Jeffrey Hitchings, August 27, 2008 (view all comments by Jeffrey Hitchings)
A thrilling period mystery set on an island in Boston Harbor during a hurricane. This novel was written by the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, and it certainly holds up to his previous works. Hollywood is making a movie out of this book, so hurry up and read it.
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When it's too darn hot, open Shutter Island for a thoroughly chilling experience. Lehane describes the book as gothic noir. I'd say it was that, plus intelligent and riveting. Two policemen investigate a disappearance on a remote island psychiatric asylum where nothing is as it seems. It's a great mystery; you'll never guess the ending and you must never reveal it to those you insist read this book.
by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review),
"[A]n ending so shocking yet so faithful to what has come before, that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written....There is no mystery...about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force."
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"After an extraordinarily humane series of neo-noirs, Lehane has produced a brilliantly far-fetched page-turner that's sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year."
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"[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."
by Joseph Barbato, USA Today,
"It has the headlong suspense and whopper of a story you would expect in any well-made thriller."
by Daniel Fierman, Entertainment Weekly,
"Lehane has yet to write a bad book....Shutter Island entertains just fine, but its impact evaporates the minute you turn the last page. (Grade: B)"
by Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist,
"[A]nother blistering page-turner....Lehane throws in one mind-bending plot twist after another in a psychological thriller that will leave readers in suspense right up to the end."
by The Miami Herald,
"The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets."
by Tom Walker, The Denver Post,
"Shutter Island is a tremendously satisfying thriller. The suspense is molasses-thick with a plot that will keep you guessing. Lehane doesn't miss a trick. It's a great, fun read, and then there's that ending. You're sure to talk about this one over lunch."
by Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post,
"If we could bring back Edgar Allan Poe and equip him with today's postmodern bag of tricks, he might give us a tale as unexpected and unsettling as Shutter Island."
by Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review,
"The atmosphere is properly dark and moody, and so long as Teddy and Chuck stick to the manhunt and their investigation of Ashecliffe's creepy medical staff, they play their roles with muscle and grace."
by Sam Allis, The Boston Globe,
"If you're in the mood for mind games, Shutter Island is an engrossing read."
by Library Journal,
"[P]robably Lehane's best book to date....Things reach such a pitch that you don't know whom to believe, which all leads to an ending worthy of Agatha Christie or O. Henry. Highly recommended."
by San Francisco Chronicle Book Review,
"A moody, atmospheric mystery that combines the claustrophobia of an Agatha Christie whodunit with the creepiness of a good Stephen King yarn...good luck putting this one down."
The New York Times-bestselling tale by the acclaimed author of Mystic River is now in paperback. In 1954, a storm threatens to strand U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels on Shutter Island, home to a federal institution for the criminally insane.
by Harper Collins,
The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times calls ShutterIsland, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of MysticRiverand Gone, Baby, Gone, ShutterIslandcarries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia andis unlike anything youve ever read before.
by Harper Collins,
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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