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Shutter Island

A book by Dennis Lehane.

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Missed the movie. Enjoyed the book

  • May 27, 2010
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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 paints such a different picture of the scenes to come, leaving the reader just that little bit unsettled as the story unfolds--precisely the right frame of mind for what's to come. Soon the reader is viewing things through US Marshall Teddy Daniels' eyes. He meets his new partner and prepares to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the Criminally Insane. Mysteries deepen as clues are uncovered and suspicions aroused. The characters twist and turn, leaving hints of covert experiments and secrets hid in the lighthouse on the shores of the lonely island. But Daniels investigations are blocked at every turn and soon he's threatening to leave while a gathering storm threatens to force him to stay.

I enjoyed the clues--just complicated enough to keep the reader intrigued, just buried enough to keep the reader turning pages. I enjoyed the hints and the satisfaction that the conclusion allowed. And I found myself rereading and checking back as the end approached. Was this right? Had I guessed? And how would it all play out?

My husband confessed himself disappointed in the ending, though I felt it was perfectly in tune with the story's path. Still, disappointed or not, we both really enjoyed the book--sufficiently so that we've now bought several others by the same author to enjoy.

And maybe one day soon we'll enjoy the movie too.

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review by . January 01, 2011
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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
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review by . June 11, 2010
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review by . February 24, 2010
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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
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Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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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
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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 certifiably crazy-patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. Embroiled in uncertainties and mystery, the two soon learn there's much more at stake than simply finding one missing woman. Stechschulte gives a stirring performance. His portrayal of Daniels is convincing, and he reads the role with equal parts poignancy and toughness. Stechschulte is particularly adept at reading dialogue. For example, one stormy night at the hospital, Teddy and Chuck are playing cards with two of the hospital's workers. The quartet banters, calling each other's bluffs and having a grand old time, yet tones of racism underlie the conversation. Stechschulte handles the dialogue well, distinguishing between each voice and varying the pace between rapid back-and-forth and thoughtful, drawn out remarks.
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ISBN-10: 0061703257
ISBN-13: 978-0061703256
Author: Dennis Lehane
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Harper
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