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Shutter Island (2003) [Novel]
by Dennis Lehane Rating: Weighted - 7.6 / Average - 7.6 of 10 (12 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Summer, 1954.

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

And neither is Teddy Daniels.

Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing...

Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there?

As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount:

How has a barefoot woman escaped the island from a locked room? Who is leaving clues in the form of cryptic codes? Why is there no record of a patient committed there just one year before? What really goes on in Ward C? Why is an empty lighthouse surrounded by an electrified fence and armed guards?

The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island.Because someone is trying to drive them insane.

Original title: Shutter Island
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives


Edition #1: Shutter Island

Shutter Island (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Brilliantly conceived and executed...To read Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island is to enter a nightmare of madness, violence, and deception...Its shocking outcome kept me awake, deep into the night, as I began to grasp what the author has done to my innocent mind, and he will do it to yours, too, if you let him." Washington Post Book World
  • "Mind-bending eerie, startlingly original story...It's irresistible...This is a deft, suspenseful thriller that unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments. When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers bravura demonstration of how it's done." New York Times
  • "Utterly engrossing read...Fasten your seatbelts for a bumpy, breakneck ride...It is an express train with no local stops...Lehane was born to tell stories...His dialogue is the real thing." Boston Globe
  • "Shutter Island has its share of chills, but the real pleasure is in its unrelenting tightening of the vise on both Daniels and the readers. At times the pressure is so fierce you find yourself begging for relief. There isn't any. Good luck putting this one down." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Audacious and chilling...Shutter Island is a superbly constructed novel that manages to be at once gripping, surprising, and discomforting...It evokes comparisons to Edgar Allan Poe's tales...Lehane is very good indeed." Houston Chronicle
  • "Get set to shudder on a trip to Shutter Island...a tremendously satisfying thriller...a great, fun read...The suspense is molasses-thick with a plot that will keep you guessing...Lehane has created a dark work with terrific dialogue and a troubled protagonist...And then there's the ending. You're sure to talk about this one over lunch...Mystic River raised the bar for Lehane; Shutter Island puts it higher still." Denver Post
  • "Chilling...a perfect thriller. But for mystery writer extraordinaire Dennis Lehane, elaborate plots and vivid settings serve as mere backdrop for showcasing his greater talent; a prodigious ability to develop unforgettable, emotionally textured characters." Providence Journal-Bulletin
  • "Fast-paced and intense." New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • "Shutter Island is scary and effective...Lehane is masterful." New York Daily News
  • "The author here is Dennis Lehane, so don't expect Shutter Island to take familiar devices to any standard conclusion. Lehane is a major novelist...He keeps a firm grip on the many threads he's weaving while slowly increasing the suspense...Shutter Island will surprise the pants off everyone." Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "A master of noir." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "Another exceptional accomplishment...Shutter Island delivers shivers...The finale is a well-crafted shock that, unlike so many climaxes of its kind, is no cheap con that leaves the reader feeling both dumb and duped...A master of his craft...Lehane breaks your heart, then he does it again, then he leaves you with a chill." Austin American-Statesman
  • "A mesmerizing story that melds psychological suspense with elements of an espionage thriller, a noir novel, and even the locked-door mystery...Lehane shrouds Shutter Island in a cape of nightmarish atmosphere...The author digs deep into his characters to extract their souls." Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
  • "A spooky thriller...Shutter Island grabs you so hard it will leave indentations on your imagination...Just when you think it can't shake you anymore, Lehane throws in a beauty of a reversal toward the end, one as suprising as the revelation in the movie "The Sixth Sense"." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • "One surprise after another...It has headlong suspense and a whopper of a story." USA Today
  • "Dark, disturbing...Shutter Island is all about pulling you in and not letting you go until its shocking, wrenching conclusion. At that point, exhausted and thrilled, you want to start over..." Tallahassee Democrat
  • "Grade A...The latest from one of the very best thriller creepier amd more compelling than anything you'll read this year. The plot is so finely drawn that you must read deliberately and savor every line." Denver Rocky Mountain News
  • "A superbly written, unrelentingly suspenseful page-turner...a creepy psychological horror story, the kind of book you could imagine Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe coming up with if they collaborated after dropping LSD...One of America'a greatest crime novelists...Lehane is about as hot as an author can get." Associated Press
  • "Fantastic...deviously clever...diabolically mysterious...Shutter Island envelops, encircles, and floats inside-out...It is effective and cries out for a second reading to discover how and where Lehane manages his crafty manipulation." Boston Herald
  • "Subtle and mysterious...sinister and complex...It will surprise you no matter how smart you think you are...Lehane will always be several steps ahead of you, and what's more, he makes it look easy." Arizona Republic
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Shutter Island (May 2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Harper Torch
ISBN: 038073186x
Dimensions: 4.56 x 6.84 x 1.07
Pages: 385

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Shutter Island (April 15, 2003)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 0688163173
Dimensions: 6.76 x 9.18 x 1.14
Pages: 336

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