Deary me, you should’ve heard me squeal when Shutter Island landed on my doorstep following another book-buying-binge online. In fact, I’d be surprised if you didn’t! I was SO excited to read this and just couldn’t contain myself. Fortunately it had been a long time since watching the movie so I’d forgotten a few details, but was still hoping the book wouldn’t be ruined by the film. Risking a spoiler let me just say that I equally liked them both!
Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
A brilliant concept for sure! The atmosphere in the book can been cut with a knife, it is dark, scary and claustrophobic; and I was happy not to be the one stuck on Shutter Island myself. Admittedly had I not seen the movie first, I would’ve struggled a bit to keep track of what’s happening. The realities were so twisted into each other I was constantly trying to find my bearings without losing my own mind.
The pacing was fast, the characters interesting and the plot was mind-blowing.
I will need to give this book another go, soon! I don’t normally re-read the books (due to the ever growing TBR shelf) but I feel like I missed bits first time around. I’ll also need to re-watch the film, it’s kickass!
4 out of 5 stars – an astounding psychological thriller (although slightly confusing)