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Shutter Island (book)

73 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Dennis Lehane.

   Boston-area novelist Lehane has written a terrific suspense novel, an impressive follow-up to 2001's Mystic River. Shutter Island is off Massachusetts's coast, an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a beautiful-and … see full wiki

Author: Dennis Lehane
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Harper
27 reviews about Shutter Island (book)
review by . January 01, 2011
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  SHUTTER ISLAND is a novel about a homicidal maniac told by his psychiatrist nearly 40 years after "four strange days of late summer 1954." The focus of events is a fictitious island not far from Boston where stands Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally and violently insane. The psychiatrist narrator Dr Lester Sheehan, writing in May 1993, himself betrays signs of failing memory and growing mental confusion.   The characters most focused on in Dr Sheehan's narrative …
review by . June 22, 2010
   Wow, what a mind-blower!  Though the book takes a while to get going (I was told that nothing gets too crazy until about page 200, which was unfortunately true), it is definitely worth a read.  I wanted to read the book without seeing the movie, and I'm glad I did.  THE BOOK IS WAY BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!      Back to the book - Lehane manages to get inside your brain and make you think you're just as crazy as Teddy/Andrew.  The last …
review by . January 05, 2010
Around August of 2009, I was in the bookstore looking for a new book and came across Shutter Island.  I rather like Dennis Lehane.  He's a man who doesn't get nearly as much credit as he deserves.  At the time when I bought the book it didn't occur to me that a movie adaptation was right around the corner.  As I dived in, I was taken away by the story and Dennis Lehane's awesome writing abilities.  What you get is a mystery/thriller mixed in with a bit of …
review by . June 11, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?   I was very disturbed by the idea of experimenting on the inmates. I was constantly surprised and intrigued by the twists in the plot. There were ethical dilemmas to consider such as whether it was right to fool a mentally ill person into believing they were someone else and were they better off being permanently disabled than living with constant mental illness.           Who would you recommend …
review by . February 24, 2010
So, I made the error of reading this book late into the night and after reading most of it and wrapping it up around 2am, I found that I had no one to share the awesomeness that this book is at that time... which sucked majorly.    Shutter Island started a bit slow for me - I think most books start slow for me, I tend to drag around in those first introductory chapters, unless there is action, of course. But once Teddy and Chuck dock on Shutter Island and begin to learn of the …
review by . October 01, 2010
A couple of Federal Marshalls arrive on an isolated island that houses a high-security Federal prison for criminally insane. They were summoned to investigate a disappearance of a female inmate. They start suspecting that the staff of the prison is not as cooperative as they could be, and Marshalls start suspecting that behind the façade of the mental institution there is a much more sinister operation. This in a nutshell, without giving away any plot details, is the premise of the latest …
review by . September 26, 2010
A couple of Federal Marshalls arrive on an isolated island that houses a high-security Federal prison for criminally insane. They were summoned to investigate a disappearance of a female inmate. They start suspecting that the staff of the prison is not as cooperative as they could be, and Marshalls start suspecting that behind the façade of the mental institution there is a much more sinister operation. This in a nutshell, without giving away any plot details, is the premise of the latest Dennis …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
What an disturbing sets of circumstances in this book. Intense. Good read.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Dennis Lehane does not do well in trying to tell a mental facuiliy inmates strory from the inmates delusional point of view. Poorly done and has no excitement or suspense.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
crazy! my boyfriend suggested this one
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
A gripping and haunting mystery novel.
review by . February 20, 2010
I'm a reader that hasn't read many detective noir novels. Late last summer I saw the original trailer for the movie version of SHUTTER ISLAND and, as I often do with movies I discover that are based on books, I went out and purchased a copy of the novel by Dennis Lehane to read. It was an absolute page turner. I was quite busy when I started reading the book, but I finished it in a few days time.    The story revolves around U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels. Daniels and his partner, …
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Wow! Pretty scary.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
a suspensful novel
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
it was crappy
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
We read this in our book club and I thought it would be too dark for me. It was fascinating!
review by . May 27, 2010
We missed the movie, though the previews looked good and we really enjoyed the others based on Dennis LeHane's books. Still, at least we've got the book and we'll rent the DVD one day.      My husband read Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane before me. He seemed to be finding it hard to put down, so I was really looking forward to my chance to read. And I wasn't disappointed.      The prologue is quietly intriguing, oddly satisfying in that it …
review by . January 25, 2010
A couple of Federal Marshalls arrive on an isolated island that houses a high-security Federal prison for criminally insane. They were summoned to investigate a disappearance of a female inmate. They start suspecting that the staff of the prison is not as cooperative as they could be, and Marshalls start suspecting that behind the façade of the mental institution there is a much more sinister operation. This in a nutshell, without giving away any plot details, is the premise of the latest Dennis …
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Ending of this book blew me away - had to reread the beginning to understand it, tho.
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
a very good book, great suspense!
review by . December 14, 2009
Pros: The story as a whole, twists are clever but controlled      Cons: A bit slow to start and many characters are stereotypes      The Bottom Line: I don't tend to like thriller novels, but Shutter Island doesn't fit the mold.  I liked it.  If there is a movie, read the book first--a lot of subtlety wont translate.       One of my closest friends is the American Lit professor I had in college. I learned new skills …
review by . February 28, 2006
I liked this book better than Mystic River. I listened to the audio version and found it hard to stop listening. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new assistant Chuck Aule are sent to Shutter Island, a containment facility for the criminally insane off the coast of Massachusetts, after a patient escapes from a locked room. The oppressive air of the bleak facility hangs heavy over the island, and brings demons from Teddy's own past to the forefront of his mind.    Teddy becomes …
review by . August 03, 2005
Having read a great many mysteries by now, most of the time I can figure out whodunnit about halfway through. That's what is so refreshing about Shutter Island. I was absolutely blown away by the ending of this incredible, original story. Lehane is an outstanding writer whose prose and dialogue are a pleasure to read. Nary a jarring note from start to finish. Shutter Island is not your average detective or noir genre novel. I'm going to read it again to see if I missed any clues - I'm sure I did. …
review by . August 01, 2004
Based on another recommendation from my local librarian, I picked up Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. This is an unusual mystery with a wicked twist at the end.    Teddy Daniels is a US Marshal in the summer of 1954, and he's been asked to head out to Shutter Island to help track down a missing patient/inmate. Shutter Island is a mental hospital and semi-prison where criminals with major psychological issues are sent. Ward A and Ward B are split between men and women, and Ward …
review by . December 31, 2003
Shutter Island is the kind of scary that creeps up, slowly, taking its time, compounding the menace. Marshall Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule come to Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane in 1954 to find an escaped murderess, Rachel Solando.There are varying levels of patients at the hospital, the worst of them in Ward C. While conducting their search, unaided by top hospital personnel, Teddy mentions the loss of his wife, who died in a fire two years earlier. The arsonist responsible …
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