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Mystic River
Mystic River
Author: Dennis Lehane
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened -- something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con....  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780380731855
ISBN-10: 0380731851
Publication Date: 4/2002
Pages: 496
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 531 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Ladyslott avatar reviewed Mystic River on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Three young boys from the mean streets of Boston lives are forever altered when one of them is abducted. Jimmy Marcus and Sean Devine did not get in the car with the two men who turned onto their street one day, but Dave Boyle did. Although Dave manages to escape from the pedophiles the friendship is never the same and all three men move on with their lives. Sean is now a police officer, Jimmy a reformed mobster who spends a few years in jail and changes when his wife dies while he is away, leaving him to raise their daughter Katie. Dave is married but hasn't done much with his life, still harboring the pain of his past. All three of these men's lives come together again when a teenaged Katie is murdered; Sean is the lead investigator, Jimmy is wracked by grief and guilt, and Dave becomes increasingly unraveled as many of his secrets become exposed. Powerfully written with unforgettable and complex characters, this is one of the best suspense books I have read in a very long time. Each character seems so real they almost come off the page. You empathize with them; shake your head at their weaknesses but care about each one. The language is real, the situations are real and the question of morals and ethics is explored time and again. Good people do bad things; sometimes bad people can do good things, and there is a strong sense of karma throughout the book. The âwhat if' questions of making a different turn on a given day and the consequences are explored and the scars that are left on three boys as they mature into men is examined in their day by day reactions to Katie's death. I have never read Lehane before, but I plan to remedy that situation. I have A Drink Before the War on my TBR and I will definitely read that one very soon.
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Helpful Score: 3
Incredible book, I can't recommend this one enough. I, too, saw the movie first and loved it. The movie followed the book very closely and the book does the characters justice, that much more. The wives all have an integral part and the book is able to go into those depths that the movie would not have been able to. Nothing was left out of the movie, it's just more insight. Being in Dave's head in the book can't be duplicated and there was one scene in the movie that I found very powerful and was looking forward to reading it in the book: the scene toward the end between Sean Penn and Laura Linney-- a very chilling scene in the movie and very high impact in the book as well. I would re-read again in a few years.
scrapbooklady avatar reviewed Mystic River on + 472 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
"Mystic River" is a thoroughly intriguing book with characters that were three dimensional. Unfortunately I saw the movie prior to reading the book, which is not what I prefer to do since nearly every movie fails miserably in it representation of the book. However, I realized two things: the movie did a very good job of representing the book and the book was still fresh and new to me. Anyone who is looking for a great read to introduce them to a potentially new author, this is it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I saw the movie first and thought it was excellent but there is no comparison to reading this book. It is one of the best mystery thrillers I've ever read, a sad-but-true story of karma and "the sins of the father"...

Sean, Jimmy and Dave were thrown together as friends for about a year when they were 11. One day, a car drove up with two men in it. One boy got in and the other two didn't. What happened then and afterward touched their lives forever. They grew up, went in different directions and then were brought together again by a tragic murder.

Great book!
Pecos45 avatar reviewed Mystic River on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The story of three boys, once the best of friends, separated by a terrible event that changed their lives forever. Years later murder thrusts them together once more.
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renegadespiritcat avatar reviewed Mystic River on + 197 more book reviews
Terrific read, kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next, the description of the books characters lent a good color to the overall storyline.
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I enjoy this type of suspense novel. It was a page turner and I enjoyed reading it.
MediumDebbi avatar reviewed Mystic River on + 92 more book reviews
This was my book of the month for October! A murder mystery but much more and deeper than most murder mysteries as the people are much more real and their death is much more felt and more final. Great story, I give it 4 stars!
zreader avatar reviewed Mystic River on + 51 more book reviews
My favorite Dennis Lehane novel, I loved it so much that I bought a second copy and made my boyfriend read it before we went to see the film (a gross disappointment). Anyway, incredibly well written, thought provoking, powerful story


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