She smiled darkly and shook her head. "I’m not crazy. I’m not. Of course what else would a crazy person claim? That’s the Kafkaesque genius of it all. If you’re not crazy but people have told the world you are, then all your protests to the contrary just underscore their point. Do you see what I’m saying?"
From the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby Gone comes a brilliant psychological thriller that defines and at the same time breaks the very fine line between insanity and a sound mind.
U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels was sent to investigate an unlikely escape of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. Knitting together clues, Teddy was then convinced that the doctors and the staff are all setting him up for something, but he has no clue what, until the end.
I think I spoiled myself on this one because I saw the movie adaptation of the book a year ago. I think if I read this before I watched the movie, the blows that I got from the stunning story twists should have been twice as strong. Nevertheless, this was a very compelling read and Teddy will, in all likelihood have to be added to my list of favorite characters. I cannot detail much more than that without giving spoilers away, so I’ll leave characterization at that.
Dennis Lehane deserves a two thumbs up for conceiving Shutter Island, he puts so much emotion into his characters in a way that readers will unconsciously put their feet on the shoes of every character, think like them in a way that they will permanently cease to understand that what they’re reading, bizarre and insane most of the time, is obviously more than meets the eye. I’ve only read few books which are at the same notch with Shutter Island.
On a different vein, I felt like I was only reading my Psychiatric Nursing book when I was devouring this one, with all the defense mechanisms, Tofranil and therapeutic communication at every page, I really enjoyed reading Shutter Island. In a very simple sense, Shutter Island was set in the time that psychiatrists are battling about the idea of embracing a new approach of treating psychiatric patients, from barbaric measures to the medical era where patients are treated with medicines, specifically anti-psychotic drugs rather than forcing an orbitoclast to your skull.
At the end, readers will realize that the book is not chaos at all; it is a well formed, intricately layered plot with a very firm foundation that will obviously stir the mind of the readers even after the very last page.