Thursday, January 15, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday: Shutter Island

I know you’re all anxiously awaiting my Book 1 post for Project 84. It should be up by tomorrow. Until then…I am strangely excited for my first #ThrowbackThursday post. I wasn’t sure how this would go…or if I would be able to get away from my typical format to a more personal style. I guess that will be up to you – but I thought I would try casual at least once before I write it off.

For this #ThrowbackThursday, I won’t be throwing back too far. This particular novel takes me back about five years, to when I first moved to Connecticut.

A lot of people reading these blogs already know my stories. Many of you probably know the details of how I came to live here, and what I do. But just in case I have any new readers, or anyone who isn’t in tune with the idiosyncrasies of my life story (I know, shocker!), here it goes.

When I graduated from college in May of 2009, I knew what I wanted to do. It’s a heady thing, knowing what you want, not feeling torn in a million different directions. For me, all of college had been leading to one point. Internships, jobs, activities, classes – they were all designed with a specific goal in mind:

I wanted to work in sports television.

And in May of 2009, I was the luckiest girl in the world. I was 2 weeks away from moving to Connecticut to start my dream job, and I was so ready.

By September of that same year, things were still good…but it was hard. I was in a brand new place, I missed my friends, I missed college, I missed my family. My job was great, but I was finding myself pining for so many things. I wanted to escape. So I turned my old, trust friend- the library – to provide that escape.

And I discovered Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

It was the first novel I read after moving to Connecticut, and to say I loved it was an understatement. I raced through it. Couldn’t stop reading it, didn’t want to stop, and I completely lost myself in the story.

It’s hard to talk too much about this book without ruining what makes it so good. It’s a mystery. A detective arrives on “Shutter Island” – where the only inhabitants live in a mental institution – to investigate the disappearance of one of the patients. After beginning his investigation, he starts to discover that there is more to Shutter Island than meets the eye.

How’s that for a teaser line? Hey, I do this for a living, people! ;)

But it’s even better than it sounds. It’s not a typical detective novel, it’s not a typical psychological thriller. And, above all else, it’s amazingly well written. To the point where it was hard to believe I just stumbled on the novel.

Maybe this book hit me at the right time of my life. Maybe it just appeared when I needed an escape, and needed something to distract me from a stressful everyday existence. But I can’t recommend this book enough. The movie is great…but the book is better. There’s just so much more internal struggle than could ever be properly put on film, and you should read it.

So that’s my #ThrowbackThursday. The book was published in 2003, but it came into my life in 2009. And if you haven’t read it, I hope I can introduce it into your life now.

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