Shutter Island

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Title: Shutter Island
Author: Dennis Lehane
Pages: 369
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: March 26, 2003 (hardcover); August 25, 2009 (movie tie-in)


My reaction to this book isn't quite fair. A friend of mine accidentally spoiled the ending (of the movie) before I read the book. She didn't directly tell me how it ended. She just, forgetting I hadn't seen the movie yet, made a random comment about it that led me to take a pretty good guess about it. Turns out I wasn't quite right in guessing the ending, but this tidbit of information beforehand left me spending the entire reading experience thinking about it rather than focusing on the story itself.

It's 1954 and U.S. Marshalls Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule head to a remote island to investigate a missing patient at the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. There they learn about the sordid past of the patient and of the hospital. During their visit, a hurricane imposes itself on the island, adding to the overall creepy, dark, and ominous factor throughout this book. And then, of course, they learn there's a whole lot more to the hospital and island than they could have ever known. And soon it's questionable whether they can even leave without going crazy themselves! This book had so many great aspects:


  • Atmosphere: Super creepy. Surrounds the story and the reader. Adds a whole layer to the story.


  • Mystery: So what is it with this crazy patient? And the hospital? And the Island? And with all the strange people?


  • Thrills: Speaks for itself.


  • Surprise: Don't get too comfortable. Things get Crazy!
This is sort of a short review for me, but I don't have much else to say. Shutter Island is definitely a thrilling read full of atmosphere and one of those that I can't wait to see the movie version of!

16 comments:

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

I really enjoyed Shutter Island as well. It is so creepy and I had no idea of what was real and who to believe until the last pages. I still might not know. The movie is one of the few that I have thought on par with the quality of the book. The acting is excellent.

Zibilee said...

I kind of figured out the ending of this one myself. When I heard there was a major plot twist, my mind starting sorting and sifting while I was reading, and I was able to figure out what was going on. It's a shame too, because it would have been impressive had I not known about it beforehand. Also, I thought it was a little derivative because I had also just finished a book with a similar ending, and the two were just too alike for me to be comfortable. I guess the question I need to ask myself is: which one came first?

Sandy Nawrot said...

I think I know which book Heather is talking about, and if I'm right, then Shutter Island was first. I went into the book knowing NOTHING, and the last disc of it brought me to my knees. I really had no idea. For awhile I thought I was the one who was crazy. It just blew me away. Loved the movie too, but the last line (which they added) changed the whole meaning of the end. I was outraged.

Jenna (Literature and a Lens) said...

Shutter Island was the first book I had read by Lehane. I was really impressed with his ability to keep me guessing until the end. Usually, I can figure out the ending of mysteries early on, so this was a pleasant surprise. Hopefully, I'll get around to reading some more of his work.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love how you did this review.

reviewsbylola said...

I watched the movie with my husband but missed the last twenty minutes, so that's probably a good thing. I definitely want to read this one!

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I saw the movie and it was definitely creepy! I'd be interested to read the book, though, because apparently the endings are slightly different.

Jenny said...

Nicole: I've heard that about the movie being really good! Once my hubby reads this we'll be watching it. I think it's on netflix instant stream!

Heather: I could see that frustration... I was afraid the ending was going to be super obvious but I actually didn't quite guess it

Sandy: Oh, I'll have to read the last page or two of the book because I don't remember exactly.

Jenna: I've heard everything he's written is so good! Moonlight Mile too which is the newest.

Juju: :)

Lola: Lol, read the book and then finish the movie! :)

Heather: I really want to see the movie!!

Becky (Page Turners) said...

I might give it a go. I like a good thriller for when I feel like reading something not particularly challenging to the little grey cells. This one sounds great!

Jenny said...

Becky: This one is fun! I definitely recommend it!

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

Haven't read it. Sound creepy. Can it give me the same fear as Stephen King's Salem's Lot?

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I really enjoyed this one!

Tina said...

I loved this book and the movie was done very well I thought. It was haunting to see some of the hard scenes played out on the screen...

Trish said...

LOL--my boss ruined the ending of this one for me as well. She's done this several times so whenever she asks if I've seen a movie I bow out of the conversation. ;) Hope you enjoy the movie--though I wonder how it'll be already knowing exactly what will happen?

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

Bummer that she forgot you didn't know how it ended and slipped a bit of info. At least the ending wasn't completely ruined.

Kari said...

Man, be glad the ending wasn't spoiled for you by the movie trailer! Maybe I've read too many books and/or seen too many movies, but once I caught a single shot in the trailer, I knew exactly how the story was going to end. And I was right! I've since seen the movie and don't feel any need to read the book. Probably would've been better doing it the other way around...

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