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Shutter Island LP: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, August 25, 2009
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Or … do they? Lehane bends and twists reality until the reader is no longer entirely sure who they are themselves, let alone the characters on the page in front of them. The way Lehane manipulates the reader’s sense of what’s true mimics the way those delusional patients seem incapable of understanding or adapting to the world around them. By the final gut-punch chapter, I was no longer sure of anything, except that Dennis Lehane is a hell of a writer.
(But seriously, what the hell happened there at the end??)
I absolutely, without fail, LOVED this book. I loved it so much that I can't even talk about it the way I should because if I do I will spoil it for you.
"Shutter Island" was one of the most masterfully plotted books I have read in years... I was astounded by the depth and creativity that "Dennis Lehane" was able to shove into a little over 330 pages, and even more... I was flipping pages faster than my eyes could keep up, only to have to turn back because I realized I had skipped a few words at the bottom of a page.
Teddy is a US Federal Marshal sent to Shutter Island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Rachel Solando. While Teddy and his partner Chuck are baffled as to the disappearance of this woman, who can somehow magically evaporate through walls, they stumble upon a more intriguing case. Is this hospital really what they say it is? Why does everyone answer questions with the exact same phrasing...and why in the world is a sewage treatment plant surrounded by an electric fence? While Teddy and Chuck race for answers they find themselves in the deepest water imaginable...are they crazy too or is it just in their heads?
I wish that my bumbling words could express to you how much you should read this book. I wish that I could give away the plot twist that had me picking up the phone to call my husband and say "No Freaking Way!!! Are you F'ing Kidding Me????" But again... that would just be cruel.
There were uncomfortable moments in the water with creepy crawlers, piles of strategically placed rocks, battered patients whispering sweet nothings, a sad mommy, black shoe polish, water guns, and 1 number solving shrink that has all the answers.
Pick this book up, find a quiet place, and start reading... I assure you that even if you think the first couple of chapters are slow you will be thanking me by chapter 5.
Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: Don't take pills from strangers!