Review: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

 Book review | Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane | 5 stars

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Cover Photograph: Ilka Hartman
HarperCollins 2003
ISBN: 978 0 380 73186 2



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 remote and barren island, depite 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, nd 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 what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.

Bullet-point review


+ psychological thriller
+ great read, even after seeing the movie
+ clues to the ‘truth’ throughout the book

Full Review

Even though I had seen the movie a couple of years ago, and I remembered the final and masterful plot change of the book, I still really enjoyed reading it. Sure, I knew what was going to happen at some point, but every once in a while I still doubted whether I remembered correctly: that’s how great this book has been written. I wasn’t sure what was true anymore.

In the end, it turned out I had been right all along, and it was great to find the small clues that proved that throughout the book. Revealing anything about the plot would be giving away the story. However, if you like psychological thriller, this one might be for you!

Another interesting aspect is the ending of the book (especially compared to the movie). Highlight the next text if you want to know: at the ending of the book, Andrew reverts back to Teddy. The same happens in the movie. However, in the movie, it seems as if Andrew is doing this on purpose, because he wants to get the treatment to forget what he’s done. There’s no such thing going on in the book, making it even sadder.


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