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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane *****

I have a big interest in books that involve mysteries to begin with, and when Mrs. K suggested this book to me I was a little skeptical at first. The book was kind of slow to start get interesting, but like most once it hits a certain point you just want to keep on reading it until you’ve finished it and this was one of those books.

The book had an interesting plot with a very unique setting as well, because not all books are set on an insane asylum that lies off the coast on an island. I loved all of the book, except for the beginning because it usually frustrates me to get to know all of the characters at first. My favorite part of the book is the end. It threw a huge plot twist into the book, and made everything make sense in the end and overall it was a great way to end the book. But with the ending it also left a lot of other questions unanswered just from the last few pages.

It made me think that there is the possibility that there could be a sequel to all of this. I believe in this because through the whole book the main character is identified as this great guy who is a U.S. Marshal who is looking at first for the actual suspect, but then for a prisoner for revenge. But near the end it turns out he’s this whole other person who is actually a terrible person. So are we supposed to believe this, or should we listen to the last few pages where Teddy starts to talk as himself again instead of being Laedis?

Overall I loved the book and possibly would consider reading it again more than likely in the distant future.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.