Monday, January 25, 2010

Book Review: Shutter Island

Being as I'm rather confined to my house, I've been doing a lot of reading lately.

Figure I might as well share my opinions with my favorite people on the Internet.

Shutter Island, as most people not living under a rock would know, is a book which has since been made into a movie by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It hasn't come out yet, but with previews fresh in my mind, I got someone to pick me up a copy at the local bookstore.

It's a quick and enticing read, only taking about 3 hours of my life. Dennis Lehane is a fantastic crime writer and the entire book read as though it were a vivid screenplay. I honestly think it may very possibly make a better movie than book (A RARE PHENOMENON). I love reading about crime, violence, insanity, and all those shenanigans but I felt like I saw this ending coming about 4,000 miles away. Even though it seemed obvious, I still ended up somewhat confused, as though there were loose ends hanging about.

Either way, it was a decent way to spend a sickly afternoon, but I kind of regret it as a purchase. It's one of those books that if you got it at a library you would rave about it to others, purely because it's a one-time experience. Chances are I will never have any desire to re-read this book, which knocks it down a few levels on my beloved bookshelf. I'll probably try to pawn it off on other people.

I give it....a 7 out of 10 (likely only because the last book I read was so boring!).



Anonymous said...

I can't read when I'm sick...I can't concentrate. I watch TV with the sound off...Feel better Annie

Annie said...

Thanks Maureen,
You're so sweet.
Someday this will go away...I know it will.