#BestsellerCode100: Number 100 Shutter Island

Are you ready to discuss Shutter Island, the 100th novel listed in The Bestseller Code (review) by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers ?

This post does not contain spoilers.  (Note:  Out of consideration to those who possibly haven’t read the book yet, please indicate right up front if your comment or review contains spoilers.)

Shutter Island: A Novel by Dennis Lehane



The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule travel to the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane on Shutter Island to find out what has happened to a woman who has mysteriously disappeared. As the investigation deepens, Daniels uncovers more questions than answers.

What do you think of this novel?

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Update of recent posts discussing Shutter Island:

  1. Discussion of the narrator
  2. Karen’s review from a reader’s perspective
  3. First paragraph
  4. Roberta’s review from a writer’s perspective


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The next book is number 99 on the list, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (2011) – Discussion begins November 21, 2016.


  1. Shan

    I reviewed this on Goodreads (with a spoiler tag there) – not sure if the link I added will take you straight to my review. This is an experiment 🙂 I have to work today but I’ll look forward to seeing everyone else’s comments later.

    This is the first book I’ve read for the 100 books project, so I may change my mind on the survey response after reading others. I did like this one a lot. I’m looking forward to discussing it in the framework of the Bestseller Code’s comments about what makes a bestseller – my Goodreads review is from a reader’s perspective, not necessarily a writer’s view.

    • Roberta


      Your GoodReads link works perfectly. I want to discuss the narrator, too.

  2. Karen

    I really liked Shutter Island, even though it was not a book that I would have picked up off the shelf to read. I couldn’t put it down! And I have to wonder, like Shan, if I’ll still think it was a 5 star book by the time we finish reading through the whole list, if this had the lowest score of the top 100 chosen by the computer.

    • Roberta

      Maybe we’ll need to have a discussion about how we’d number the list once we’ve read them all.

  3. Roberta

    We’ve had a discussion on the Facebook page about applying genre to the books on this list. I thought it would be straightforward, but it isn’t turning out to be. According to USA Today, Shutter Island is a “literary murder mystery.” Other places it is listed as a “psychological thriller.” Some of the confusion may be due to the fact that in thrillers the reader typically has some idea of the identity of the bad guy(s) and in a mystery the reader is trying to puzzle out who the bad guy is. This book could go either way. Any thoughts?

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