Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A mystery set in an asylum for the criminally insane during the days of shock therapy, lobotomies, and pharmaceutical LSD makes for plenty of disturbing supporting characters. A hurricane takes a classic horror setting and makes it more dangerous for the US Marshals sent to investigate an inmate/patient who's gone missing. This is a LOT of background to tell a story in front of, but Lehane does a good job of making the plot every bit as complex as his location - maybe too good of a job. The story twists, and twists, and twists some more, but that's because there's really not a lot of room for forward movement before everything becomes clear. This is a very good gothic read, but the mystery is a little weak.
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