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Long Bright River: A Novel door Liz Moore
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Long Bright River: A Novel (editie 2020)

door Liz Moore (Auteur)

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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" --… (meer)
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Titel:Long Bright River: A Novel
Auteurs:Liz Moore (Auteur)
Info:Riverhead Books (2020), 496 pages
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Mickey Fitzpatrick is a cop and when a series of young women are found dead she is hoping that her sister Kacey isn't one of them.

I quite enjoyed this book. Part thriller and part family drama it follows Mickey as she tries to find her sister Kacey. The story goes into the past which explains the sisters past.

I felt the story was a slow burn but did tick along. A few surprises along the way one of which I did predict early on. Back to the murders, which for me was on the back burner of the story and I didn't guess who was doing them.

Although the story could be classed as a thriller for me it was all about family. The story was quite enjoyable with a few twists and a satisfying ending.

I haven't read anything by this author before and would read more by her in the future. ( )
  tina1969 | Feb 16, 2021 |
I saw the author of this book interviewed almost a year ago. She spoke so passionately about the opiod crisis and its devastating effect on so many people that I was quick to put a hold on the book. Apparently so did a lot of other people because it took a long time for the book to become available (no doubt the waiting time was exacerbated by two shutdowns of our public library system and the increased waiting time between the return of a book and when it could be loaned out again). The COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the whole world in the meantime has consumed the public's attention but we need to remember that there are other crises that probably won't be as easy to fix as getting enough people vaccinated.

Mickey (Mikaela) is a beat cop in an inner city neighbourhood in Philadelphia. Every day she sees the prostitution and drug abuse and every day she worries about her younger sister Kacey who is part of that world. She has even arrested Kacey a couple of times but, other than that, the two have not interacted for a number of years. It wasn't always that way. When they were growing up they were very close even sharing a bed at night. it was their maternal grandmother, Gee, who raised them because their mother died of an overdose when Kacey was just an infant. Soon after their father left and the two girls never heard from him again. Gee worked hard to keep a roof over their head and food on the table but she didn't lavish much love on them. In their teenage years Kacey started using and selling drugs but Mickey, quieter and shyer, worked hard at school. She had good enough grades to get into college but there was no money for that and getting student aid required her grandmother's co-operation. A police officer who worked at the after-school program the girls attended talked Mickey into going into the police force. He also talked himself into her bed but he's been out of the picture for some time. Mickey has his son to raise and she is happy to do so without his assistance. The son, Thomas, longs to see his dad of course. Mickey is concerned that she hasn't seen Kacey around the neighbourhood for some time and she starts asking questions. Her worry ramps up when the bodies of girls from the street who have been murdered start showing up. Mickey doesn't have a partner these days and so she starts looking into her sister's contacts while she is on duty. That is strictly against regulations and eventually she is found out and suspended from duty. That gives her and her invalided former partner time to investigate Kacey's disappearance and the string of murders which, of course, brings them both closer to the people who are running the drug trade. Except maybe it's not the people in the drug trade Mickey needs to worry about, maybe it is someone closer to her.

I thought this was excellently plotted. There were red herrings and plot twists that kept me guessing throughout. It was also a devastating account of the havoc drug use causes even through generations. Well worth the read. ( )
  gypsysmom | Feb 7, 2021 |
I really loved this edgy book from Liz Moore. The author explores drug addiction, dysfunctional families, parenting , sibling relationships all in the space of a law enforcement officer. The well-crafted narrative moves the reader back and forth seamlessly between the past and the present. Several twists keep the action moving forward to a realistic conclusion. ( )
  beebeereads | Feb 6, 2021 |
A copy of this book was given by in exchange for review. All opinions stated are my own.The first time I found my sister dead, she was sixteen.
 
Long Bright River takes place in Kensington, Philadelphia. Two sister grow up amongst the opioid crisis, and despite growing up in the same situation, their their paths take entirely different directions, with vastly different results.
Now grown, Mickey, who is now a police officer, keeps tabs on her little sister Kacey, who lives a life of addiction. But soon its been a month since anyone has had contact with Kacey, and with a spate of murdered women showing up, Mickey is growing more alarmed about her sisters whereabouts, breaking the rules to find out what has happened to her sister.
 
This is Liz Moore's fourth novel, and having attracted awards and high praise from several critics for her earlier work, you are right to expect another touching and original story in Long Bright River.

I have to include strong trigger warnings for addiction, violence and trauma! This is quite a raw novel and despite it being toted as a mystery/thriller, much of it reads like a deep family drama that doesn't shy away from the details.

