“This world can only give me reminders of what I don’t have, can never have, didn’t have for long enough.”
Published seven years before the Scorsese adaption, and praised for its well-crafted storytelling, I held back on high expectations, but expectations nonetheless — mainly because I’d seen the film prior, and whilst impressed by the solid performances and plot twists, seeing why this book was chosen for film was something I hoped would not be, should I say, the complete opposite.
‘Shutter Island’ focuses on Teddy Daniels, an US Marshal sent to investigate the disappearance of one of the asylums patients, Rachel Solando. Along with his partner, Chuck, Teddy begins to discover strange clues pointing towards the truth, but it is one that might prevent him from ever leaving the island.
I’m usually wary around books that feature mental illness – more so when it is used only for plot and nothing else – but here it plays its part in snippets and towards the end of the book. So although part of me was still slightly deterred by it, the main plot stems from searching for the missing patient. Considering the time it’s set in (the 1950s), and the kind of attitude towards mental illness during that time, my need for it to be correctly represented could only go so far when it was not wholly so in that decade; not that it is wholly so in this decade either. Continue reading