MY TWO CENTS:
This was a “bookstagram made me do it” and it did not disappoint. Long Bright River is a beautiful story of two sisters and their bond through a difficult upbringing filled with emotional scars.
They lost their mother at an early age to an overdose, had an absent father and were left to live with their grandmother, who was not loving. Even though they had the same hardships, they took two very different paths in life. Mickey becomes a police office, while Kacey drowns herself in opioids and prostitution. How they survive and come together is the basis of this book.
The female characters are strong, loyal, survivors that shed important light on addiction, family dysfunction, love, forgiveness, and what it means to truly be family. Set in Philadelphia this is a gritty tale that haunted me for days after finishing.
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.