Sunday, August 27, 2017

A review of Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Today is usually our Mama's Muse day but we haven't been able to get on the blog as often, which we'll write about next week. But today we're going to feature our expert reviewer, Jaimie. 

She's done a stellar job with this one. Shutter Island was a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and, from Jaimie's review, she liked it too. I hope, as always, that you enjoy her insight and thoughts about this psychological thriller.


All I can say to start this off is- damn. The average psychological thriller usually has a strong impact, but, man, Shutter Island left me staring at a wall while questioning my own existence and sanity. The multi-award winning Dennis Lehane truly has a way with words that will leave you with goosebumps. In fact, there’s not a moment in Lehane’s nightmarish storytelling where you’re not at the edge of your seat, guessing what will happen next, almost begging for mercy.

I feel the best way to enjoy this brilliant novel is to go in knowing nothing. Sadly, the ending was spoiled for me a while back and I was unable to experience the full gut-punching twists that were beautifully executed. However, even knowing how things would turn out, I was still gasping at the climax.

Without giving away too much, the plot is quite a one of a kind of it’s genre. We get to hear inside the mind of troubled U.S. Marshal, Teddy Daniels. He and his partner, Chuck, are sent to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane in ‘54. There, they have to locate a missing patient, Rachel, whose disappearance seems suspiciously like an inside job. The two officers will soon find out the patient’s case is not the only thing peculiar about the asylum…

I strongly recommend reading the novel before seeing the movie. The attractive Leonardo Dicaprio starring as Teddy is definitely tempting, but trust me, it will be worth waiting for. You will get to grow (or regress, in a certain case) alongside the characters more. It’s probably also worth mentioning that Shutter Island is best for mature, older teens/young adult audiences.

I would like to thank Mr. Lehane for the best novel I’ve read in ages. Now, I think I’m going to go back to staring at a wall for a couple hours.

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