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Shutter Island [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Lehane
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,017 customer reviews)

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The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times calls Shutter Island, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island carries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia and is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.



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Boston-area novelist Lehane has written a terrific suspense novel, an impressive follow-up to 2001's Mystic River. Shutter Island is off Massachusetts's coast, an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a beautiful-and certifiably crazy-patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. Embroiled in uncertainties and mystery, the two soon learn there's much more at stake than simply finding one missing woman. Stechschulte gives a stirring performance. His portrayal of Daniels is convincing, and he reads the role with equal parts poignancy and toughness. Stechschulte is particularly adept at reading dialogue. For example, one stormy night at the hospital, Teddy and Chuck are playing cards with two of the hospital's workers. The quartet banters, calling each other's bluffs and having a grand old time, yet tones of racism underlie the conversation. Stechschulte handles the dialogue well, distinguishing between each voice and varying the pace between rapid back-and-forth and thoughtful, drawn out remarks.
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Lehane is red hot--his Mystic River (2001) is currently being filmed by Clint Eastwood--and he returns with another blistering page-turner. It's 1954, and U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule arrive at a small island in Massachusetts' Outer Harbor. It is home to Ashcliffe Hospital, a federal institution for the criminally insane, and one of the patients has escaped. Although the two men are new partners, they have already developed a wry, jocular relationship while also swapping personal, painful details. Daniels' lost his much-loved wife two years prior in a fire, while Aule requested a transfer out of Seattle after being harassed over his personal relationship with a Japanese American woman. After interviewing the hospital's medical personnel, both men have the feeling they are being stonewalled, especially by the director, who seems to alternate between a cold authoritarianism and a sudden and sweeping compassion. When the island is hit by gale-force winds and Aule disappears, Daniels must go it alone, beset by the fear that he has been fed psychotropic drugs and the belief that the hospital is performing radical brain surgery as part of a secret-ops program. Lehane throws in one mind-bending plot twist after another in a psychological thriller that will leave readers in suspense right up to the end. A master of the adroit psychological detail, Lehane makes the horrors of the mean streets pale in comparison to the workings of the human mind. Joanne Wilkinson
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  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061886041
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKNV0
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257 of 270 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking man's page turner! May 4, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Fear, obsession, paranoia...Dennis Lehane's "Shutter Island" is the stuff nightmares are made of. It is noir psychological suspense at its finest.
An isolated island, a raging hurricane, a locked room, secret codes, a mental hospital, rumors of mysterious medical experiments frame the story.
It is a scary, deceptive, disorienting, complex story grounded in the reality of the times...cold war USA in 1954 ("I like Ike").
Mr. Lehane weaves many threads throughout the unpredictable plot. The set up is thorough and the characters are fully developed. The twists and turns play havoc with your mind.
The unexpected is the norm...a couple of times I was able to figure something out a page and a half before it was revealed, but that was rare. The ending is unguessable.
Immediately upon finishing, I reread the prolog and final chapter...and will read this book again. I have not been so dumbfounded by an ending since William Diehl's "Primal Fear."
"Shutter Island" is etched in my memory.
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391 of 424 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Lehane - Again May 9, 2003
Format:Hardcover
First there were the noir detective books. Then "Mystic River", which was 70-80% different. "Shutter Island" is a 100% switch from either of those. I was fortunate enough to purchase mine at a book signing where Lehane answered questions for about an hour. He has taught writing extensively and is a very patient, cordial and articulate inverview (not all writers speak well). Lehane said something that helps understand all his work, but especially this one. He said his stories are about people who strive and strive for what they want, only to wind up with what they need instead, and is makes their soul whole. "Shutter Island" is a very tight (we know what the main character, Teddy, knows - period), freightening story. Still, Lehane laces his outstanding literary skills and fantastic story line with his usual humorous passages, and his wonderful, punchy descriptive metapors. "Shutter Island" is not literally a haunted castle story. All the characters are "real" (human) and there are no ghosts or other-world beings. But it is absolutely, positively the best haunted castle tale I have ever read. This book goes on my list of all-time favorites.
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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers I've read in a while May 8, 2003
Format:Hardcover
"Shutter Island" is the first book by Dennis Lehane I've ever read. I heard about this book from a movie Website. Apparently Wolfgang Peterson (director of Air Force One, and In the Line of Fire) has optioned this book to be turned into a movie. Reading this book, I can say it would make a FANTASTIC movie. But I digress...
Dennis Lehane's prose is very well paced; secrets behind every corner. Plot twists abound, but I can't say the whole book surprised me because I thought of just about every scenario Marshals Daniels and Aule could get into. At first I thought the premise of two US Marshals looking for an insane, escaped murderess on an island during a hurricane was a little to zany to work, but man, I'll tell you, the whole book is so well done! And I was TOTALLY satisfied with the denouement.
