Rating: 5 out of 5.

shutter island by dennis lehane

mystery/thriller, 400 PP

Before there was the rash of women and girls featured in psychological thrillers, Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, The Woman at the Window (over-worked theme much?) there was Shutter Island. As a psych major, I’ve always been interested in the inner mind gone mad, triggered by trauma. I don’t think there is a better example than Shutter Island. The twist toward the end of the novel made me sit up and scream OMG, OMG (before OMG was a thing). The movie adaption was well done, too. Of course, cast Leo DiCaprio as the leading man and it’s hard to go wrong. And filming some scenes in the town next to us at a closed mental health hospital didn’t hurt either. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book. Be prepared to delve into the world of madness. You may or may not come out the other side intact.

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Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

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