Mystic River - Dennis Lehane

Dave would nod and wonder if there was something about him - some mark on his face that he couldn´t see - which made everyone want to hurt him. Like those guys in the car. Why had they picked him? How had they known he´d climb in that car, and that JImmy and Sean wouldn´t?


I´m only two chapters into the novel and I feel like I have taken a massive punch to the gut. Being abducted and (possibly) sexually abused by two strangers (I still don´t know what happened exactly to Dave just yet) is the most horrible thing ever imaginable and should be more than enough to break a child.

But the way he is treated at school afterwards, all that teasing and the loneliness that Dave has to endure, that is really what gets to me. Children can be so cruel at times.