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Shutter Island

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  118,470 Ratings  ·  6,750 Reviews
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 April 15th 2003)
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Feb 05, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
May 08, 2010 Lou rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 26, 2015 Dem rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What a terrific supense novel by Denis Lehane. Even though I had seen the movie many years ago I had always wanted to read the book and was so glad I did as I had forgotten the plot anyhow and the book proved to be so well written and intriguing that it had me on the edge of my seat.

The novel is set of the Massachusette's coast in an army facility turned hopital for the criminally insane. This book is full of twists and turns and really packs a punch. I loved the fact theat the author at the ver
Jul 16, 2016 Camie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veteran US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule are called to Shutter Island on assignment to find a murderess who has escaped from Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane, and is loose on the island. Of course, it's during a violent hurricane, which lends the book it's " it was a dark and stormy night" factor along with other strange happenings . This book was a runner up for 2011 Goodreads Thriller /Suspense award.This is not my usual genre, but especially if you missed t ...more
Bill Khaemba
“Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man?”

mind blown reaction supernatural wtf fuuu
Literally my face during some parts of the book


Oh man! Oh man! It's 1:30 am on 13th July 2016 and I have just finished this book 5 min ago and holy fuck that was a ride. I can't control myself, I literally feel like lying on the floor and just let everything that I have read sink in.

I have been reading a lot of good books lately but I had yet to come across an a
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Two U.S. Marshalls have been dispatched to Shutter Island - a location much like Alcatraz which houses an inescapable fortress for insane prisoners. The job of the partners is to find a female patient/murderer who has disappeared, while also having the unfortunate timing of having to battle a hurricane simultaneously. What the duo initially came to investigate and what they actually end up discovering are VERY different things.

I read
Apr 14, 2015 Kaora rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-thriller
I've never seen the movie, but I had a general idea of what happened due to seeing certain scenes while my husband was watching.

Shutter Island is the story of U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule who are sent to Shutter Island. Shutter Island is the place for the insane, who are a danger to others. The people here have committed horrible atrocities, and one of these people Rachel Solando has escaped. Rachel drowned her three children. As a story bears down on the island Te
Raya  Ka'abneh
Apr 02, 2015 Raya Ka'abneh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

خمسة نجوم أخرى بجدارة

رواية على درجة عالية من العبقرية والتميّز...
تحبس الأنفاس..
تجعلك تُعمل عقلك وتفكر كثيراً في كل كلمة وفي كل حركة وفي كل إشارة..
عبقرية بخوضها لمتاهات وأسرار العقل البشري..
رواية سيكولوجية.. سيكولوجية عقل المجرم!

من هو المجرم؟ هو ضحية جنون آخر.. هو ضحية رفض للواقع..
هو ضحية للحرب طاحنة.. حرب لم تكتفي بما سببته من دمار وموت.. وإنما قتلت الإنسان من الداخل.. قتلت وعيه وإدراكه!

فعلاً رواية عبقرية متميزة جداً..
على الرغم من أن هذه المرة الثانية التي اقرأها.. لكنني اكتشفت أشياءً جد
May 12, 2010 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Shutter Island is an amazing and fast-paced thriller. There isn't much I can say about this book without spoiling it, trust me: the least you know about what this book is about, the better.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was the characters and the amazing setting. Two detectives are sent to investigate a mental institution on an isolated island, which gives this story a very sinister tone. Both Teddy and Chuck (the main characters) were awesome fro
Sarah ~
Oct 01, 2013 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane
عنوان: جزیره ی شاتر؛ نویسنده: دنیس لهین؛ مترجم: کوروش سلیم زاده؛ تهران، نشرچشمه، 1393؛ در 435 ص؛ شابک: 9786002294586؛
با اقتباس از این کتاب فیلمی نیز به کارگردانی مارتین اسکورسیزی ساخته شده، ماجرای بررسی فرار یک بیمار روانی خطرناک از سوی دو مارشال ایالات متحده؛
Aug 30, 2009 Marvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Sep 10, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing
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
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Apr 10, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly thought my opinion of this book would be greatly influenced by my having seen the film, but it wasn't. I was completely blown away reading this one. This was probably one of the best psychological thrillers I've ever read. I loved how I got confused and then thought I figured it out, but then was totally confused all over again, until right near the end, at which point everything came to light.
Sep 27, 2016 Mahsa.RM rated it liked it
who could guess what may happen?
3 stars for fantastic ending.
Mar 23, 2016 Léa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai lu Shutter Island il y a 6 ans mais je me souviens avec précision de l'effet qu'il a eu sur moi. Aucun thriller ne m'a jamais autant marquée.

