… the suspicious rumors circulating around an isolated mental asylum? This forms the premise of Dennis Lehane’s classic work, Shutter Island. Two US Marshalls are sent to Shutter Island in order to investigate an escaped prisoner from a mental asylum for the criminally insane, but their investigation indicates that there is something far stranger at work here. Is it experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs? Are the patients all being used as test subjects? Or is it something else entirely?
The best part of the novel for me was the plot twist at the end of the book. I had an idea of where the story was going (even though I haven’t seen the movie yet), but it was still extremely satisfying to see it play out. And there’s quite a bit of ambiguity left over at the end, leaving me to wonder what actually happened.
Even if you’ve already seen the movie, give Shutter Island (or any of Lehane’s other novels) a try. His plots are complex, his characters are vivid, and his writing is gritty and precise – a great suggestion for fans of dark, psychological mysteries. I wish I had discovered Dennis Lehane sooner.
Reviewed by Katie (staff)