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Gesloten kamer by Dennis Lehane
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Apr 19, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: in-dutch, thriller-mystery
Read from April 17 to 19, 2011

There’s something strangely dual about ‘Shutter Island’. While the plot and its ending are eerie, well thought through and utterly fascinating, its executing is amazingly poor. It feels as though the novel was written by two different people, one doing the research and putting together the basic, clever outline, the second taking that frame and turning it into its final form. What the reader finally holds in his hands is constructed entirely of weak, messy and dialogue that feels out its set period, while the rest of the descriptions and metaphors are wobbly and at times downright confusing.

Which is a real shame. At its core, ‘ Shutter Island’ is a fantastically creepy story about two detectives sent to a hospital for the criminally insane to find a patient who has seemed to have disappeared into thin air. Not only the gothic setting of the building itself, build on a densely tree-covered island or the mysterious doctors at work there create a sense of dread and gloominess. There’s a thunderstorm, fever dreams and secrets, which all add to the tense atmosphere of what could be a very scary thriller. Yet, all of these elements aren’t enough to save this book in the end.

After a series of very well written novels about his detective duo Kenzie & Gennaro and his previous story 'Mystic River', it’s mindblowing to see Lehane write as poorly and uncomfortable as he does here.

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