The dialogue really grabs you. Its funny at times, heartbreaking at others and completely true to life. Kudos to Dennis Lehane! Now I'm gonna have to go back and read his previous works, and I can't wait!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Readers approach an established author with expectations. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Those expectations help keep readers familiar with the author, while recommending the author to friends and attending book signings --- all of those good things. So what does one do when a favorite author not only steps away from established characters, but also takes a familiar genre... and tinkers with it a bit, and thus transforms it into something else?
This is precisely what Dennis Lehane does with SHUTTER ISLAND, a book very different from what he has done in the past and also different from what others laboring mightily in the mystery and suspense idiom have done. Lehane made his bones with five novels featuring the duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. His last novel, MYSTIC RIVER, was a departure from those characters but still covered the same territory that Lehane has demonstrated an intimate familiarity with, that being modern-day, working class Boston, through the prism of the detective novel. SHUTTER ISLAND is a totally different animal.
SHUTTER ISLAND takes place not in 2003 but in 1954 and not in Boston but in view of it --- in Ashecliffe Hospital --- located on Shutter Island, an island with a history dating back to the Civil War. The tale is told through the eyes of U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, the son of a fisherman, a man whose life has been marked by tragic violence and sorrow suffered in quiet silence. When we meet Daniels, he is on his way to Ashecliffe Hospital to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando, one of the patients. Her disappearance is significant because Ashecliffe is not an ordinary hospital, but a treatment and holding center for the criminally insane.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whew! What A Stunner! June 10, 2003
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Shutter Island sits off the coast of Boston and is home to Ashcliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Teddy Daniels, U.S. Marshall, and his partner, Chuck Aule, arrive on the island to help in the search of a missing patient. What actually goes on at Ashcliffe? Unconventional psychiatric treatments? It's difficult to review this book without giving too much away. Several other reviewers have said they were unprepared for the shocking ending. So I prepared myself by paying close attention to all the clues. But it wasn't enough. As I finished this book, sitting in a well air conditioned room, I actually broke out in a sweat. That has never happened to me before. What a stunner! Some reviewers have said they thought Lehane's previous novel, Mystic River, was better. I just can't imagine that. So, I'll put Mystic River on my must-read list. It's going to take me awhile to get over Shutter Island, though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Just plain awesome. I saw the movie first which I normally never do but the book as always is much better. Even though the movie is fantastic.
Published 16 days ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it !!!!
Now, this is one book I will NOT read again. I will not go through all this again. It was too vivid, too captivating, too much. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Ameretat
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed.
There's not a better psychological thriller out there. I've read many of this type of fiction but none comes close to the superb plot and excellent characterization of this novel.
Published 27 days ago by Beverly B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Not a fan of "it was all an illusion" plots.
Published 1 month ago by Jamie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. Interesting twist at the end, kept me interested all the way through
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Great book.. I couldn't wait to see the movie after I read this book!!! Loved it! If you like psychological twists, you will love this book!
Published 1 month ago by JM2742
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worth buying
Published 1 month ago by Abbi
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit farfetched
The plot was just a bit farfetched for me.
Published 1 month ago by David Ziff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So much better than the movie
Published 1 month ago by Kevin O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Great read - couldn"t put it down. This is the kind of book you have to go back and read a second time!
Published 2 months ago by Tracy B.
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Which one was he really? Spoiler alert
The title to this thread is a spoiler in itself, can you change it?

At the end of the book, I really believed that Teddy is in fact Andrew. Everything that Dr. Cawley knew about him leaves no doubt about it. Also, the fact that the names he was inventing were made of the same letters cannot be a... Read More
Oct 21, 2009 by Shiren |  See all 168 posts
Questions (spoilers)
I think that Trey and the patient that told him to run were trying to help Andrew/Teddy because they knew what would happen to him if the play experiment didn't work. At the end, I believe he does regress back to Teddy because, come on, what's a safer, easier to deal with reality? Andrew's? Where... Read More
Jan 13, 2010 by Michele Eggen |  See all 16 posts
Shutter Island Film: When did you realize the plot twist - SPOILERS
his decision to die as a good man at the end was rather selfish considering the amazing breakthrough the hospital made...now the place gets shut down.
Jul 4, 2010 by Christina Burns |  See all 4 posts
spoilers***the movie
I enjoyed the movie also, even without having read the book, and I commend you for figuring out the twist from the trailer (I didn't. Though, to fair, I'd only seen one preview before seeing the movie, and it was just the teaser.)
I will try to answer your questions, so make of them what you... Read More
Feb 20, 2010 by Hayley Cruz |  See all 3 posts
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