Shutter Island Mass Market Paperback – Apr 27 2004
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Boston-area novelist Lehane has written a terrific suspense novel, an impressive follow-up to 2001's Mystic River. Shutter Island is off Massachusetts's coast, an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a beautiful-and certifiably crazy-patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. Embroiled in uncertainties and mystery, the two soon learn there's much more at stake than simply finding one missing woman. Stechschulte gives a stirring performance. His portrayal of Daniels is convincing, and he reads the role with equal parts poignancy and toughness. Stechschulte is particularly adept at reading dialogue. For example, one stormy night at the hospital, Teddy and Chuck are playing cards with two of the hospital's workers. The quartet banters, calling each other's bluffs and having a grand old time, yet tones of racism underlie the conversation. Stechschulte handles the dialogue well, distinguishing between each voice and varying the pace between rapid back-and-forth and thoughtful, drawn out remarks.
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Lehane is red hot--his Mystic River (2001) is currently being filmed by Clint Eastwood--and he returns with another blistering page-turner. It's 1954, and U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule arrive at a small island in Massachusetts' Outer Harbor. It is home to Ashcliffe Hospital, a federal institution for the criminally insane, and one of the patients has escaped. Although the two men are new partners, they have already developed a wry, jocular relationship while also swapping personal, painful details. Daniels' lost his much-loved wife two years prior in a fire, while Aule requested a transfer out of Seattle after being harassed over his personal relationship with a Japanese American woman. After interviewing the hospital's medical personnel, both men have the feeling they are being stonewalled, especially by the director, who seems to alternate between a cold authoritarianism and a sudden and sweeping compassion. When the island is hit by gale-force winds and Aule disappears, Daniels must go it alone, beset by the fear that he has been fed psychotropic drugs and the belief that the hospital is performing radical brain surgery as part of a secret-ops program. 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. Joanne Wilkinson
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As for the story, it is simplified, but not overly so. You can still grasp all of the important details in the story. It moves more quickly than the novel does because you can see the descriptions of the buildings and the characters rather than reading about them, but still seems very well-paced. It's never too rushed. There's a lot more character development than you would think would be in a graphic novel of only 100-something pages.
There are some twists throughout the story. Some of them may feel familiar to you if you've seen any number of popular films from the last few decades. However, it's not quite done in the same, menacing way as what you will read in this book. Some of the scenes are truly weird.
Worth a read, for sure.
The book starts out slow over the first few pages with a flashback and Lehane uses many more flashbacks during the novel that I initially thought slowed down the story.
I won't spoil anything, but the story is crafted wonderfully and every scene becomes relevant as the ending unfolds.
This is a great book for the reader who likes a surprise. I thought I had guessed the outcome of many situations and the author managed to flip them around on me still.
I definitely recommened Shutter Island (and I agree with a previous reviwere who suggested finding someone else who has read the book so you can discuss it when you finish). It is something that you will think about long after finishing.
The plot description in itself does not even begin to do the justice to this gripping and harrowing story. Until now I have only been familiar with Lahene through the movie adaptations of his novels, and Shutter Island has also been made into a movie that will scheduled to come out in a couple of months. The previews of the movie seemed very intriguing, and they spurred me to take a look at the novel itself. I was not disappointed in the least. "Shutter Island" has all the elements of a great novel: an intriguing story with many plot twists, a flowing narrative that keeps you interested and guides you from one scene to another, rich, fully developed characters, and an ending that will both surprise you and satisfy you, and make you want to go back and reread the whole novel. The novel is a psychological thriller in two senses of the term. You are constantly intrigued by the states of mind of the main character and much of the most interesting scenes are in the minds of the main characters. Furthermore, by setting the novel in a mental institution the psychological and psychiatric profession becomes a major part of the story. Even so, the narrative evokes some very strong visual impressions, and there is no doubt that it will make a great movie.Read more ›
Whenever there is a film adaptation of a novel with a shocking twist, regardless of whether you read the book first or watch the film, the other will never provide you with the same shock as when you first experienced the story. For example, I read the novel Gone Girl before watching the film. Obviously, while reading the novel I was shocked, but when I went to go see the film, I knew the outcome of the story the entire time. This isn’t always a bad thing, however, as this time around you can look for clues and foreshadowing that you may have missed the first time you experienced the story.
This was the case for me when it comes to Shutter Island. Because I had already seen the film, I knew what the outcome of the story was going to be. Of course I wasn’t as shocked or stunned when I inevitably got to the twist, but the journey towards that twist was definitely a new experience. Knowing what I knew, I was able to pick up on little hints that point toward the outcome that I was oblivious to previously.
The question you have to ask yourself when you know you want to watch/read a suspense/thriller adaptation is “Do I want to feel shocked and surprised while reading the book or watching the film?”
In some cases, the film may be completely different from the book that it is based on.Read more ›
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This was the first Lehane novel I read, after having seen two movies based on other works of his, Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River, which I'd greatly enjoyed. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Roy
This was an book that was difficult to follow and kind of creepy. You never know if the main character is the one who should be locked up or if the facility was behind all that... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Marlyne Harrison
This intriguing novel starts quietly, mild conflicts and suggested menace not taking enough form for the reader yet to grasp. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2013 by Lyn Alexander
Though possibly better known for his Kenzie and Gennaro series of mystery novels (recommended to any fan of Michael Connely's or Jonathan Kellerman's), here Lehane leaves the tough... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2011 by Andre Farant
This is a highly original thriller with gothic overtones. Taking place in 1954, it is quite atmospheric and redolent of the times. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2011 by lawyeraau
In the summer of 1954, US Marshal Teddy Daniels travels to Shutter Island, home of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2010 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
I rate this product zero because it was defective and the book was printed wrong so it could not be read. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2010 by Ashley