“Shutter Island” Book Review

“If you are deemed insane, then all actions that would otherwise prove you are not do, in actuality, fall into the framework of an insane person’s actions. Your sound protests constitute denial. Your valid fears are deemed paranoia. Your survival instincts are labeled defense mechanisms. It’s a no-win situation. It’s a death penult really.”
– Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island

Title: Shutter Island
Author: Dennis Lehane
Published By: Harper Collins, 2003
Reviewed By: Jessica B

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 4/5 Stars

As a huge fan of the movie, staring Leonardo Dicaprio, I was so excited to read the book. I didn’t even realize it was a novel, until this past summer when a cousin of mine was reading it on our beach vacation. As soon as I got home, I ordered my copy from Thriftbooks and waited for it to arrive.

The book offers vastly more insight into Teddy’s mind and how his brain operates throughout the story. The reader experiences his thought processes more so than the movie can portray. This allows the reader to delve into Teddy’s mind and formulate opinions and theories based on the information given to them. Since I have seen the movie, I was unable to come up with my own theories as to the ending, which did take some of the suspense and thrill out of the experience. This is the main reason why I gave the book a 4 instead of a 5. I love trying to predict the ending of a story, and because I already knew the ending, I was unable to do that. I was able to see all the clues the author leaves the reader though, and that was a completely different experience.

Dennis Lehane uses thought-provoking descriptions in his novel that prompts the reader to question their own psychology. For me, I wanted to research more into pysch institutes and methods from the past to see the progression of treatments and theories. It made me realize that one of the most powerful things a book can do is make you want to learn more for the sake of learning for fun. Books can show a person what interests them and prompt them to read and learn more about a certain topic. No one is forcing it upon them, nor making them learn a concept because it’s required. Learning and reading for fun are two concepts that I think the world is losing, but are two things the world desperately needs.

21686.jpgAbout the Book:
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 patient. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this remote and 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 what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.

About the Author:
Dennis Lehane (born Aug 4th, 1966) is an American author. He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon (Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film). The novel was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award and won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, and France’s Prix Mystere de la Critique. You can visit his website at http://www.dennislehanebooks.com.

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