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5.0 out of 5 stars You Think You've Figured It Out and..then.., 9 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Shutter Island (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 3 Aug 2010 05:13:02 BDT
The ending did not clear the air for me, and I do not have a twisted nor tortured mind (wow, syllogism), but that was the whole beauty of this fantastic book! Brilliant writing!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2010 05:17:24 BDT
prisrob says:
thanks for the comments.
is there anything in particular that you are curious about?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2010 06:49:25 BDT
Thanks, yes, at the end, (and I do not want to reveal too much for the other readers) are we still/again in the delusional mind of Andrew or is it Teddy with Chuck seeing their chances of escape diminishing? But then again, not really knowing is the beauty.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2010 18:30:20 GMT
M. Freeman says:
People who haven't read the book don't read on, spoilers ;)

I haven't read the book but I was also unsure after the end of the film, I came on here hoping to find some answers from the book but obviously that was wishfull thinking :) There's so much evidence to say he's Teddy and so much to say he's Andrew, I'm not sure if you're ever meant to know.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 14:25:15 BDT
In the film (not read the book) the final word is spoken by Andrew. He inadvertently - due, I'm assuming, to having his conscience pricked by Teddy's final line about "... better to die as a good man.." - calls out to him "Teddy?".

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 14:26:06 BDT
In the film (not read the book) the final word is spoken by Andrew. He inadvertently - due, I'm assuming, to having his conscience pricked by Teddy's final line about "... better to die as a good man.." - calls out to him "Teddy?".

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 14:27:59 BDT
prisrob says:
Thanks for the clarification.
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