- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Harper; Mass Paperback Edition edition (2009)
- ASIN: B00394A4UK
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,067 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,303,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shutter Island (Mass Market Paperback) Mass Market Paperback – 2009
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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A non-stop, thrilling ride of a story about US Marshals Teddy & Chuck who are sent to Shutter Island, a mental health facility for violent offenders. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nancy A
Shutter Island is one of Lehane's better novels. If I hadn't seen the film I may have predicted the ending a bit later than most readers. I am slow that way.Published 7 days ago by Lolly
This book was made into a movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio. I did not see the movie ...glad I read the book.Published 10 days ago by Nana Conni
So fun fact about me, Shutter Island is one of my all time favorite movies. I found out it was a book and just had to read it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by manduhpaigereads
A gripping, fast moving story with great atmospherics and character development. Deep, dark, haunting and with an ending that pulls it all together magnificently.Published 1 month ago by David P.
Totally took me by surprise. Never expected the ending. Loved it.Published 1 month ago by Kim Phillips