Mon père me l'avait conseillé avant que l'adaptation de Scorsese sorte au cinéma. Il l'avait lui-même acheté suite à un article de Télérama qui le recensait dans les meilleurs romans policiers/thrillers de tous les temps. Autant dire que la barre était placée très haute...

Et que dire ? Je n'ai pas de mot pour décrire cette histoire fabuleuse. J'ai trem
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 13, 2016 Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
My god, WHAT A MINDFUCK. I will admit I was pretty confused for the first half of this book but then once everything started to make sense, my mind was BLOWN. I'm still just like :O

1 star taken off for a bit of a slow start and a few too many racial slurs for my liking. But other than that WOW. WOW WOW WOW.
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
Scarlet Cameo
Jan 23, 2016 Scarlet Cameo rated it liked it
Shelves: rc-16
Lectura con el grupo 221 b Baker street

What matter is the road not the end. Once you read that...don't watch the movie or search images in Google, please. Spoilers everywhere,

Lo importante no es el final, sino el trayecto. Y dicho eso por nada del mundo veas la película o busques imágenes en Google acerca de ella. Sí bien no es que se arruine el misterio pero si quita un poco del clima.

Shutter island es una historia que atrapa, todo lo que va sucediendo hace que desees más de la historia a pesar
Jul 01, 2015 Manju rated it really liked it
Recommended to Manju by: Tilak Khurana
my first Lehane book and I was totally blown away by it. this book belongs to a genre which I usually don't read and this book (also the author) has inspired me much that I have decided to read more from this dark, gothic and gritty world.

won't talk much about the story as am afraid I will end up giving away spoilers. so I will talk about two main characters around whom the story revolves. First Teddy is an extremely well written character and I loved how the author has peeled off layer after l
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 12, 2011 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
An excellent thriller. Lehane keeps us on the edge throughout: and the twists in the story are so subtly done, that you have to go over the earlier parts once again to see how they are open to a different interpretation than the one which seemed evident to us at that time. Agatha Christie was a master of this style, and Lehane is not far behind. And the ending was an absolute shocker.
Titas (Emperor)
Jul 01, 2015 Titas (Emperor) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Who is 67?
When a delusional child murderer named Rachel Solando escapes from the home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane placed on Shutter Island, US Marshal Edward (Teddy) Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule are sent to investigate. From a barefoot mentally disturbed woman pulling an impossible escape leaving cryptic codes to the doctors behaving in most bizarre nature - Teddy and Chuck become more and more sure about this case being a larger game for something else. With an ul
Ashley Chua
Jun 14, 2016 Ashley Chua rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

I've already seen Shutter Island, so first of all, for the entire length of the book Teddy was Leo to me, and second of all, I read this already knowing what happened. It spoiled it a little for me because I can't help analysing every little thing that the staff or Chuck or Cawley did to see how it tied into the ending. I wish I could have unwatched the movie, the book would probably blow my mind.

So, Lehane has done it again. This is great. This story revolves around two US Marshals i
Wayne Barrett
Dec 26, 2015 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery, crime, 2016

So, Shutter Island is officially the first book I have read in 2016.

This is another one of those novels in which I saw the movie first so I knew the twist going in. As with Mystic River, even though I knew what was going to happen after the film, I still thought the book was excellent. This one didn't grab me quite the was Mystic River did, but all in all it was still a very entertaining thriller.

Two U.S. Marshals are sent to an island that houses an institution for the nations worst mentally
Lindsey Rey
Aug 18, 2016 Lindsey Rey rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2016
[3.5 Stars]
Oct 16, 2015 Laurence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dear-friends, school

Believe me when I say that I'm not a fan of mystery novels. In fact, I'm the kind of idiot who's blind to every single clue and who'd rather just wait until the mystery is solved instead of thinking about who might be guilty, because when I do, I always end up being completely wrong. It doesn't mean I don't enjoy mysteries, but they're just not the kind of book I would pick up. However, I am incredibly glad I read this book for one of my cla
Inés Izal
Apr 24, 2016 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Bastante bueno y rápido de leer.
El problema que he tenido ha sido que he descubierto "el secreto" muy rápido, entonces ese final para mi no ha sido tan impactante.
Pronto veré la película para comparar.
I've stumbled upon this book only after watching the film - unfortunately, since I now think I would have enjoyed the book even more without knowing about the ending. There were still many surprises, many clues to catch; and it's a book fantastically suitable for a reread. Absolutely recommended!
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Dennis Lehane (born Aug 4th, 1966) is an American author. He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon (Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film). The ...more
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