Book Review: Shutter Island

Shutter Island
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm probably not the only person who thought Shutter Island was just a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I really enjoyed the movie and when I saw the book was on sale for $1.99 for the kindle, I figured I'd give it a read. The book and the movie run very parallel and are scary in their own ways. If you haven't seen the movie, I'd recommend reading the book. If you have seen the movie, you already know the story and it's probably not worth the effort; the plot runs so true to the book. I'm giving this book 4 stars because it has an original detective story that is also terrifying at the same time.

My favorite quotes:

"But someday, Marshal, and it's not far off, we'll medicate human experience right out of the human experience."

“The brain controls pain. It controls fear. Sleep. Empathy. Hunger. Everything we associate with the heart or the soul or the nervous system is actually controlled by the brain. Everything. What if you could control it?”

“Believe it or not, Marshal, I believe in talk therapy, basic interpersonal skills. I have this radical idea that if you treat a patient with respect and listen to what he's trying to tell you, you just might reach him.”

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