Ok, I know I promised to write about Mystic River, and I will, but I just finished Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, and OMG…it was amazing. I actually liked it more than Mystic River, mainly because it messes with you head more…so…onto the review!
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 a patient. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.
What I liked:
- I loved Chuck, he played his part really well plus he provided a lot of the much needed comic relief throughout
- I liked how the back stories weren’t told through flashback but rather through dreams and character sharing, it helped make everything a little less confusing plus, once you get to the end, really interesting seeing how Teddy’s head worked
- With Mystic River I figured out the twists and plot line fairly early, with Shutter Island it took a little more time and I still wasn’t overly sure of the whole story until the very end. I was glad that we were fed the clues and teased along
- I loved Teddy Daniels, and I think you’re meant to fall in love with him to make his ending just that more tragic
- The Warden was weird…and almost not really necessary.