Friday, September 11, 2009

Leo DiCaprio stars in this soon-to-be-released psychological thriller!

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane is one of the best, most gripping thrillers I've read in a long while. My typical evening routine includes reading until about 11pm or so, then shutting off my nightlight and going to sleep. I started reading Shutter Island around 9pm, read for a while, then turned off my light around 11pm. I COULDN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT, however, so I turned my light on again and read until 1:30am! I finished it the next day. This is very atypical behavior for me, and I've spent the last three months trying to convince everyone I know to read it. And now it's your turn to be convinced. It's awesome, awesome, awesome.
The novel begins with U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner arriving at a small island off the coast of Boston, which is home to a federal institution for the criminally insane (and really, who doesn't love a federal institution for the criminally insane?). One of the inmates turned up missing, so the marshals have been brought out to help with the search. Nothing is as it seems, however, and the reader is twisted and turned one chapter after another until, finally, the last chapter is over and you are left in wonderment at the brilliant and bizarre mind of our Mr. Lehane. The mark of a true genius is when, after the final chapter is read, two readers can discuss and DISAGREE about what even happened. This happened to me and my husband; he thought one thing, and I another. As indicated in the title of this post, Leonardo DiCaprio is starring in the film version of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorcese. Oh yes, you know it's gonna be good.
One of the best books I've read this year, I'm giving Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane 4 out of 4 Bananas!


Junior Staci said...

Wow. Besides the fact that I LOVE Leo DiCaprio, this book seems really, really interesting.. So, it's like an asylum then? I've seen the commercial for the movie, and isn't it true that the Marshalls are soon trapped on the island or something?
Either way, it seems amazing. I'll try my hardest to make time to read it. :]

Mrs. Duell said...

Hi Junior Staci, great to see you here again! Thanks for you comment. *Shutter Island* was awesome, and I definitely think that you would enjoy it! I got it from Brookfield Public Library. You're right about the marshals being trapped on the island, but you won't believe how or why. I love books that don't take the obvious route to a simple story. A lot of thought and, I'm sure, trial-and-error went into this novel! Post back if you read it- I would love to hear what YOU think happened at the end! Mrs. Duell

EmberWriterGirl said...

I am soo glad that RB has a place to settle in and talk about books! I am a book nerd, I'll admit it! I also LOVE writing. I am writing my own novel and cannot wait to see it at RB's library! Some of my favorite authors are Stephenie Meyer, Anna Godbersen, Shannon Hale, Sarah Dessen and Amanda Kostro. Oh, and btw I am a freshmen, Amber Powers.

Mrs. Duell said...

Hi EmberWriterGirl! Thanks for your comment, and I'm glad you've found the blog. If you're interested in talking about books, Ms. Harsy (English teacher) and I are going to be starting a Book Club pretty soon. Stay tuned for more info! Very cool that you're writing your own novel, and I love that Amanda is one of your favorite authors; she is one talented lady! Mrs. Duell

D. Fritz said...

I just started to read this, based on your recommendation. I need to quit doing stuff like WORK and just settle in for a long session of READING!