Mystic River - Dennis Lehane

Mystic River

By Dennis Lehane

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 1.32 MB
Score: 4.5
From 349 Ratings

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The New York Times bestselling novel from Dennis Lehane is a gripping, unnerving psychological thriller about the effects of a savage killing on three former friends in a tightly knit, blue-collar Boston neighborhood.

When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into 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 who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay -- demons that urge him to do terrible things. When Jimmy's daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case. His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy, who finds his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave, who came home the night Jimmy's daughter died covered in someone else's blood.

A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty, faith and family, in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves.


  • Great!

    By AliHar
    I love the movie, cinematically perfect imho. But the book - so much deeper and moving. The focus on Dave and Celeste is perfect.
  • Mystic River

    By Peter 14
    One if the best books I have read in a very long time!!
  • Great story!

    By MeMaJoMy
    Starts fast and takes turns u don't see coming.
  • Mystic River

    By Super-Gav
    This book is one of the best books I've read. It was suspenseful, sad, and very thrilling. The movie was great too.
  • Mystic river

    By Renegade driver
    This book is full of the F.... Word. Totally uncalled for. The story line is good. Sometimes it's hard to follow the action. I would not recommended this book to anyone who does not like to read swear words every few pages. It's just not good enough to overlook the bad language.
  • Sooo good!

    By Sooo good!
    Amazing gripping writing. So honest and real. Haven't seen the movie, but can't imagine it being better.
  • Stellar!

    By SuperApple8
    I could not put this down once I started reading it. I've never seen the film version, but even from what I know of it winning Academy Awards and what not, it couldn't hold a candle to this book. Loved it!
  • Amazing

    By EttaTron
    I remember seeing the movie many years ago and thinking it was awful and that maybe it was a hard book to adapt to film. Finally got around to reading the book and it's AMAZING. The different perspectives, the depth of the characters and the multitude of emotions you the reader will endure, I guarantee you'll stay up waaay past your bedtime reading "just one more chapter." Highly recommend!
  • Love love love this book!!

    By Bushra ;)
    This book was great! I kept remembering specific scenes days after I read it, and this rarely happens. I smiled, got angry, and even shed tears while reading this book. If you're looking for a great book with suspense, love, sadness, and the acts of human nature then this is it! The characters were well developed and I managed to fall in love with or hate every single one of them. It is a beautifully written book that deals with the aftermath of loss/death, and just how far a fathers love would go to avenge his daughters death.
  • Mystic River

    By Fun Dash
    Few books effect me like this one did. I saw the movie when it came out years ago. My brother told me to read the book. I just did. Lehane has a masterful ability to punch you in the gut. Kafka related that the harder you tried to figure it all out, the further away you got from it all. Lehane gets you away from it all, but after the last page, you feel you've pulled a little ratty strand that uncoils a little something that just might relate to this thing we call the human condition. Bravo, Lehane. Bravo.