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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
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Shutter Island (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Dennis Lehane

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Member:TheCriticalTimes
Title:Shutter Island
Authors:Dennis Lehane
Info:HarperTorch (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Literary Fiction, Mystery

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (2003)

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Despite being spoiled about the final plot twist, I enjoyed this. It didn't resonate with me as much as The Given Day, but still very much a good, quick, fun read. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
In 1954, a US Marshal comes to a mental hospital on a small island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a locked room. But things are not at all as they appear to be...

I saw the movie version of this ages ago. Long enough ago that I didn't remember most of the details, just that it was nicely atmospheric, that it had a surprising (and hard to forget) ending that somehow worked much better than it seemed like it ought to, and that I liked it.

I liked the book, too, although this may actually be one of those times when a story works even better as a movie. Having been spoiled for it by the movie made this not exactly the reading experience it was meant to be, though, and I do kind of regret that. Although if I'd read the book first, likely I'd be thinking that about the movie instead. ( )
  bragan | Oct 30, 2018 |
This book was one of the first I read that really fit the bill when it came to an unreliable narrator. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. If you want a book full of surprise twists where everything is not what it all appears to be, this one is for you. And then go watch the movie (DiCaprio does a great job portraying the main character)! ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Oct 20, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Mar 2009):
- Macabre story. Booklist says "...Lehane is a master of the adroit psychological detail..", well said. United States marshall and sidekick investigate disappearance/escape of an inmate from a 1950s insane asylum off the Mass. coast. Their efforts are frustrated from the start, and then it gets bizarre.
- Well written and despite some segments in which I wanted to fast forward, always a new twist emerged. Characters fairly well drawn. My only critique is the obviously convenient storm of all storms. I'll likely read more by Lehane. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Oct 12, 2018 |
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. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Oct 4, 2018 |
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Moving out from the working-class Boston neighborhoods where his hard-boiled private eyes and blue-collar cops normally conduct their realistic business, Dennis Lehane takes a leap into unknown genre territory in SHUTTER ISLAND (Morrow, $25.95). But whichever genre he's aiming for in this misguided effort -- psychological suspense, cold war thriller or Grand Guignol melodrama -- he misses it by a nautical mile.
 
The primary force of this book comes from Teddy's grief and his anguished memories of World War II, when he helped liberate inmates at Dachau. ... But its hidden power has a different source: Mr. Lehane's insight into his book's most disturbed figures. Suffice it to say that this is a deft, suspenseful thriller that unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments. When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it's done.
added by eromsted | editNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Apr 17, 2003)
 
Verano de 1954. El agente federal Teddy Daniels llega a Shutter Island, isla en la que está ubicado el hospital Ashecliffe, un centro penitenciario para enfermos mentales. Junto con su compañero, Chuck Aule, se propone encontrar a una paciente desaparecida, una asesina llamada Rachel Solando, a medida que un huracán azota la isla. No obstante, nada es lo que parece en el hospital Ashecliffe. Y Teddy Daniels tampoco.¿Ha ido hasta allí para encontrar a una paciente desaparecida? ¿O le han enviado para investigar los rumores acerca de los radicales métodos psiquiátricos que se utilizan en esa institución? Unos métodos que posiblemente incluyan la experimentación con drogas, pruebas quirúrgicas terribles, contraataques mortales en la guerra encubierta en contra de los lavados de cerebro soviéticos...
added by Pakoniet | editLecturalia
 
Lehane takes a departure form his regular series and takes us to Shutter Island. This is a book that stretched both the author and the reader.

Lehane called his book, homage to gothic, but also homage to B Movies and Pulp!" Teddy is on Shutter Island to find a missing mental patient. As you travel with Teddy the story becomes more and more about Teddy than about the missing mental patient. The job of the reader is to decide what is real and what is make-believe as you travel with the main character Teddy. You hear the whispering echoes of the past as you find more and more clues. All illusions of control and all surefooted terrain ware away as you get deeper and deeper into the twists of the story.

The context of the book has been written once, and then written completely anew, and then twisted once again the third go around of writing this twisted tale. The story line however stays constant and helps one misunderstand the novel. You will read yourself to a knotted rope, for the author has left enough chords to twist around your neck and hang yourself by. Breathing becomes something you need to remind yourself to do as you get caught up in the current of Shutter Island.

The story looks at mental health treatments of the past compared to what methods are used today. Lehane asks his readers, "What is the fine line between treatment and sterilization of the mind?

Enjoy the twisted mind of Dennis Lehane in his book Shutter Island, A definite cluck cluck cluck.
 
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. . . must we dream our dreams and have them, too?

--Elizabeth Bishop,
"Questions of Travel"
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For Chris Gleason and Mike Eigen. Who listened. And heard. And sometimes carried.
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FROM THE JOURNALS OF DR. LESTER SHEEHAN

May 3, 1993

I haven't laid eyes on the island in several years.
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Teddy said, "Who's "she"? Where did "she" come from, Chuck?" - "There's always a she, isn't there?"
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.
"How many psychiatrists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" - "I don't know. How many?" - "Eight." - "Why?" - "Oh, stop overanalyzing it."
Charm was the luxury of those who still believed in the essential rightness of thing. In purity and picket fences.
He struck Teddy as the kind of guy who needed watching, too secure in his own fulfillment of his parents' wildest dreams.
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One of the editions has the ISBN and cover for Mystic River, not Shutter Island.
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The story takes place in 1954 on Shutter Island, home to a psychiatric hospital called Ashecliffe. U.S. Deputy Marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule investigate the disappearance of a patient, Rachel Solando, who had committed multiple murders. The deputy marshals search the island for the patient as a hurricane bears down on them, and they find that the hospital has practiced sinister measures during its existence.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038073186X, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, come to Shutter Island's Ashecliffe Hospital in search of an escaped mental patient, but uncover true wickedness as Ashecliffe's mysterious patient treatments propel them to the brink of insanity.… (more)

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