Summer, 1954. US Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped murderess named Rachel Solando as a hurricane bears down upon them. But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems, and neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he ...
Summer, 1954. US Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped murderess named Rachel Solando as a hurricane bears down upon them. But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems, and neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumours of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry? Rumours that hint of drug experimentation, surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing...As the investigation deepens, the questions mount. How has a barefoot woman escaped an island from a locked room? Who is leaving them clues in the form of cryptic codes? Why is there no record of a patient committed just one year before? What really goes on in Ward C? Why is an empty lighthouse surrounded by an electrified fence and armed guards? The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane...
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Although I had an idea about the ending because someone told me there was a twist at the end I was still very surprised at the ending. Saw the movie after reading the book and was still surprised but was still able to follow the movie better than the person who was with me & hadn't read the book.
Apr 22, 2010
the book is really a shocker, i could not believe the ending ,caught me off guard
Dec 10, 2009
Shutter Island is everything a genre novel should be. Mr. Lehane has created a taunt, tension-filled, page turner with twists and revelations around very corner. Add in a likable, complex hero, crisp dialogue and an ending that will knock your socks off and you have the perfect novel.
Don?t bother reading the reviews, most of which give away too much of the plot, buy the book and start reading.
Sep 1, 2009
Island of Intrigue
This book is so well written that you identify with U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels. You are at his side as he goes on his quest to this forbidding island with its hidden secrets and collection of unfathomable characters. You feel his fear as he becomes trapped there. You stumble with him along treacherous cliff top paths amidst the gathering storm. You feel his confusion as friends become foes...and nothing prepares you for the final mind-numbing twist.
May 6, 2009
This book is a must read for you mystery/thriller/psycological/ fans out there. I would highly suggest that you read this book before the movie comes out.
This story leads you down one direction while in the end you find out you've been misleaded, it'll keep you turning page after page.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-04-07 Know this: Lehane's new novel, his first since the highly praised and bestselling Mystic River, carries an ending so shocking yet so faithful to what has come before, that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written. But as anyone who has read him knows, Lehane, despite his mastery of the mechanics of suspense, is about much more than twists; here, he's in pursuit of the nature of self-knowledge and self-deception, and the ways in which both can be warped by violence and evil. In summer 1954, two U.S. marshals, protagonist Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, arrive on Shutter Island, not far from Boston, to investigate the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando from the prison/hospital for the criminally insane that dominates the island. The marshals' digging gets them nowhere fast as they learn of Rachel's apparently miraculous escape past locked doors and myriad guards, and as they encounter roadblocks and lies strewn across their path-most notably by the hospital's chief physician, the enigmatic J. Cawley-and pick up hints of illegal brain surgery performed at the hospital. Then, as a major hurricane bears down on the island, inciting a riot among the insane and cutting off all access to the mainland, they begin to fear for their lives. All of the characters-particularly Teddy, haunted by the tragic death of his wife-are wonderful creations, but no more wonderful than the spot-on dialogue with which Lehane brings them to life and the marvelous prose that enriches the narrative. There are mysteries within mysteries in this novel, some as obvious as the numerical codes that the missing patient leaves behind and which Teddy, a code breaker in WWII, must solve; some as deep as the most profound fears of the human heart. There is no mystery, however, about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force. Major ad/promo; 20-city author tour; simultaneous Harper Audio and Harper Large Print edition. (One-day laydown Apr. 15) FYI: Dennis Lehane is the subject of the next installment of PW's Innovators Series (Apr. 14). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2009-11-30 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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