I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

My Pick this week is:



Published Feb 2001 by William Morrow

My Rating: 5/5 stars

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. 


Well , Dennis Lehane, one of my very favorite authors, has now had 2 books profiled on my Throwback Thursday post!!  I was chilled by this story. The 3 boys just hanging out doing what young boys do when that car pulls up and nothing is ever the same! What I find extra interesting about this story is that the premise is based on an actual event in Dennis Lehane’s real life. I heard him speak when I attended a book signing about 3 years ago at a local university (yes I fangirled all evening) and he told how the idea for this story came about…when he was a young boy he and 2 friends had an incident with a stranger in a car and while everything turned out fine (the man ended up being a cop I believe) the feelings, especially his mother’s reaction, stayed with him and many years later became the basis for this fantastic book and then a movie. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I remember not figuring out any part of the mystery!! Always a plus. To me, this is what a psychological thriller is all about and I loved everything about it!!

Happy Reading!

Have you read this or think you’d like to? I’d love to hear from you in the comments

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  1. Hi Renee,

    I want to read this but I can’t shake the feeling I got from watching the movie. I can’t help but feel the book is going to be grimmer (? – more grim) If this is so, then, like is the case for a lot of books, I’ll wait until I’m in the mood.

    I can hear your review chanting in the background, “Read it, Read it, Read it”

    Have An Amazing Throwback Thursday!!!

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    1. Hi Victor! I can’t remember many details of the book but I do think the book goes into way more than the movie. You’re right to think it’s more grim…I think that’s correct:)…than the movie. What I remember loving is his writing is excellent, the characters felt real and I couldn’t figure out ‘whodunit’ or what actually happened until the very end. Let me know if you end up reading it and have a great TBT yourself!!

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    1. HaHa I know!! I love crime fiction so much for that exact reason…I want to be on the edge of my seat and stressed out…Or crying😂 I don’t know what that says about me?! The movie…yes it’s so good, Clint Eastwood directed so it’s very well done.

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  2. Bffff, this is amazing, I didn’t know the car incident was based on his life! That part always gives me the creeps.. I don’t remember if in the book, there’s that last scene with Sean Penn’s wife character? I love that scene

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    1. Yes, I’ll DM you the story if you want:) That was one movie that really lived up to the greatness of the book I thought! Makes me want to watch it again:)


  3. I’ve only read one Lehane – Shutter Island – which I loved. I’m currently listening to Live by Night on audio, but as so often happens I’m not being as gripped by it as I would be if I was reading a paper copy. This one sounds great – somehow I must fit more Lehane in!

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    1. I loved Live by Night but I know what you’re saying, it’s a slower paced book and then the audio always slows things down even more I find. I’m listening to an audiobook now and I’m sure I could read at least 10 times faster than the narrator reads:)

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    1. I hope it’s this one when you dig it out:) If it is and you read it I’d love to hear your thoughts and you’re right it’s not often a story focuses on boys


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