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Shutter Island [Paperback]

Dennis Lehane
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Book Description

4 Feb 2010

Tie-in to the major motion picture, released on 12th March 2010.

US Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderer named Rachel Solando.

As a killer hurricane bears down on the island, the investigation deepens and the questions mount. How has a barefoot woman escaped from a locked room? Who is leaving them clues in the form of cryptic codes? And what really goes on in Ward C?

The closer Teddy gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. And the more he begins to believe that he may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive him insane...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553824481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553824483
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counsellor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar. He has an MFA from Florida International University, and is the writer-in-residence at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida, where he runs the Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. For more information on Dennis Lehane and his novels, visit his website:

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Shutter Island is something of a departure for Dennis Lehane. It is not like the private eye novels with which he made his name and it is not especially like Mystic River, his distinguished crime novel about murder, loyalty and revenge. Instead, he gives us a classic of psychological suspense--US Marshal Teddy is summoned to a remote hospital for the criminally insane to look for a missing patient and finds his own future and sanity on the line. It is the 1950s and experiments with drugs, conditioning and brain surgery are all the rage both in the psychiatric profession and in the shadow world of government agencies.

Teddy rapidly becomes aware that no-one he is talking to is remotely telling him the truth and that he cannot be wholly sure even of his charming new partner. As the island hospital is isolated by a hurricane, we find ourselves unable to trust a single thing that the narrative tells us--Lehane displays a gift for sleight of hand which is showily disorienting. At the same time, this is not just a box of tricks. We find ourselves caring deeply for Teddy and his partner Chuck, whatever is going on and whoever they really are.--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Chilling, thrilling and so clever you'll be chewing it over long after the final page" (Mirror)

"A psychological tour de force. Absolutely nothing is as it seems in this effortlessly complex thriller" (The Times Literary Supplement)

"Lehane's new novel carries an ending so shocking... that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written... A tour de force" (Publishers Weekly)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Think You've Figured It Out and..then.. 9 Aug 2003
You Think You've Figured It Out and....then
Dennis Lehane is a master of writing and surprise. He is one of the best writers of today- his possession of language and description surpass none. His new novel "Shutter Island" is one of the best. Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, U.S.Marshalls, are asked to go to Ashecliffe Hospital for the Mentally Insane to find an escaped patient/killer, Rachel Solando. Ashecliff is on an isolated island off the coast of Boston. From day one none of the staff are very helpful- always below the surface is a subtle message- we don't care, we are going through the motions from those who inhabit this strange island. The worst hurricane of the season occurs, and Teddy and Chuck going nowhere with this investigation, fear for their lives. Will they get off the island, will they find the killer, what is going on in the tower, and why does Teddy have such a hard time forgetting his dead wife? Will any of these questions be answered? Unless you have a tortured, twisted mind- the ending will clear the air. prisrob
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lehane goes noir 3 July 2006
For fans of Lehane's Kenzie & Gennaro series, this novel may come as a bit of a surprise. It is altogether a darker and more mysterious piece. I've heard that some people who've read this book didn't understand the ending - don't let this put you off. The very ambiguity of the ending, set up by the mind blowing twist, is something that kept me thinking of this book for weeks after.

It's a great read & I'd recommend it to all fans of thrillers & mysteries. I like Lehane & believe that this is amongst his best (the main competition being Mystic River.)

