2007: 171. Shutter Island

“I haven’t laid eyes on the island in several years.  The last time was from a friend’s boat that ventured into the outer harbor, and I could see it off in the distance, past the inner ring, shrouded in the summer haze, a careless smudge of paint against the sky.”

Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane

Obviously I need to reevaluate my whole “I prefer cosy to hardboiled mysteries” thing, at least when they are written by Dennis Lehane, because I am crazy about these books.  Shutter Island is not part of the Kenzie and Gennaro series, but is a stand alone mystery, and is both well plotted and well written, and suspenseful as hell.  I sort of hate to say this, because it caught me so much by surprise and as such made the book such a thrill, but the ending is probably the best of any book I have read this year.  

The book takes place on the (fictional) Shutter Island in Boston harbor, on which the Federal government has turned an old civil war fort into a maximum security mental hospital for the criminally insane - the worst of the worst.  Two federal marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule are sent to the island to find a patient who has escaped.  As they get to the island, and find that the staff are stonewalling and the story gets stranger and stranger, a hurricane hits, trapping them on the island with the unhelpful staff and the most dangerous patients in the United States, trying to figure out just what happened to the missing Rachel Solando.

Such a good story - the suspense is killer and the setting could not be more conducive to a good mystery.  What is scarier than a spooky mental hospital, if not a spooky hospital in a hurricane?  Read it!

Recommended for:  Anyone who enjoys suspense novels, and anyone who likes a novel with a great ending.  Plus, they are making into a movie, maybe with Leonardo DiCaprio! Be on the vanguard!


Date/Place Completed: 11/1/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Library Book

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