Friday, March 26, 2010

Review: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Shutter Island
Author: Dennis Lehane
Publication: Harper; Reprint edition (August 25, 2009)
Product Description: The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new ­partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.
My Thoughts: This was really a weird book. Of course, I was expecting a weird book. I was told that the movie was similar to A Beautiful Mind and The Sixth Sense. I was expecting things to not be as they seemed. Even so, I found the book to be baffling. I'm still not sure what was real and what was happening in the characters mind. I thought that the description of the treatment of mental illness in the 1950s was almost as interesting as the plot itself. What a horrible time to be mentally ill! If you are looking for a book to entertain you while messing with your mind, this is the book for you.
Now, I have to decide if I want to see the movie. Right now, not so much. It sounds like it could be incredibly scary. Personally, I'm looking for a "fluffy bunny" type movie now. Does Disney have anything new out?
Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, 2010 E-Book Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. This book is right at the top of my TBR list. I just ordered it and can't wait for it to come in. I love baffling books that mess with your mind. It's so fun for me! haha.


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