Wednesday, March 24, 2010

An Engrossing But Predictable Thriller

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (HarperCollins, 2003, 380pp.)

US Marshal Teddy Daniels is sent to Shutter Island, home to the Ashecliff Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the possible escape of Rachel Solando, a patient who was committed for drowning her three children. None of the hospital staff seem very eager to help, and each clue brings more questions than answers to this baffling case. Who can Teddy trust? Is Ashecliff Hospital what it seems? Teddy is a sympathetic and complex tragic hero, one whom readers will root for until the very last page. While Shutter Island proves to be an engrossing psychological thriller, it unfortunately does not add anything new to the genre. The story’s “twist” is one that has become so formulaic, some readers may figure out the truth long before the big reveal at the end.

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