The Long and Faraway Gone - Lou Berney

The Long and Faraway Gone

By Lou Berney

  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
The Long and Faraway Gone book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 64 Ratings)

The Long and Faraway Gone Lou Berney Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars



With the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives.

In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.

Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.

As Wyatt's case becomes more complicated and dangerous, and Julianna seeks answers from a ghost, their obsessive quests not only stir memories of youth and first love, but also begin to illuminate dark secrets of the past. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?

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User reviews about this book

  • The Long and Faraway Gone

    By Frisco Grandma
    Really, really enjoyed this book! I had to force myself to put it down when there was something I HAD to do! Having lived in the Oklahoma City area for the majority of my adult life probably made it even more interesting to me. However, it was an excellent story well told no matter the setting!
  • The Long and Faraway Gone

    By Zuumm
    It was to long
  • Gripping & Gorgeous

    By dlc698
    From the first chapter through to "The end," I didn't want to put this beauty down. Heart-racing mysteries weave their way through this beautiful narrative, with OK City as the sweeping backdrop. The characters and their histories were so rich, and written in revealing layers that continued to pull me in, right into the satisfying finish. Excited to see what's next from Berney.
  • Can't even finish...

    By BPF72
    The sample and description of this book are misleading. The book is SO dull and so full of grammatical errors that I am finally throwing in the towel halfway through. Phrases and thoughts are repeated (I'm pretty sure the phrase "junior henchman" was used over 20 times in the first chapter) over and over. Wyatt is annoying and the "case" he is focused on throughout the book is SO boring. I don't care about any of the characters or how their stories will end. I only paid $1.99 and honestly wish I could get that back.

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