Shutter Island Mass Market Paperback – 31 May 2004
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you are into suspense and thrillers then you'll probably enjoy this.
I was quite happily reading along a good detective story when suddenly I was hit in the face by a twist. I hadn't seen the possibility of there being a twist at all let alone what it actually was. Once I was faced with the twist in the story I was able to then look back at what I had read up to then & could see how what was a rather good detective story could actually also be read in quite a different way. In fact by the time I had arrived at the end I was left with 2 possible interpretations of the whole book. It was just so clever & so brilliantly written.
Do make sure you have plenty of time to read this book because there is no way you will be able to put it 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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