BFTA Review: Dennis Lehane – Shutter Island


Title: Shutter Island
Author: Dennis LeHane
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Rating: 4/5
Read for: 2011 Gothic Reading Challenge

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 (

**WARNING: there are spoilers for the book in this review. If you don’t want to know what happens, please don’t read.**

I cannot gush over how much I loved this book. I really like psychological twists, and while it wasn’t what I was expecting (the summary lead me to believe that it would be a mystery), it was what I got, and the further I got into the book the better it got, and I just couldn’t put it down.
It seems like such an unambiguous ending, but you’re still left wondering whether it’s all in Teddy’s head, or if he really is Teddy and they’re committing him anyway. The puzzles that Teddy and Chuck find along the way spell out the ending, but if you don’t pay too close attention to them, you’ll be surprised at the end. I’m definitely one of those people who doesn’t put two and two together until it’s too late, but for me that works out well because I like being surprised with endings.


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