Synopses & Reviews
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR, Parade, Real Simple, and Buzzfeed
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK
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.
"[A] deeply moving, absolutely page-turning novel....Give this to readers who like character-driven crime novels with a strong sense of place." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Impossible to put down, impossible to forget." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Smartly crafted....Filled with strong characters and a layered plot, this will please fans of both genre and literary fiction." Publishers Weekly
"Long Bright River...nervously twists, turns and subverts readers' expectations till its very last pages. Simultaneously, it also manages to grow into something else: a sweeping, elegiac novel about a blighted city." The Washington Post
"Satisfyingly, the characters' interior lives are as important as the mysteries that propel the action." NYT Editor's Choice
"Tough, tense and twisty — but tender, human and deeply affecting, too....I don't have a sister, but when I finished the book I called my brother, just to hear his voice." Lee Child
"Navigates assuredly between the plot twists and big reveals.... Long Bright River is equal parts literary and thrilling." O, The Oprah Magazine
"An instant sensation and the January pick for Good Morning America's book club." Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Liz Moore is the author of the acclaimed novels Heft and The Unseen World. A winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.