Shutter Island

This is going to be an unpopular opinion, from what I’ve seen on Litsy and Goodreads, but I was disappointed in this book. It’s my first Dennis Lehane and I received it in a thriller/horror themed book exchange, and it’s touted as a great psychological thriller. I kind of wish I’d seen less hype and enthusiasm for it, as maybe that would have  managed  my expectations a little better.

The premise is two U.S. Marshals head to an island which is basically a prison/hospital for the criminally insane to investigate a missing patient. All is not what it seems on Shutter Island, and Teddy Daniels, the lead investigator, has a secret agenda of his own. I won’t say more, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who wishes to give this a chance.

Now, I will admit that I did not guess all of the details surrounding the resolution to the book, but I knew there would be a twist, and I guessed some of it. Knowing that there had to be something along those lines coming, took the tension out of the tale and as I read the last hundred and fifty pages, I mostly just wanted the book to be over so I could move onto other things. I had only a vague interest in the plot details. Maybe the book was groundbreaking when it was first published, and maybe I would have been on the edge of my seat had I read it then, but I did not and I was not.

~ by Rachel on October 22, 2018.

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