Long Bright River by Liz Moore

How I Read It: Print/ Audiobook

Dates Read: 1/20/20-1/22/20

How I Found It: Book of the Month

Set in Philadelphia, Mickey works patrol in the area of Kensington Ave (which according to Google Maps is just east of North Philly. Even doing a Google search, you learn about how bad the drug use, prostitution, and general crime are in this area. In this book, Mickey’s little sister, Kacey, has resorted to prostitution in order to get her fix.

When Kacey disappears, Mickey begins investigating to find her. Unfortunately, a serial killer has hit the area attacking young prostitutes, causing Mickey to believe the worst happened to her sister. But as Mickey gets farther into the investigation, she takes risks that could jeopardize her life as she knows it. Alternating between “then” and “now”, we learn about Mickey’s past and how that has affected her present.

I apparently chose to read some of the most depressing stories this week, so here is book #2 this week (for me, probably not for you because I’m not trying to depress you all) about addiction. As I may or may not have mentioned previously (because I am really good at this whole running a blog thing), I grew up in a small town ravaged by the opioid epidemic. I, personally, do not know much about the opioid epidemic, dealers, prostitution, or any of the other topics discussed in this book, but I did find this story extremely informational (though that wasn’t its original purpose).

I did wish that the story was more focused on the serial killer than just Kacey. It felt like the author made them this really connected and intricate story, but then mentioned the serial killer whenever it was convenient. I almost wish there was more. Also, the killer just took a break for a while because we were more focused on Kacey? Yea, okay.

And while everyone seems to love this book, I just wasn’t a fan of the storyline of Kacey. And I don’t know if this is just me but I felt like the author was just trying to push a happy ending, which I feel like this book didn’t need. I don’t know what exactly I was hoping for, but this book didn’t end up hitting my mark. I would probably give this 4.25 out of 5 stars, but I would still recommend it for people who like thriller-esque novels (I don’t really think this book was as thriller-y as most books in that genre, but I think it still belongs there).

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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