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Shutter Island

A book by Dennis Lehane.

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An incredible psychological thriller

  • Jan 25, 2010
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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 Lahene novel.

The plot description in itself does not even begin to do the justice to this gripping and harrowing story. Until now I have only been familiar with Lahene through the movie adaptations of his novels, and Shutter Island has also been made into a movie that will scheduled to come out in a couple of months. The previews of the movie seemed very intriguing, and they spurred me to take a look at the novel itself. I was not disappointed in the least. "Shutter Island" has all the elements of a great novel: an intriguing story with many plot twists, a flowing narrative that keeps you interested and guides you from one scene to another, rich, fully developed characters, and an ending that will both surprise you and satisfy you, and make you want to go back and reread the whole novel. The novel is a psychological thriller in two senses of the term. You are constantly intrigued by the states of mind of the main character and much of the most interesting scenes are in the minds of the main characters. Furthermore, by setting the novel in a mental institution the psychological and psychiatric profession becomes a major part of the story. Even so, the narrative evokes some very strong visual impressions, and there is no doubt that it will make a great movie. Stylistically, there is a very strong sense of film-noir to it and of the hardboiled detective novels from the middle of the 20th century.

Overall, this is a rich and deeply satisfying novel and I would recommend it as one of the best examples of its genre. Purchasing it was well worth the money, and I would recommend reading it whether you plan on seeing the movie or not.

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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
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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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