moviebuff3, April 13, 2007 (view all comments by moviebuff3)
I read all the time and have read many different types of books including other books by Dennis Lehane. I just finished Shutter Island in under 24 hours and all I have to say is it's going to be a LONG TIME before I stop thinking about it.
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caitlinsmom, December 11, 2006 (view all comments by caitlinsmom)
This book was incredible!!!! I don't want to say much about it, because I wouldn't want to take anything away from one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. This story has so many twists and turns, and the ending is unbelievable. Any lover of mystery/thriller books, must add this one to their collection.
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by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"[A]n eerie, startlingly original story....[Lehane writes] with a crisp clarity that makes the layout of Shutter Island instantly cinematic....[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 Publishers Weekly,
"All of the characters...are wonderful creations, but no more wonderful than the spot-on dialogue with which Lehane brings them to life and the marvelous prose that enriches the narrative....There is no mystery...about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Lehane's lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller....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 The Miami Herald,
"The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets."
by Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post,
"To finish the novel — and it would be criminal even to hint at its ending — is to be disoriented, perhaps angered, and finally to reflect on the ability of a master storyteller to play havoc with our minds. 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 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."
"[Dennis Lehane is one of] the very best young mystery writers."
by Joseph Barbato, USA Today,
"It has the headlong suspense and whopper of a story you would expect in any well-made thriller."
New York Times best-selling author Dennis Lehane returns with a haunting psychological thriller set in 1954 in which two U.S. Marshals hunting for an escaped mental patient unveil a nightmare world of CIA drug trials, Nazi inspired eugenic work, and repressive mind control.
by Harper Collins,
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.
But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.
And neither is Teddy Daniels.
Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffes radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing. . . .
Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there?
As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount:
How has a barefoot woman escaped the island from a locked room?
Who is leaving clues in the form of cryptic codes?
Why is there no record of a patient committed there just one year before?
What really goes on in Ward C?
Why is an empty lighthouse surrounded by an electrified fence and armed guards?
The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island.Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . . .
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