Review: Mystic River

Mystic RiverMystic River by Dennis Lehane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What did I think of Mystic River? I wonder why it took me so long to read this story, or to discover Dennis Lehane.  That’s what I think.

Many of us have seen the movie based off the book directed by Clint Eastwood. I never did. Hit too close to home, that fictional loss of a daughter, Katie. Ten years later, those bugaboos are gone, and the story found me again.

Setting aside 10 years of technical improvements that date the story somewhat, the plot sweeps you along, dumping you in with the main character when they are 11 years old, and not spitting you back up on shore until it’s all said and done thirty years later.  Lehane deftly weaves together the lives of the three men, their families and their neighborhood in Boston.  Their choices, old and new, become time bombs, never quite forgotten, ticking away.

Lehane’s prose is descriptive, rich, and sometimes sentimental without ever becoming maudlin or mawkish. He has an almost-gentle way of holding up and exposing the characters’ dark sides that is nothing less than brilliant. It’s clear he knows his location, and his research was extensive. There were no missteps, no time when I grew bored with the storyline, no point where I put down the book to do something more interesting. Mystic River is 448 pages of fabulously gripping storytelling.

Cannot wait to read some of his other works. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about a new-to-me author. What took me so long??

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