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Chapter One

Teddy Daniel's father had been a fisherman. He lost his boat to the bank in '31 when Teddy was eleven, spent the rest of his life hiring onto other boats when they had the work, unloading freight along the docks when they didn't, going long stretches when he was back at the house by ten in the morning, sitting in an armchair, staring at his hands, whispering to himself occasionally, his eyes gone wide and dark.

He'd taken Teddy out to the islands when Teddy was still a small boy, too young to be much help on the boat. All he'd been able to do was untangle the lines and tie off the hooks. He'd cut himself a few times, and the blood dotted his fingertips and smeared his palms.

They'd left in the dark, and when the sun appeared, it was a cold ivory that pushed up from the edge of the sea, and the islands appeared out of the fading dusk, huddled together, as if they'd been caught at something.

Teddy saw small, pastel-colored shacks lining the beach of one, a crumbling limestone estate on another. His father pointed out the prison on Deer Island and the stately fort on Georges. On Thompson, the high trees were filled with birds, and their chatter sounded like squalls of hail and glass.

Out past them all, the one they called Shutter lay like something tossed from a Spanish galleon. Back then, in the spring of '28, it had been left to itself in a riot of its own vegetation, and the fort that stretched along its highest point was strangled in vines and topped with great clouds of moss.

"Why Shutter?" Teddy asked.

His father shrugged. "You with the questions. Always the questions."

"Yeah, but why?"

"Some places just get a name and it sticks. Pirates probably."

"Pirates?" Teddy liked the sound of that. He could see them — big men with eye patches and tall boots, gleaming swords.

His father said, "This is where they hid in the old days." His arm swept the horizon. "These islands. Hid themselves. Hid their gold."

Teddy imagined chests of it, the coins spilling down the sides.

Later he got sick, repeatedly and violently, pitching black ropes of it over the side of his father's boat and into the sea.

His father was surprised because Teddy hadn't begun to vomit until hours into the trip when the ocean was flat and glistening with its own quiet. His father said, "It's okay. It's your first time. Nothing to be ashamed of."

Teddy nodded, wiped his mouth with a cloth his father gave him.

His father said, "Sometimes there's motion, and you can't even feel it until it climbs up inside of you."

Another nod, Teddy unable to tell his father that it wasn't motion that had turned his stomach.

It was all that water. Stretched out around them until it was all that was left of the world. How Teddy believed that it could swallow the sky. Until that moment, he'd never known they were this alone.

He looked up at his father, his eyes leaking and red, and his father said, "You'll be okay," and Teddy tried to smile.

His father went out on a Boston whaler in the summer of '38 and never came back. The next spring, pieces of the boat washed up on Nantasket Beach in the town of Hull, where Teddy grew up. A strip of keel, a hot plate with the captain's name etched in the base, cans of tomato and potato soup, a couple of lobster traps, gap-holed and misshapen.

They held the funeral for the four fishermen in St. Theresa's Church, its back pressed hard against the same sea that had claimed so many of its parishioners, and Teddy stood with his mother and heard testimonials to the captain, his first mate, and the third fisherman, an old salt named Gil Restak, who'd terrorized the bars of Hull since returning from the Great War with a shattered heel and too many ugly pictures in his head. In death, though, one of the bartenders he'd terrorized had said, all was forgiven.

The boat's owner, Nikos Costa, admitted that he'd barely known Teddy's father, that he'd hired on at the last minute when a crew member broke his leg in a fall from a truck. Still, the captain had spoken highly of him, said everyone in town knew that he could do a day's work. And wasn't that the highest praise one could give a man?

Standing in that church, Teddy remembered that day on his father's boat because they'd never gone out again. His father kept saying they would, but Teddy understood that he said this only so his son could hold on to some pride. His father never acknowledged what had happened that day, but a look had passed between them as they headed home, back through the string of islands, Shutter behind them, Thompson still ahead, the city skyline so clear and close you'd think you could lift a building by its spire. "It's the sea," his father said, a hand lightly rubbing Teddy's back as they leaned against the stern. "Some men take to it. Some men it takes."

And he'd looked at Teddy in such a way that Teddy knew which of those men he'd probably grow up to be.

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allin1travel, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by allin1travel)
I thought this was a good read from beginning to end. It has such an unexpected twist, I love books
like this. It is an excellent thriller.
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Books for Me, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Books for Me)
This is another fine Dennis Lehane novel featuring his usual blend of suspense, action and a startling conclusion. Shutter Island was a well researched piece of period fiction with great characters, an eerie setting and a chilling climax. I highly recommend this book.
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Maggie_S, October 30, 2010 (view all comments by Maggie_S)
Riveting. Even knowing how the story would end (unfortunately, I managed to catch only the last five minutes of the movie) I couldn't see it coming. When it got there, though, it all made sense. I think that even if I read this book a hundred times I would still miss any subtle clues that would lead me to the outcome.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380731862
Author:
Lehane, Dennis
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Author:
by Dennis Lehane
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Science & Technology - Astronomy
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
April 27, 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from K to 4
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.84x4.56x1.07 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 5 to 9

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"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "It has the headlong suspense and whopper of a story you would expect in any well-made thriller."
"Review" by , "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)"
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "If you're in the mood for mind games, Shutter Island is an engrossing read."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 Shutter Island, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island carries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia and is unlike anything youve ever read before.

"Synopsis" by , 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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