Mystic River - Dennis Lehane

Mystic River

By Dennis Lehane

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 537 Ratings


This New York Times bestseller 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.


  • Amazing!!

    By Cathy0112
    This book was amazing!! I loved it from beginning to end. I loved all of the characters and the setting. Overall, just great!
  • massive depth

    By 001.sofia
    killer novel
  • Great Read

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    Pretty good and nicely written
  • Haunting

    By whereissandra
    Really enjoyed this book.
  • 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.