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The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurric...more
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by HarperTorch (first published 2003)
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Lou
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An isolated island, a raging hurricane, a locked room, secret codes, a mental hospital, and rumors of mysterious medical experiments frame the story. Written in a very different style compared to Lehane's previous novels Mystic river and Gone baby gone. The plot is not the simplest of plots, i was scratching my head intrigued because the story flips through past present and surreal. It is a disorienting, complex story grounded in the reality of the times...cold war USA in 1954. From pondering o...more
Bill
The night I finished this, my mind was left reeling from it for a couple of hours and the next day I was unable to get it out of my head.

Shutter Island is a departure from the Kenzie/Gennaro series and
it's one of those novels that will certainly leave you pondering the whole story once you're finished it.
The less you know about the story, the better. Suffice it to say, this is an excellent read and there are very few novels I have read that made my head buzz for hours after.
Don't miss this, re...more
Annalisa
May 18, 2010 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: language and violence
I'm not even sure what to say about this book without giving anything away. US Marshal Teddy Daniels shows up at rocky island that's an asylum for the criminally insane to track a patient that disappeared from a locked cell. While on the island, he gets the sense that the doctors are hiding something and sets out to obtain evidence that they are experimenting illegally on patients. As Daniels uncovers secrets, you become more confused about what is actually happening at the hospital.

I'm vague to...more
paris

بسيطة ، غامضة وجرعة كبيرة من الطب النفسي والأمراض النفسية ككل والتعامل معها خاصة في الزمن الذي وقعت فيها الأحداث ..
دراما عالية والكثير من التوتر ..الكاتب متمكن جدا، وممتاز خاصة حين يصف العواطف ..



حينَ تقترب النهاية تتوالى المفاجآت وبلا هوادة وهنا نصل لـ أحد افضل أجزاء الرواية وموطن قوتها ..



رواية لن تتوقف عن التفكير بالأحداث طوال فترة قراءتها ، وسترافقكَ هذه الأفكار لفترة طويلة بعد أن تنتهي منها ..



الفيلم الذي ارتكز على قصة الرواية والذي شاهدته مباشرة بعد انتهائي منها ..
يماثلها روعة ..




هي من تلكَ ال...more
Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: The confused.
Shelves: fiction
Forget Mystic River. Shutter Island is the Dennis Lehane book to read. Set in the mid 1950's on a secluded island that serves as a mental institution for the criminally insane, Shutter Island combines elements of psycho-drama and horror with a good mystery and well-rounded characters. U.S. Marshals Daniels and Aule come to the island to investigate the mysterious escape of a violent patient from the hospital, only to be trapped on the island by the worst hurricane in thirty years. The two Marsha...more
Dan
"Shutter Island" started off lame. Then it got better. And then it reverted to a convoluted plot recycled from pretty much any psycho-thriller out there. This is the first and likely last Lehane book I've read and I've surmised that he, like Stephen King and John Grisham, simply writes screenplays disguised as novels, probably writing the story while fully aware that it will be purchased by a movie studio within a year of being published. Lots of cliffhanging chapters, laughable dialog, a little...more
Marvin
Shutter Island isn't as good as Mystic River, which I read just before this. Mystic River is an entire neighborhood of fleshed out characters that propelled its tragic plot. Shutter Island isn't so three dimensional. What it does have going for it is a taut plot full of suspense and mystery. This is a puzzle novel. Not a novel puzzle like The Davinci Code where the puzzle is the thing and everything else is secondary. The puzzles of a first-rate thriller exist not as the primary purpose but to p...more
Robert Beveridge
Dan Brown, The DaVinci Code (Dubleday, 2003)
Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island (Morrow, 2003)
William M. Valtos, The Authenticator (Hampton Roads, 2000)

Rarely, when I read, do three books come together so very well for one review. But such is the case here with The DaVinci Code, The Authenticator, and Shutter Island.

Imagine, if you will, a kind of number line of style, with the very best writers at the rightmost extreme and the very worst at the left. On the right are those authors who pay great atten...more
Brooke
I decided it was about time I read a Lehane novel BEFORE the movie came out and made me think, "Oh, I've already seen the movie, I should read a book where I don't already know the ending instead."

And what an ending it was, although one I saw coming. I think it's because I've read (or maybe watched) similar stories before, and Lehane did a good job setting up some clues.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes atmospheric mysteries. The whole setting is very creepy, and the previews for the movie...more
Becky
Question: Why have I never read Dennis Lehane before? No idea, but it is a situation that I will endeavor to rectify as quickly as possible.

