Page Count 492
Publication date January 2020/ Publisher Random House
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.
Told from Mickey’s point of view, we follow two timelines, her childhood with drug addicted sister Kacey, and her search for her missing sister now.
Long Bright River is a bleak and unflinching look at the squalor and drive of drug addiction and its affects on friends and family of all ages.
A serial killer is murdering drug addicted prostitutes and patrol officer Mickey begins to fear that her sister, if not already a victim, will soon become one.
Everyone will fall under suspicion, Long Bright River has many twists and turns but what I enjoyed most was the character development. The unwritten codes of behaviour on each side of the tracks and the stark contrast between two sisters from the same terrible upbringing.
Watching Mickey struggle under the weight of her many hardships is not an easy read and for those who see the world in black and white this novel is a real eye opener. This story may be a fiction but for some it’s life.
I smashed through this in a day and highly recommend.