Thursday, May 25, 2023

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Thank you for joining my on Book Beginnings on Fridays! Please share the opening sentence (or so) from the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy or you otherwise want to highlight. 


When Sean Devine and Jimmy Marcus were kids, their fathers worked together at the Coleman Candy plant and carried the stench of warm chocolate back home with them.
-- from Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. 

That's a great opening sentence, in my opinion, because it immediately pulls you into the story. You know the two main characters will be Sean and Jimmy; you know they have history together but are now adults; and you get a hint at their lives from the fact that their fathers worked in a factory, so you know they grew up with a blue collar background. I'm not sure "stench" and chocolate ever go together, but that's a quibble.

I am glad I finally read this one! It has been on my TBR shelf a long time. I finally read it as one of my TBR 23 in '23 books


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From Mystic River:
“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."

Have you read this book? Or seen the movie? What did you think?



  1. I agree with all your points about the opening. I like how succinctly it conveys information about the characters. Have a great weekend!

  2. I read the book and saw the movie years ago. It's a good one. Have a great weekend!

  3. I remember all the discussion when the book came out, but I've never read it. That is a great opening.

  4. I've seen this everywhere lately. Happy weekend!

  5. I haven't read the book or seen the movie, but have heard about it. I agree that opening line packs a ton of information into just one sentence and makes me interested.

    1. I love an opening sentence that pulls you right into the story.

  6. Both of those excerpts pull me in. My brain ignored the word "stench" and just focused on warm chocolate. Lol. :)

  7. I really like Dennis Lehane's writing style. I read Mystic River years ago and loved it. I am glad you liked it too! I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. I haven't read a lot of books by him, but those I've read -- Shelter Island and Live by Night are the two I recall -- were both excellent.


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