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 ...Read MoreSummer, 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...Read Less
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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.
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