Synopses & Reviews
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 Ashecliffe’s 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. . . .
“Startlingly original . . . instantly cinematic. . . . 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.” New York Times
“The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets.” Miami Herald
“A lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller...Lehane has produced a brilliantly far-fetched page-turner that is sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Lehane has crafted a thriller as exciting as an elaborate video game. . . . .If you like books that will make great movies, then this one is for you.” People
“Lehane is red hot… another 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. A master of the adroit psychological detail, Lehane makes the horrors of the mean streets pale in comparison to the workings of the human mind.” Booklist (starred review)
“Combines the claustrophobia of . . . Agatha Christie . . . with the creepiness of a good Stephen King yarn. . . . Good luck putting this one down. San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“There is no mystery…about how good this book is; like Mystic River, its a tour de force.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fasten your seat belts for a bumpy, breakneck ride…utterly absorbing… is an express train with no local stops…engrossing.” Boston Globe
“Nightmarish…its not a book to start before bedtime. Even if you finish before dawn, Shutter Island will trouble your sleep.” Orlando Sentinel
“A lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller…sure to be the most talkedabout thriller of the year.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Startlingly original…instantly cinematic… unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments.” New York Times
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 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 remotely what it seems.
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.
About the Author
Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has written eight novels, A Drink Before the War
; Darkness, Take My Hand
; Gone, Baby, Gone
; Prayers for Rain
; Mystic River
; Shutter Island
; and The Given Day
Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and it won both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel as well as the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar. He lives in the Boston, Massachusetts, area.