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Shutter Island: A Novel Paperback – August 25, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was expecting something better. after the rave reviews. a let down actually. Must be getting old as nothing amazes or shcks me anymorePublished 7 days ago by junglekid
The movie is very similar to the book; however, the book of course has more detail. Very interesting read.Published 14 days ago by Arizona Gregory
The writing is simple yet keeps you turn he pages, the plot and the mystery and the encrypted message are all brilliant.
Definitely a great book to read
This novel about two marshals sent to an island-based asylum to investigate the disappearance of a criminal patient is creepy, mysterious, and twisty. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Louis Foster
The story pulled me all the way through. I enjoyed the character development and the pace of how the mystery was revealed.Published 1 month ago by John N. Langenfeld
Felt like I was insane after coming to the conclusion fm this novel!
Try it. You may feel differently. Interesting plot.
An enjoyable and suspenseful read. Some of the closing (bringing pieces together) were a little surprising.. no prior hints or info, but altogether satisfying.Published 2 months ago by JH