WEEKLY WONDER: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (#6)

Welcome to Weekly Wonder.

This week’s wonder is:

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane cover



When US Marshal Teddy Daniels, along with his new partner, goes to Ashecliff Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient, Rachel Solando, he finds more than he expected to find and discovers a secret that challenges his very perception of the world.


“Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man?”

“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?”

“Maybe there are some things we were put on this earth not to know.”

“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?”

“If you are deemed insane, then all actions that would otherwise prove you are not do, in actuality, fall into the framework of an insane person’s actions. Your sound protests constitute denial. Your valid fears are deemed paranoia. Your survival instincts are labeled defense mechanisms. It’s a no-win situation. It’s a death penalty really.”


  • The suspense that is maintained throughout the novel.
  • The way it makes you challenge everything you thought to be true.
  • The twist near the end.
  • The twist at the end.
  • Teddy’s decisions.
  • How a psychological thriller like this one also manages to have every element of a good detective novel.
  • The wordplay throughout the novel.
  • The unique ability of the ending to make you want to read the book again.

Well, I hope you like the book.

Do you want to read the book? What made you want to read it? Let me know in the comments!

Have you already read the book? Or have you read it after reading this post? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!(No spoilers please!)

Happy Reading!


PS: Sorry I’m late. I’ve been really busy with school but I’ll try to be more punctual in the future.


8 thoughts on “WEEKLY WONDER: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (#6)

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  2. I loved Shutter Island as well! It just took a different direction from what I assumed while reading the book. I think it would have been more interesting if Lehane focused more on the brain-picking procedures at the hospital. Extremely creepy, I know, but in an interesting way. What do you think?

    Have you read other thrillers? Could you recommend some to me?

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    1. I absolutely loved Shutter Island too. We actually saw the movie as part of our Psychology course and after watching it, I had to read the book. The brain-picking procedures were a great red herring and yes, if Lehane had focused on them, it would have made a good book regardless but I feel the twist makes it more interesting and it makes you go back and read the book again just to look for clues that you missed that could have helped you predict the end.

      I do read thrillers but not as much as other genres. I can recommend John Grisham’s The Firm. You can check out the Weekly Wonder for that here: https://ultimatelibrophile.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/weekly-wonder-the-firm-by-john-grisham-8/
      The Partner and The Pelican Brief by John Grisham are also great thrillers. If you want, I can do the next two Weekly Wonders on those two so you can see if you like them. Let me know!


  3. Jeannie,
    There is more surprise and suspense than this book in my latest post for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Eagerly awaiting to read your reply………………….
    Wishing you all the best………..

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