This book is one that will most absolutely stick in my head for a long time to come. I loved it, from start to finish. I love the unexpectedness of it, and how I was so wrapped up in the story at times that I had to literally drag myself away, and how toward the end, I was so anxious about what would happen that I was afraid to pick it up again. These are t...more
Megan
My brother and I were at the hospital, waiting our mom’s knee surgery when I started Shutter Island. Little bro looked at my book and exclaimed, “Crap! The movie was total crap and I figured everything out five minutes into it. Do you want me to tell you the secret?” Of course I didn’t want to know the ending before I got there myself. This story follows U.S.Marshal Chris Monsanto Teddy Daniels as he travels to an island which is home to nothing but a possibly dangerous and experimental penitent...more
Slayermel
Jan 03, 2010 Slayermel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good mystery
How to review this book without giving out any spoilers, that's going to be a challenge.
Well let me start by saying that when I finished reading the book, I just kind of sat here dumbfounded for a moment or two and sort of replayed the story through my head, trying to let all the pieces fall into place. In a way I was taken by surprise with the ending, but then after sitting and reflecting on it, I don't think it could have gone any other way. Teddy's character has so many layers you really feel...more
Catherine
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Nancy
I picked up Shutter Island after seeing a movie trailer that made it look intriguing.
Lehane is a story-teller and the book was like a game of Clue. There were many groan-out-loud similes which took the place of good writing as did the macho language used by Daniels and the officials at the hospital. Most of the other patients were the to-be-expected goons.
Teddy Daniels, a US. Marshal, goes to Ashecliffe Hospital on Shutter Island to find the murderer of his wife. There are all the usual trap...more
Madeline
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die be damned, every now and then I just get in the mood for a good, cheap thriller. I must have been in one of those moods, because my aunt gave me this book when I visited her recently - almost 400 pages long, and I read the entire thing in less than 24 hours.

It's exciting, it's pulpy, it's violent, there's gratuitous sex and awkwardly quippy dialogue and conspiracy theories aplenty, and the book should really come included with a little speaker on the appr...more
Matthew
Airport fiction is bizarre. Glossy covers of black and neon with the author's name larger than the title - and then you flip through eight or nine pages of superlatives in all capital letters written by raving nutcases employed by our nation's newspapers.

And then FORESHADOWING and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and CLIFFHANGERS at the end of each chapter. And then the EARTH SHATTERING CLIMAX and REVEAL, that usually involves the truth about the death of one of the characters.

Some people read this stuff c...more
Sandi
May 13, 2010 Sandi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandi by: Em Audsley
Shelves: 2010
I'm going to preface this by telling you that I saw the movie version of Shutter Island when it was in the theaters. If you haven't seen it, please do. The previews really don't do it justice and I left the theater wanting to read the book. Now, it's often the case that the book disappoints when you've seen the movie first (or vice-versa), but not here. I'll say that the movie is very true to the book and really captures the atmosphere of the book quite well. And, although both movie and book ha...more
jcg
Too cute. This book would have made a good short story, maybe a novella, but there just isn't enough plot material to sustain a novel. The result is that most of the book is filler. It starts out with an irrelevant Prologue which doesn't tell the reader anything, then a long irrelevant first chapter with two guys flirting outrageously with each other that gives minimal information, then there are long irrelevant flashbacks about one character's relationship with his wife, then long irrelevant ha...more
Kim
I first heard of this book when the Scorsese film was released. I was intrigued by the trailer but never got around to watching it and ended up picking up the book first. I have to say I was misled by what I had seen regarding it and thought it was a supernatural horror but to my surprise it was far more One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest than Paranormal Activity.

And honestly I think I much preferred it this way. It was subtle and clever and once the truth started to be revealed I thought back and...more
Kim
This was my first book by Dennis Lehane. I'd been wanting to read him for a while and one of the reasons I read Shutter Island first was all the shining reviews about the big twist you'll never see coming.

I hate to be that person, that party pooper saying "I saw it coming from a mile away" but I was expecting a slap in the face and all I got was a wink. I'd been in on it.

I can't give a mystery novel five stars unless it blows me away and since I nearly had it figured out this one didn't do that...more
Jen
I have absolutely no idea what happened in this book. Perhaps that makes it an effective story?

