Book Review: The Long and Faraway Gone by: Lou Berney

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: 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 fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist. 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?

Review: In the summer of 1986, two lives in Oklahoma City were irrevocably changed forever. Wyatt is the only survivor from an armed robbery at the movie theater he worked at in which six of his coworkers and friends were murdered and Julianna’s older sister disappeared from the annual State Fair, never to be seen again. Both Wyatt and Julianna struggle with their losses even after two decades. They both get dragged back into investigating their tragedies to the point of obsession. Yet the truth doesn’t always set you free. THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE is two separate stories, told from Wyatt and Julianna’s alternating viewpoints. Wyatt has come back to OKC from Las Vegas as a favor to a friend on a different case. Julianna’s never left and never given up hope of finding her sister and when one of the original suspects returns, she knows she has her chance. Wyatt and Juliana interact a couple times by happenstance, but nothing meaningful happens between them. I think the stories could have done well on their own as separate books. THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE shows how much our experiences impact our lives, no matter how great or small. The book is well-written and readers will get caught up in this tale of tragedy. THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE teaches us a lesson about the cost of not being able to let go of our pasts.

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