The blended genre was done so seamlessly that you needn't worry if you like one style and not the other, or if there is any disjoint. Equal parts police procedural/mystery, where we have Mickey investigating the murders of many women in her area, while tracking down her sister, trying to uncover clues from people intend on hiding the truth. And why? Even their own family is acting like things are ok, but its clear everyone as something to hide....
Then the family drama aspect, Mickey reflects on her childhood and upbringing, her relationship with her sister and their grandmother who raised them. As a single mother, Mickey talks about what it means to be a mother, and the justifies her situation and choices.
 

“I wouldn’t listen. I wanted everything to stay as it was. I was more afraid of the truth than the lie. The truth would change the circumstances of my life. The lie was static. The lie was peaceful. I was happy with the lie.”

There are a lot of mummy issues to unpack in this one, and its a deeply engaging story, that keeps you turning the pages as you strive to solve the mysteries and also delve into the why of how this family dysfunction developed over the years.
I found this story particularly intriguing, as Moore made a special effort to make timely reveals. There were several mini-mysteries by of details that the reader was just left in the dark about. We were teased with information that we could use to make assumptions, and then later the facts were revealed, completely changing the perspective and dynamic! I could not for the life of me guess the ending because these small revelations had me questioning every single detail throughout the story.
 
I highly recommend Long Bright River! This was actually the February pick for my book club (find our discussion questions here - warning! Spoilers!!) The overall consensus from the group was that everyone loved it! It hit home for quite a lot of people who are from the area, work in the health industry or have loved ones who suffer with addiction.
Overall, this was a beautifully written novel that handled a difficult topic with class.
 

 






I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on Long Bright River!
Have you read this? I would love hear your thoughts!
Feel free to comment below or on my 'bookstagram' at @ReadWithWine .
 
 This review was originally posted on ReadWithWine ( )
  readwithwine | Jan 18, 2021 |
Great writing, plotting, pacing, and character development. The setting - hardscrabble, working-class, Irish Catholic in Philly came to life. You get a feel both for the residents and their struggles, as well as the police who patrol them, as well as their dysfunctional relationships, loyalties and 'arrangements.'

Addiction, drug use, sexual abuse and domestic violence figure prominently and are central to the plot. Readers sensitive to those topics may want to steer clear.

Excellent and highly recommended. ( )
  angiestahl | Jan 17, 2021 |
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Long Bright River is being marketed as a thriller, but, as with the best crime novels, its scope defies the constraints of genre; it is family drama, history and social commentary wrapped up in the compelling format of a police procedural.... At the heart of the novel are questions about moral responsibility, and what it means to be honourable. It’s also an exploration of the vulnerability and strength of women. Moore – who volunteers with women’s groups in the area – has created a memorable portrait of the devastation created by poverty and addiction, and the compassion and courage that can rise to meet it.
 
"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.”
toegevoegd door vancouverdeb | bewerkPeople Magazine
 
"[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.”
toegevoegd door vancouverdeb | bewerkThe New York Times Book Review
 

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What can be said of the Kensington of to-day, with her long line of business streets, her palatial residences and beautiful homes, that we do not know? A City within a City, nestling upon the bosom of the placid Delaware. Filled to the brim with enterprise, dotted with factories so numerous that the rising smoke obscures the sky. The hum of industry is heard in every corner of its broad expanse. A happy and contented people, enjoying plenty in a land of plenty. Populated by brave men, fair women and a hardy generation of young blood that will take the reins when the fathers have passed away. All hail, Kensington! A credit to the Continent—a crowning glory to the City. —From Kensington; a City Within a City (1891)
Is there confusion in the little isle? Let what is broken so remain. The Gods are hard to reconcile: ’Tis hard to settle order once again. There is confusion worse than death, Trouble on trouble, pain on pain, Long labour unto aged breath, Sore task to hearts worn out by many wars And eyes grown dim with gazing on the pilot-stars. But, propt on beds of amaranth and moly, How sweet (while warm airs lull us, blowing lowly) With half-dropt eyelid still, Beneath a heaven dark and holy, To watch the long bright river drawing slowly His waters from the purple hill— To hear the dewy echoes calling From cave to cave thro’ the thick-twined vine— To watch the emerald-colour’d water falling Thro’ many a wov’n acanthus-wreath divine! Only to hear and see the far-off sparkling brine, Only to hear were sweet, stretch’d out beneath the pine. —Alfred, Lord Tennyson, from “The Lotos-Eaters”
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