This is not a standard Lehane novel; yes, it's set in Boston, but not the mean streets of Dorchester or Southie. It's set on an island in the early 1950's, and psychological and psychopharmacological studies are taking place. Pretty interesting. I'm curious about the movie that's being filmed in MA.

One thing, though: I don't think audio is the best format for this one because of all the codes. I had...more
Ms.candy
رواية مُمتعة كدت أن أجزم أنها لداون براون لولا إنعدام الرمزية فيها هههههههه
#من ناحية الحماس وإنشداد العينان لمعرفة الأحداث بالتأكيد ^^

جميلة هي بغموضها وحبكتها العجيبة، القصة حيث تدخل وتخرج من الماضي إلى الحاضر وكيف تم إستغلال ماضَ الجنرال "أظن أنه جنرالاً ؟ لا أعرف لقد نسيت " ضده في الجزيرة

رواية ممتعه ومُذهلة بنهايتها المثالية \١ ببساطة لم أتوقع نهاية كهذه \١ أُصبت بدهشة عظيمة وكادت عيناي أن تخرجا من محاجرهما ذُهولاً !
حقاً تستحق القراءة لإستعادة نهم القراءة :$
Eastofoz
There’s way too much hype around this book if you ask me. It comes across as all mysterious and eerie but there’s nothing really exciting about it and you keep thinking that it’s going to get better but it never does right to the end. It has its moments but that's just it: moments and nothing more to weave together what could have been an otherwise very good story. For me the book really wavers between 2.5 and 3 stars at best.

Teddy Daniels is a cop sent to an insane asylum to investigate the dis...more
Jess
Wow. Disturbing is the word that comes to mind while I was reading this one. Teddy Daniels is a U.S. Marshal that arrived on Shutter Island to help find a missing patient, along with his new partner Chuck Adule. Shutter Island houses a mental facility for the criminally insane, and Rachel Solando has apparently disappeared from her cell. She was there when lights were out, and around midnight, her cell was discovered to be empty. As the marshal's search for the missing woman, things become incre...more
Michael
Being the book snob that I am, I've had this one of my to be read list ever since I heard it was being adapted for the silver screen.

And with the movie finally hitting theaters, I decided it was time to give it a try.

I've not read a lot of Dennis Lehane, though people have told me I should. I read "Mystic River" a few years ago and found it compelling, but I haven't yet picked up any of his other books. Reading "Shutter Island" I think I'll be revisiting Lehane in the near future.

One of the blur...more
Salymar
*Spoiler Alert*

This novel is punched up to full force spookiness! It's too much for one sitting! I have to say this, initially. You know what I admire the most in this novel? It's the unpredictable entwine for the lead character, Teddy Daniels.

The same basic plot exists in this novel like all other good remarkable mystery novels as well as the anticipated twist in the ending.

Shutter Island opens up with two cops, Teddy and Chuck aboard a ferry destined to arrive at a seemingly deserted island c...more
Jen
Dennis Lehane NEVER ceases to amaze me with the gift he has. He evokes so much emotion from his readers...simply by the way he strings his words together to make sentences and paragraphs. For example, right off the bat in the prologue the reader is painted this incredible picture:

"If time for me really is a series of bookmarks, then I feel as if someone has shaken the book and those yellowed slips of paper, torn matchbook covers and flattened coffee stirrers have fallen to the floor, and the dog...more
Sirena
I read this book in one day, coming back from Hawaii with the worst flu I've ever had. I'm sure my delirium added to the amount that this book freaked me out, but I literally still get crawling skin when I think about this book. Just reading the names of the characters makes me skin crawl. I felt so sick and freaked out when I finished it that I felt totally out of myself for a few days.
I COULD NOT put this book down. I don't remember ever being this sucked in to a book.
I've wanted to actually...more
Cindy
Apr 23, 2010 Cindy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Huge fans of mystery-thrillers or Dan Brown.
Recommended to Cindy by: TNBBC March 2010 selection
Shelves: fiction, mystery
It sure took me a long time to finish such a simple airport-bookstore-worthy book. It really wasn't very compelling. The "clues" were like a kick in the head. Or like in Blue's Clues. I did get one or two little surprises - but the big mystery? Almost completely given away in the first few pages.

I think what was most irritating is that the writing is so simple that it reads more like a screenplay. It's not nuanced, it's packed with similes, metaphors and alpha-male grunt responses. I can forgive...more
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