Laden with literary overtones, Long Bright River is a character study of equal parts habitat and inhabitant. One could argue that the core of Long Bright River is socio-economic with a political spin but in reality it's a cruel story of a tale frequently told in tabloids and HBO prime-time depicted in fiction through a lens both brutal and honest.
The thin blue line of law and order is blurred in favor of family over police procedure as beat cop Mickey Fitzpatrick undertakes a lone-wolf investigation into her missing sisters whereabouts and matters concerning a spate of murdered young women.
While the pace may deter some readers, the slow simmering plot served well to add context to to the Mickey/Kacey dynamic through a deep character study which untimely enriched the story.
The insight into the effects of drugs, lost innocence, circumstance, and broken families are prominent pieces to this literary puzzle, all culminating in a captive read. Long Bright River is a book which will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.