June 18, 2004
SHUTTER ISLAND, by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow, 2003). Dennis Lehane became a household name with MYSTIC RIVER, a powerful but flawed novel that became a powerful but flawed (and overlong) film by Clint Eastwood, but as far as I’m concerned SHUTTER ISLAND is a better book. This one gripped me from page one. Lehane has a gift for evoking time and place, his writing is never less than vivid and evocative, and the plot here is taut and twisted, with a resolution that feels like a punch in the gut.