Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (Book Review)

Mystic RiverMystic River by Dennis Lehane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You ever think how the most minor decision can change the entire direction of your life? Like, say you miss your bus one morning, so you buy that second cup of coffee, buy a scratch ticket while you’re at it. The scratch ticket hits. Suddenly you don’t have to take the bus anymore. You drive to work in a Lincoln. But you get in a car crash and die. All because you missed your bus one day. I’m just saying there are threads, okay? Threads in our lives. You pull one, and everything else gets affected.”

I finally read this. Oh. My. God.

Even though I’d seen the movie years and years ago, and already knew whodunit and what happens, this is one of the top three mystery/detective/psych thrillers I have ever read. Ever. Even if I did keeping putting Sean Penn’s face instead of Kevin Bacon’s onto book-character Sean.

My first Dennis Lehane book, but it will not be my last.

And when I was texting my son Monster to tell him how good this book was and how he just has to read it right away, he texted me back that he happened to be in Barnes and Noble at that very moment and was trying not to die laughing because someone had just asked the clerk if George Orwell “had a new book out.”

This is why it’s important to talk about books.

And why Sean is a great name, because that’s Monster’s name, too.

So name your kid Sean, and read books, and talk about books, and go read this book.

Bookshelves: detective, grittiest-reality, police-procedural, psych-thriller, this-is-the-stuff-right-here, mystery

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Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

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