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Shutter Island [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Lehane
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Book Description

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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From Publishers Weekly

Repackaged as a tie-in to the forthcoming movie, this audio version of Lehane's 2003 chilling novel features two U.S. marshals who arrive at an island off the coast of Massachusetts that's being used as a federal hospital for the criminally insane. Their job: investigate the disappearance of a multiple murderess from a locked room. Tom Stechschulte's rendition of the endlessly shifting story line is a tour de force. He begins by capturing the easygoing male bonding of the two lawmen and slowly adds a harder edge to the narration as they meet the odd people in charge of the facility and encounter an assortment of increasingly disturbing events. Even if listeners may be disappointed with Lehane's somewhat predictable conclusion, Stechschulte's delivery—shot through with pain and rage—ensures that they will not forget it. A Morrow hardcover. (Sept.)
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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: 400 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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249 of 262 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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385 of 418 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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41 of 44 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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30 of 32 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller. Couldn't put it down
Great thriller. Couldn't put it down.
Published 17 hours ago by Darlene Lenig
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was a great read. Nearly identical to the to the movie remake.
Published 8 days ago by Zak Tafraoui
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
Best novel i have read since long time.. Seen movie before reading novel but novel is better
Published 8 days ago by nikunj Lodhia
4.0 out of 5 stars Shutter Island
fast paced, great story line, fascinating and unbelievable ending
Published 10 days ago by DBHaynes
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like psychological thrillers
If you like psychological thrillers, you'll love this. It's a great book but I kind of wish I hadn't read it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Martha H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense till the very end - A great read!
Very enthralling book. Had me wondering all the way through what was actually going on. I still think about it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Wix Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Keeps you wondering to the end, even then wondering
Published 19 days ago by Gavin Longstaffe
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly interesting fiction
I read the book after watching the movie. The book cleared up some questions I had about the movie, but the movie was better. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tejano Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book!
Published 22 days ago by Jake
3.0 out of 5 stars I started well and thight this promising but it became ...
I started well and thight this promising but it became emotionally to continue and confusing. Maybe a bit too outthere for me. Read more
Published 26 days ago by penny Smith
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More About the Author

Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He is the author of A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel; Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; and the New York Times bestsellers Mystic River and Shutter Island.

Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award and won both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, as well as the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play, was published in the fall of 2006 and includes the story "Until Gwen," which was adapted for the stage.

Lehane's work has been translated into 22 languages. He holds an MFA from Florida International University and is the writer-in-residence at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he runs the Writers in Paradise writers' conference. Before becoming a full-time writer, Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. He lives in the Boston area.

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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 H. Cruz |  See all 3 posts
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