Book Review: Mystic River

There are few books that open up strong and keep that same energy throughout the rest of the book. Mystic River by Denise Lehane is one of those books.

It was a normal day like any other until it wasn’t. Three boys were hanging out in their neighborhood when a car driving by stops right in front of them. Two guys get out of the vehicle and kidnap one of the boys and drive away.

That scene sets up everything that happens 25 years later involving the same three boys. They have gone different ways but a girl murdered in the park at night ties all of them together. A father is out looking for vengeance, a cop is trying to solve the case, and another is trying to make amends for what happened 25 years ago

I also ended up watching the movie and I have to say, I was very impressed. Not many movies are as good as the book but this one was. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins do a great job and really sell the story. Plus, who doesn’t love hearing actors doing the Boston accent on screen!

The book won the Dilys Award in 2002, an award given to to the best mystery novel of the year that booksellers enjoyed selling. It also won a bunch of Academy Awards for the movie in 2003.

If that doesn’t make you want to pick the novel, then I don’t know what will. I enjoyed every page of the book and love reading books by Lehane. He knows how to set up the scene and tell the perfect mystery!

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