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Shutter Island

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  104,298 Ratings  ·  6,189 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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Nov 06, 2011 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
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
Jul 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
Richard Vialet
Dennis Lehane took a big leap in his work with this first novel following his stunner of a masterpiece, Mystic River, tackling a period piece for the first time, with a story that somehow both narrowed and widened his scope. It's about two U.S. Marshalls stuck on a job at an island-based criminal asylum, tracking down an escaped convict during a dangerous hurricane.

I haven't read this in a while but I remember it being such a great example of a popular best-seller that fully deserved the attent
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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
May 27, 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
May 18, 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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Oct 26, 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
Mar 01, 2010 Dan rated it it was ok
"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
Sep 17, 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
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؛
Sep 02, 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
Awesome thriller with a very sinister and dark atmosphere, I enjoyed it immensely. Totally worth reading (review to come).

Devoré este libro, fue muy entretenido. Creo que fue algo muy bueno no haber visto la película antes. Es un thriller muy ágil e intrigante, totalmente recomendado si buscas un libro que mezcle suspenso con una atmósfera siniestra. Porque ¿qué puede ser peor que quedar atrapado en un manicomio en una isla? (reseña pendiente).
Nov 29, 2014 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.
Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει ένα από τα καλύτερα φινάλε που έχω διαβάσει ποτέ μου!!! Απίστευτο!!!!! Ανατρεπτικό, σοκαριστικό, γλυκόπικρο..Σε κάποια φάσης εκεί προς το τέλος του τρίτου μέρους και όταν ο συγγραφέας περιέγραφε σκηνές ονείρων ή του παρελθόντος είχα υποψιαστεί ότι κάτι περίεργο συμβαίνει και μου είχε περάσει από το μυαλό κάτι από την τελική ανατροπή αλλά δεν μπορούσα να φανταστώ αυτό που διάβασα στο τελευταίο κομμάτι του βιβλίου. Και έδεσαν όλα τόσο εξαιρετικά στο τέλος. Στο οπισθόφυλλο υπάρχ ...more
Wayne Barrett
Jan 13, 2016 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
Dec 26, 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
Titas (Emperor)
Oct 17, 2015 Titas (Emperor) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
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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
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
Oct 20, 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
Robert Beveridge
Jan 21, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished, cle-pub-lib
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
Feb 03, 2016 Scarlet rated it liked it
Shelves: rc-16
Lectura con el grupo Libros de miedo y misterio en español

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
Mar 10, 2015 سحر rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عجب کتاب خوبی بود... من فیلم جزیزۀ شاتر رو دیده بودم و بسیار خوشم اومده بود، و کتاب رو خریدم به این خاطر که تجربه نشان داده کتاب ها از فیلم ها بهتر هستند. البته این جزء معدود مواردی بود که فیلم در حد کتاب خوب بود. ولی خود کتاب هم بسیار تصویری و قویه. صحنۀ طوفان در گورستان رو در حالی می خوندم که نشسته بودم تو تاکسی و بیرون هم برف و بارون بود و به قدری فضا موهوم شده بود که یک لحظه به خودم اومدم و دیدم ترسیده م :) از کتابهاییه که تموم می شه ولی تا چند روز تاثیرش باقیه.
Nandakishore Varma
Oct 25, 2015 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.
Jun 02, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: U.S. Marshals, psychotic nurses, Nazi doctors
This claustrophobic thriller about paranoia and conspiracies is set on an island prison-mental institution in the 1950s. Teddy Daniels is a U.S. marshal sent to investigate the escape of a patient at Ashecliffe Hospital, arriving with a brand-new partner just as a hurricane is approaching the island. Teddy and his partner Chuck are supposed to find the escapee and determine how she escaped - fairly routine.

Pretty soon, the story starts fraying around the edges. The doctors and the warden are as
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A very dark, a very thrilling psychological mystery with lots of red herring , set in a storm ravaged island. Was immersed in the stormy read - to the extent of having related nightmares on 2 consecutive days and a feeling of surrealism throughout these days.
The ending baffled me. I would really love to watch the movie now.
Jan 30, 2016 Kiwi rated it it was amazing
A dark and gripping psychological thriller, just what I needed to jolt out of a reading slump. The book is not completely clean but Marshal Teddy Daniels’ coarseness falls within the bounds of his character development. I particularly liked the post war and cold war atmosphere of the ’50s and the twisted mind games. Conspiracy or paranoia?

In this instance, I’m glad I have a bad memory since I’d seen the Scorsese’s movie previously but I had forgotten the details, so it didn’t spoil my reading ex
Gandalf the Red
Jul 22, 2014 Gandalf the Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Poe and The Shining

Most of you know what this book is about.

Even to talk about the story at all would require me to rename it Spoiler Island.

If you need a reminder, or, have been living under a rock (hopefully not the latter!), here's the synopsis printed on the back cover.


I enjoyed the book and thought it was well written. Without a doubt, noticeably influenced by Poe and The Shining.

Suspenseful and mysterious with several captivating characters and a very appealing setting.


However, I have to say, before I wa
Jan 11, 2015 Slayermel rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 26, 2010 Catherine rated it really liked it
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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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