Saturday, March 6, 2010

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Summary from Goodreads:

"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."

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! This is the best type of suspense/thriller that is out there in my opinion. Shutter Island has a creepy atmosphere that drew me into the story from the very beginning. I would be planning on just reading a few more pages and then would find myself still reading an hour later. I literally could not put this book down. Teddy Daniels was a great main character. He was very likeable but from the beginning there are questions as he seems to have his own motives. There were tons of twists and turns within the story and the! I mean WOW! But that is all I can tell you without giving anything away. So I'm going to stop there.

Really this is a book that I will definitely be recommending to everyone that I come across. And I know that makes for a really short review but honestly I think that it is better going into this book knowing as little as possible. If you enjoy suspense and thrillers at all then you really need to pick this book up.

P.S.- I am now dying to see the movie!!! Plus, it has Leonardo DiCaprio in it...what could be better?

Disclaimer: I checked this one out from the library usual.
*I read this for the following challenges:
New Author Challenge
Suspense/Thriller Challenge
Support Your Library Challenge
100+ Reading Challenge
"L" Author for the A-Z Challenge (personal)


  1. I loved your short review. Honestly, these are the type of reviews that I read from the beginning to the end!! Now, I have to get my hand on a copy of this book. Sounds fantastic and the clips from the movie really adds to the creepy part of this story!! Thanks for the awesome thoughts!

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Sam! I want to read it soon.

  3. This sounds terrific! I want to read the book before I see the movie.

  4. Loved your review, and if you want to believe me --the movie is even better than the book.

  5. One great read. I am a bit confused about the ending where the "two marshal's" ask something like "Did we get away with it?" as Dr. Cawley was heading for the ferry.

  6. Staci- I do hope you pick it up soon as I really, really enjoyed it!

    Literary Feline- I hope you get the chance to read it.

    Stephanie- That is why I picked the book up..because I definitely didn't want to see the movie first.

    Diane- I'm so excited to hear that..I cannot wait to watch the movie.

    Old Coot- The ending was different, wasn't it? If you want to email me I'll tell you my thoughts but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone in the comments here :)

  7. I'll definitely have to pick this one up before I watch the movie. I love a good thriller every once in awhile :)

  8. Glad you enjoyed it, I watched the film and liked it alot. Leo is fantastic in it.
    Great review!

  9. I've been meaning to read more suspense and thrillers, and the movie trailer thats based on the book with the line "a twist so shocking..." has me intrigued. Maybe I'll have to check out the book. Thanks for the review

  10. This is the second excellent review of this book I see this week! Maybe the universe wants me to read it :P

  11. I also really enjoyed this book. I loved the twist and turns. I think I'll pick up another one of his-maybe Mystic River. I've never seen the movie.

  12. Holly- Me too! And I think that I enjoyed this one even more because I don't always read them :)

    Naida- I cannot wait to watch the movie!!!

    Jules- This is definitely a book that shouldn't be missed. One of my favorites so far this year!

    Nymeth- It might :) But seriously, if you enjoy a good thriller now and then pick it up!

    Tammy- I can't wait to see the movie. And I'll be interested to hear if you enjoy Mystic River as well.


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