Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane

Summary: 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.

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. The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they my never leave Shutter Island.

Because someone is trying to drive them insane ...

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My Review: A woman has mysteriously escaped from Ashcliffe Hospital on Shutter Island, a location home to only the those who have committed the most horrific crimes and the asylum's employees. Teddy Daniels, U.S. Marshal is sent in to find the escapee but may lose himself in the process. No one gets off this island alive.

This book will grab you from the opening chapter and ceases to release even after the cover is closed. As you travel with Teddy through the asylum you soon find there is more than meets the eye. The place holds a multitude of secrets, each terrifying and the twists just keep turning. There is no telling what will happen next yet each event falls perfectly into place leading to the ultimate climax.

Shutter Island is well-written, it's beautiful words at odds with the horrific story line yet somehow resulting in balanced tale. This book is impossible to predict and equally as difficult to put down. It will have you reading into the wee hours...just be sure to leave all the lights on. I can only imagine how terrifying the movie must be.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars - Sensitive readers: The F-bomb is drop on multiple occasion and there is some sexual detail.

To Sum it Up: A twisted tale sure to leave you shuttering.


Jillian said...

Glad you liked this. Have you seen the movie? I have to say, I kind of liked it a bit better, and that says a lot because I loved the book!

Heather said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but heard that it's great. Now that I read the book I'm excited to see it.

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I didn't know the film was based on a book. Sounds good anyway :)


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