Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane (22 December — 23 December)

I had seen a commercial or twelve for the movie adaptation of this book a while ago, but I decided I’d rather read the book instead, though I can’t remember why I decided that. So I got the book from the library, and then it languished on my shelf for three months, and then I decided the library would probably like me to stop checking books out for months on end and so I read it. Good job again, self.

The premise of this novel is that there’s a US Marshal called Teddy (short for Edward) Daniels who hops a ferry to Shutter Island with another Marshal to look into the disappearance of an inmate at the hospital/mental ward/jail-type institution on the island. The woman, called Rachel Solando, managed to escape from a teeny-tiny cell and past several guards without anyone noticing, so Daniels and Aule (the partner) think it was probably an inside job. As they’re looking into this case, Daniels is also looking into some retribution — he’s heard that the guy who set the fire that killed Daniels’s wife is locked up on Shutter Island, and he’d like to give him a little what-for. But neither investigation is proving easy, what with how everyone on the island is being a little secretive about just what exactly goes on there, and how there’s a convenient hurricane keeping Daniels and Aule stuck on this island for maybe a little longer than they thought…

I hate to admit it, but even though I should have seen the ending of this book coming, I did not. Not at all. And I liked that. I was so drawn in by Lehane’s storytelling that I forgot to be looking for all the inconsistencies in the stories told by the characters. So good! And so I don’t want to say too much about this book, because I want you to go read it and be surprised as well. Or you might not be surprised, because you’re keener than I am, but you should still enjoy the plot twists and turns without my help.

One thing, though, for the people who have read this already… what do you think of the choice of Laeddis for a surname? It’s either incredibly uncommon or nonexistant, which made the ending seem a little forced. If it had been the other way around, I would have believed it more.

Rating: 9/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2003)

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