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Are You Looking for a Great Mystery? Shutter Island-Book Review

We are always pleased to recieve a post from Megan McClain as she has a refreshing fun writing style. Today she has a great review of the book, Shutter Island.

Megan is currently a senior at Eastern High School. One of her favorite activities is to write, and she is strongly considering a career in journalism or communications. For her senior year she will be on the writing team at her school and will also take a creative writing class. She enjoys growing and learning in this field and hopes that her writing can help out at least one person, even if it is just a suggestion on what next to read. Megan is inspired by anything and everything around her, and writing is what she uses to show others inspiration too. Megan has visited many colleges and has not yet decided on where she will attend. However, whatever her future brings she knows it will include writing.


Close your eyes and imagine a place where prison is unavoidable. The bars that keep you from the world are not only on your window, but in your mind. For the people who find their way onto Shutter Island are not put into Ashecliffe Hospital for simply breaking the law. Ashecliffe, is for the criminally insane.

From the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island has captured the attention of readers everywhere. It's not so subtle creepy charm has lead readers into an irresistible journey onto an island no one ever wants to visit. The book begins with U.S. Marshall Edward "Teddy" Daniels, and his partner Chuck Aule. Set in 1954, Teddy and Chuck have been called to Ashecliffe to investigate the disappearance of the patient Rachel Solando, who has escaped the hospital and vanished from the barren island despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant supervision. After a day of digging, Teddy seems to be getting nowhere with little help from the hospital staff. One of the clues he has unconvered is a poster found in the room of the escaped patient, and on the poster is yet another maddening obstacle he must resolve.

Not only is Teddy trying to grasp and explain the impossible disappearance of Rachel, but he is also battling his rough past which is a constant intrusion into his everyday life. Vivid memories of World War Two and Dachau are visted through out his stay on the island. Teddy soon reveals the main reason he took on the investigation was to avenge the death of his wife, Dolores. He was told that one of the inmates on the island is Andrew Laeddis, the murderer himself.

Lehane's book is a constant question you will be dying to find the answer to. Not only is the story filled with suspense, but the mystery of how and why will keep you reading for hours. His detailed and vibrant writing style takes the world from the page to your living room, and he will have you guessing till the end.

I very much encourage anyone looking for a good mystery to find this book and read it. It will keep you occupied and maybe even a little distracted, for you will not want to put down Shutter Island.


Reader Comments (2)

Thank you for the insightful review. Very interesting. I've only seen the movie, but I have talked to others who have told me that the books is much more intriguing since it takes you into his head. Have you seen the movie? And how would you compare it? I'd be interested to hear.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeagan Oliver

Julia, thanks for including Megan's post on your blog. I have heard about Shutter Island but have never seen such an in-depth, well-written review. Looks like Megan is well on her way to becoming the journalist she aspires to be.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Weishaar

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