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Nous sommes dans les années cinquante. Au large de Boston sur un îlot nommé Shutter Island, se dresse un groupe de bâtiments à l'allure de forteresse. C'est un hôpital psychiatrique. Mais les pensionnaires d'Ashecliffe Hospital ne sont pas des patients ordinaires. Tous souffrent de graves troubles mentaux et ont commis des meurtres particulièrement horribles. Lorsque le fe ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published August 8th 2003 by Rivages (first published April 15th 2003)
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Jennifer Blaney Oh his prose is so amazing. The movie was excellent but the book...wow.
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Ashecliffe Hospital sat on the central plain of the island's northwestern side. Sat begnignly, I might add. It looked nothing like a hospital for the criminally insane and even less like the military barracks it had been before that. Its appearance reminded most of us, in point of fact, of a boarding school.




Teddy and Chuck are called out to the island to try and find out what happened to one of the inmates. She just escaped. There really isn't a way she could escape but there you have it.

The
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Bill
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mario
...he hated how fucked up and obscene the world and everything in it had become.


Well... fuck.

I decided to wait for at least one day before writing this review because I needed time to process this book. But even though more than 24 hours passed, I still haven't processed it even a bit.

Not in a long time did I read a book that grabbed me as Shutter Island did. When I was reading this book, and I had to put it down to do some other stuff, it followed me everywhere. When I wasn't reading it, I su
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Lou
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Mariah
I read this book for my hometown book club. Surprisingly, I have never heard of Shutter Island, but now after reading this book I will have to check out the movie too.

I was hoping for this book to be much better than it was. Even after reading it I feel it could have been but there were soooo many twists and turns I couldn't keep up. I love when books catch you by surprise or completely change. However, this book was not executed well and had too many twists and turns that the author didn't exec
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Dem
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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؛
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم نوامبر سال 2015 میلادی
در سال 1954 میلادی دو مارشال ایالات متحده، تدی دانیلز؛ و همکارش چاک ایول، برای بررسی فرار یک بیمار روانی خطرناک، سولاندو، از بیمارستانی در جزیره شاتر در نزدیک
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Jason Koivu
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Good lord, I was not expecting that! Heck of a good read, in my book!

Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island started off well for me and my tastes. Federal Marshals going into an insane asylum/prison on an inescapable island in Massachusetts during post-WWII to find a missing crazy woman, who apparently escaped. Love the setting, the characters, everything!

From here on out this review contains all kinds of spoilers, so you just stop right here, Miss I-Haven't-Read-This-But-Plan-To.

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The set-up story roped
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Camie
Jul 16, 2016 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
Carol
Apr 10, 2012 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.
Paul
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another in your face, gritty, and extremely well written book by Dennis Lehane. He does such a great job with character development and keeping things smoothly developing from its origins. Very well done.
Emma
Well. I've only recently started reading a bit more in the thriller genre than I have in decades and I think it's safe to say I'm out of practise! This book was SO SO good, I can't tell you. About half way through I felt I had had enough *thrilling* for the day and put the book down. Tried to read something else...my mind kept coming back to it...picked it up again....got spooked....walk away Emma, walk away...it's getting late, it's dark, it's raining hard...the lunatics are taking over the asy ...more
Bill Khaemba
UPDATE: THE MOVIE ADAPTATION WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECTION
“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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Richard
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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AMEERA
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely 5/5
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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
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Kaora
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annalisa
May 12, 2010 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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José
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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
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Hirdesh
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic Psychological thriller.
Great writing, great theme, great pace of story.
Psycho-lovers should read it once, they would never be upset or disappointed with it.Book Comprised about the experiment was used by Nazis around II WW with the Human brain.
Love it. Enjoyed it alot.
Sarah ~
Oct 01, 2013 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
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Raya Ka'abneh راية

خمسة نجوم أخرى بجدارة



رواية على درجة عالية من العبقرية والتميّز...
تحبس الأنفاس..
مذهلة..
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
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Marvin
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nathan
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scarlett
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
“The brain controls pain. It controls fear. Sleep. Empathy. Hunger. Everything we associate with the heart or the soul or the nervous system is actually controlled by the brain. Everything. What if you could control it?”
― Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island

…..so what exactly is going-on on this island???

1954, Federal Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels, WWII vet, and his new partner Chuck Aule are assigned to investigate the disappearance of a woman from a federal penitentiary for the criminally insane on
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
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.
Mariana
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Poonam
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the movie and as soon as I was aware that this is based on a book, immediately added it to my tbr list.

As the movie was soo awesome, I had high expectations from the book and this book delivered all it's promises.

The story begins with U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule visiting Shutter Island to investigate the case of a missing convict.
Shutter Island is sinister, after all it is a mental institute for the most unhinged and violent convicts.
"Ward A of this instit
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Manju
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 12, 2011 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.
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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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