Book Review–Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane


This is the 73rd book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Published April 2003


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.



I saw the movie first, but fortunately it’s been a while so I didn’t really remember too much of it and forgot most of the big plot twists.

Far from my favorite read, but I did enjoy it. The story was interesting, as were the characters, and the writing was good though a bit heavy on the dialogue at times. I also liked the setting–it was different. The twists are pretty cool, too.

I felt bad for Teddy at the end and like how all the characters ended up surprising me. Especially Cawley.

Probably not something I’d read again, but I’d recommend reading at least once, I might check out more of the author’s work in the future.





One thought on “Book Review–Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

  1. I saw this and I knew what to expect going in to the film as I had already read about half of the book but never got the chance to finish it. But I was surprised at how faithful the film was to the original material.The directing was also masterfully done and pretty cool I saw some cool camera tricks I hadn’t seen since Martin Scorsese directed Bringing Out The Dead, Martin Scorsese did one great job and everyone was top notch especially Ben Kingsley and DiCaprio and I never though I would jump out of fright especially in a Scorsese film but I did. All in all a solid thriller with a good story and some great performances and for me it’s the best film I’ve seen in 2010 so far.

    More about the movie you can also find it here

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