Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South, Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington
Country Matters by Michael Korda
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce
Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett
Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder
The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan

Favorites of the first half of 2018
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 02, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 09, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 16, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 23, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 30, 2018)
June 2018 Sources
June 2018 Summary

Road Essays
Are small towns uhoric or utopic?
An update on the road narrative reading
Road Narrative Spectrum
What isn't a road narrative: towards an ontological understanding of the road's importance

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Mystic River: 07/04/18

Mystic River

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane opens with a scene of three boys growing up in a working class neighborhood. There's Sam, Jimmy and Marcus. They're thinking about taking a joy ride when a pair of cops pulls up and orders them into the car. One complies and the other two runs off. Turns out they weren't cops. The boy survives and does return home.

Everything else takes place decades later in the aftermath of this initial crime. The actual mystery though, is the murder of the daughter of one of those now grown up boys. Her murder has to be investigated by one of the other now grown up boys. Her death stirs up old bad feelings and whatnot.

I know lots of people love this book and love the film. I haven't seen the film. I suspect I would like it more as a film. As a mystery, it bored me to tears. Other reviews mention that there's no formula except that there is. It's a horror formula applied to a police procedural.

I honestly don't care that there's a formula — it's part of the genre. I just wasn't compelled to turn the pages like I was with Shutter Island.

Two stars

Comments (6)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Comment #1: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 01:17:29


"horror formula applied to a police procedural"

Hmm, I think I find that to be a compelling description. ;) I've watched Mystic River; it's good, but such a downer of a movie. I've read and watched both Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone by Lehane, but I've not yet gotten to Mystic River.

Comment #2: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 22:43:00


Moviewise, I've only seen Shutter Island. I've neither read nor seen Gone Baby Gone. At this point I think I'm not interested in reading more of Lehane's books.

Comment #3: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11:56:10


Shutter Island is the stand-out of the bunch, imo.

Comment #4: Monday, July 16, 2018 at 21:13:00


I'm getting that impression.

Comment #5: Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 19:53:30

herding cats

Ah yeah not good if it bores you to tears. That's too bad. It sounds like it would have some potential.

Comment #6: Monday, July 16, 2018 at 21:15:00


Lots of readers have enjoyed it. You might. If you think you would like it you should give it a go.

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis