so dramatically between the two.

As the main narrator is a police officer who patrols the streets of a neighbourhood whose residents are largely drug users. And because her sister is an addict herself. This book deals a lot with addiction. This makes it a hard and uncomfortable read, I found I had to put it down a couple of times to take a breather, but the pay out was worth it as it is very impactful. I felt the author’s portrayal of this issue was non-judgemental and very honest.

This book was constantly progressing. There are twists in both plot and theme that keeps the book interesting and flowing. It was suspenseful in both the mystery and emotional aspect and it was so unpredictable I couldn’t even guess what was going to happen on the next page.

Would I Read Again? Yes.
Would I Recommend? Yes.

Thanks for reading, 
Jess X

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