Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane
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 remote and barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades -- with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.


Reviewed: 2017-08-29
Reviewed: 2016-08-30
I wasn’t really a fan of this, it was completely predictable and towards to end it turned into this boring, drawn out “oh, but let me explain…” story and then the end just…happens and it happens quickly.

I only wanted to read this so that I could watch the movie. I have this thing where I have to read the book before I see a movie that is based off of it. I sort of don’t want to see the movie now, not that I was really thrilled because I’m not a huge fan of DiCaprio. I think the only two movies I’ve ever sat through from beginning to end that he starred in were What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Titantic. The latter was not by choice.

Reviewed: 2016-06-24
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 the stories that I love. I will definitely be reading more Lehane. Abso-freakin'-lutely.

I don't want to give too much away about this story, but I will say that there are a few specific things that I loved about it. Here they are in no particular order:

First, Teddy and Chuck's interplay. I enjoyed the way that they talked to each other and got along and joked, how they found common ground in discussing WWII. The way that they immediately settled into their roles and partnership. I found their interaction to be real and honest, and surprisingly funny at times.

Next, the real but surreal, lucid but dreamlike escalation of every page. The shiftiness... the "is this real?" factor. This book... just messed with my head. I didn't know what to expect. The simple way that Lehane wrote made everything seem tangible and real. I loved that. I loved the way it made me feel.

Teddy... Type A, alpha male, always in control, badass, but mourning his dead wife in a way that breaks your heart. What's not to love?

Lehane also has a way with words... There were a lot of quotes from this book that left me thinking "Damn... why has this never been described that way before??" Not anything beautiful or poetic or anything, just refreshing and honest. Like the way that he describes the ocean as "older than the gods and prouder of its body count". Or the quote about waking, "...waking, after all, was an almost natal state. You surfaced without a history, then spent the blinks and yawns reassembling your past, shuffling the shards into chronological order before fortifying yourself for the present."

I never saw the ending coming, and I am always thrilled when that happens. I hate being able to guess where a story is going. But this one definitely satisfied, and I have a feeling that I will be creating a Dennis Lehane shelf quite soon. :)

Read this book.
Reviewed: 2015-05-14
Shutter Island is fairly unique and contains many twist and turns through out the story. You totally believe everything Teddy is going through, then start doubting the same things he does, and eventually question him. There is so much going on and you can come up with many theories on your own and that is all part of the fun. The 4th day part is well done and explained very well, so the reader can follow along. The reason why this book got a 4 star and not a 5 star is simply because of the last few pages. I understand what Lehane was going for, but I felt it was rushed and not set up properly to have much of an affect. I don't expect him to explain what happened, that's an open ended and left to the readers imagination, but the set up and the last few lines made it feel corny and left me thinking, well of course it would end that way. Even with the disappointing ending this book was well written and though out, and overall was a good read.
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