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  • Long Bright River

  • A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)
  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (2,649 ratings)

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Long Bright River

By: Liz Moore
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
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Publisher's summary

One of Barack Obama's favorite books of the year

Named a Best Book of 2020 By NPR, Parade, Real Simple, and BuzzFeed

An instant New York Times best seller

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, number one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2020 Liz Moore (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"An instant sensation and the January pick for Good Morning America’s book club." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Navigates assuredly between the plot twists and big reveals.... Long Bright River is equal parts literary and thrilling." (O: The Oprah Magazine)

"Truly, this is a great literary novel about a city in the age of opioids and two sisters navigating their past. And in the tradition of many great literary thrillers, I promise you, you will not see the end coming." (NPR)

Editor's Pick

A literary thriller that boasts plot and character
"I worked in a high school in Kensington, Philadelphia back in 2010 when the Kensington Strangler murdered at least 3 women and hid their bodies in an abandoned row home near the school. Looking back on it, the whole situation was really intense, but every day in Kensington was (and is) so intense that I think most people didn’t have the energy or the resources to fully care. In Kensington overdose deaths are incredibly common, and poverty strains and taxes every facet of daily life. To see Liz Moore, an author I’m a huge fan of for her previous work The Unseen World, turn her emotionally adept and aesthetically precise eye to a time and place that was so powerful for me, felt immediately personal. And you don’t have to know Kensington for Long Bright River to hit close to home. It boasts a riveting plot but at every step works to establish the character of and give voice to an incredibly resilient community that has seen far more than its share of misfortune."—Michael D., Audible Editor