Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shutter Island

The other day I finished reading "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane. 
From wikipedia:
"Note the plot hangs around the factual history of 1950s psychiatry and psychosurgery in some US hospitals – notably Dr. Freeman's practice of carrying out lobotomies with a spike shaped tool through the patient's eyesocket above the eyeball.[2]

In 1954, widower U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule go to Shutter Island on a ferry boat to the home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient, Rachel Solando, who has escaped the hospital and apparently the desolate island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant supervision."

Ok so it took me a while to really get into the book.  It seemed to drag in the beginning, or maybe my patience level wasn't as high as it should've been.  As I got further into the book, though, the plot started to get really intense and drew me in.  At that point it wasn't much longer before I finished the book.  The ending totally took me by surprise and made reading the whole book worth it.  I kind of want to see the movie adaptation of Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio (came out recently), but know that it's a suspenseful thriller so who knows how well I'll deal with it.

One of my resolutions for this year was to read 6 books, so at least now I'm down to 5!

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