Give it a go - I bet you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Heart Of Shutter Island 22 Jun 2003
Cold War America in 1954 and Shutter Island, off the coast of New England, is the location of a high security sanatorium that houses some of America's most violent and disturbed criminals. Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule are two U.S Federal Marshals sent to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando, a delusional child killer.
From the moment they arrive, the feeling pervades that the resident doctors are trying to psychologically control them and Shutter Island is hiding something far more sinister than a facility for the criminally insane. Why would a redundant lighthouse, away from the facility, be fenced off and guarded?
The island is hit by a hurricane and Teddy realises, now he's cut off from civilisation, that he may need all his faculties just to get off the island alive, never mind discover what lies at the dark heart of Shutter Island.
Generally I'm not a fan of this type of mystery but I'd recommend this to any adult reader. More experienced mystery readers will enjoy the cryptic clues left by Rachel Solando. I didn't want to pause as the narrative dragged me on. I was willing Teddy Daniels to retain his sanity and defeat the manipulations and mind games of the psychiatrists. Maybe I should have paused because I didn't see the ending coming and even when it happened I was left in disbelief. Even hinting at it would be bang out of order. I had to look back and the pieces fitted perfectly.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 4 Aug 2009
By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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What a book. After Mystic River, my first Dennis Lehane,I thought that he could do no better. I was wrong. This is a cracker . A mystery that keeps the reader on his/her toes throughout. Take an institution for the criminally insane on an island off Boston during a storm circa 1954 then throw in a missing "patient",two young U.S. marshals who have baggage and have never met before, a variety of unusual guards and medics. The result in the hands of a real story teller like Mr. Lehane is a book that you can't put down.
As with all good writers you soon become involved with his characters and really care what becomes of them.
It would be unfair to be too specific about the twists and turns as the story unfolds as this could ruin it for potential readers. Suffice to say that just as you think that you have worked it out you soon learn that you have not and have to rethink again and again right up to the final revelation.
I would go so far as to say that this is the best work of its kind that I have ever read. I wish that I was starting it anew.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a league of his own! 14 Feb 2004
I love my job but never have I regretted its low wages as much as I do right now because after having read "Shutter Island" (my first Dennis Lehane experience) all I want to do is rush out and buy every single other book he has written.
The story takes place in 1954 when two US. marshals arrive on Shutter Island off the Boston coast to investigate the inexplicable disappearance of one of the patients of the hospital for the criminally insane which is located on the island. The chief physician and the rest of the staff are unhelpful to say the least and the more that the two marshals look into the whole affair the stranger it all gets. Something is definitely not as it seems and perhaps their reason for going to the island isn't what it seems either.....?
Every time you think that you've got it figured out the story takes another turn and draws you in even further and you wouldn't be able to predict the ending to save your life. All of the elements as such have been seen before but it's not what he does that makes this book great, it's how he does it. How he puts it all together and creates a book which is absolutely mind-blowing. Everything fits together just right and is just where it should be and the ending, although it is sad, is the only proper one. There may not be such a thing as "perfect" in literature but this is close enough to kiss. Read it, read it, read it! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent keeps you guessing and even now I'm not sure ...
Excellent keeps you guessing and even now I'm not sure who did it. A book you can read again with a different perspective
Published 6 days ago by Sunnyfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
Lovely condition and well worth the read. Thrilling story that you (or at least I) can't put down! Good value as was cheaper than can be found in shops.
Published 1 month ago by Ella MacKrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller
I was amazed with this really good book from Dennis Lehane. Such a brilliant thriller full of great suspense. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cas Allas Mazda
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner but confusing
I was recommended the book by a colleague and found it to be a real page turner but towards the end, i got very confused - worth reading though.
Published 1 month ago by L. A. Maas
1.0 out of 5 stars So badly written
This book had all the hallmarks of being great, but the infantile writing style was its undoing. It was so convoluted that the plot was almost impossible to follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bagmad
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well conceived and edgy
Having first seen the film I was quite struck by how much they had stuck to the book in adapting it for the screen and it helped to visualise the characters and places having seen... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amelia L. Quirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have seen the film and I was not quite sure what was going on, I am so glad I bought the book I understood the book well better then the film, this is another brilliant book by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Bought after seeing the film and loved it. Such a good story and so well written. Kept me gripped, even though I had already seen the film.
Published 3 months ago by Iggybob
5.0 out of 5 stars shutter Island complex story
Had to re read this book to find out if I had missed any clues to the ending - which I would defy anyone to work out on the first reading - very clever plot which if no one... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sheila Heaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading twice
The first time I read Shutter Island, I hated it. I'd seen the film and wasn't keen on that either, but the book came recommended, so I gave it a shot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Gail Seymour
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