Shutter Island: A Novel by Dennis LehaneShutter Island: A Novel by Dennis Lehane

Shutter Island: A Novel

byDennis Lehane

Paperback | August 25, 2009

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The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times calls Shutter Island, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island carries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia and is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including theNew York TimesbestsellersLive by Night;Moonlight Mile;Gone, Baby, Gone;Mystic River;Shutter Island; andThe Given Day—as well asCoronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, currently live in California with their children.
Title:Shutter Island: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061898813

ISBN - 13:9780061898815

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Watched the movie, loved it then read the book and loved the book even more. Definitely a great suspense type storyline.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I watched the movie years ago and read the book afterwards, but gotta admit, everything was almost identical (in a good way). As I was reading it, I kept remembering what happened in the movie
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I first watched this as a movie, it blew my mind. Then I decided to read the book and I loved it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great thriller! a great thriller with a fantastic twist
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a good thriller I don't enjoy thriller novels, but I loved this. A wonderful film, but the book is a hundred times better. Atmospheric and chilling, I could't stop thinking about this one once I put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A suspensful story with a great twist! * please note: I listened to an audio book version of this novel * Shutter Island had been on my “Books to Read” list for a while now after watching the film based on the novel quite some time ago. Usually, when I hear about a film that was based on a novel, I try to read it before I go and see the film. In this case, I had no idea that Shutter Island was a novel before it was a film. For anyone who has either read or watched Shutter Island, you know that there is a pretty great ending to this story that will ultimately blow your mind. Whenever there is a film adaptation of a novel with a shocking twist, regardless of whether you read the book first or watch the film, the other will never provide you with the same shock as when you first experienced the story. For example, I read the novel Gone Girl before watching the film. Obviously, while reading the novel I was shocked, but when I went to go see the film, I knew the outcome of the story the entire time. This isn’t always a bad thing, however, as this time around you can look for clues and foreshadowing that you may have missed the first time you experienced the story. This was the case for me when it comes to Shutter Island. Because I had already seen the film, I knew what the outcome of the story was going to be. Of course I wasn’t as shocked or stunned when I inevitably got to the twist, but the journey towards that twist was definitely a new experience. Knowing what I knew, I was able to pick up on little hints that point toward the outcome that I was oblivious to previously. The question you have to ask yourself when you know you want to watch/read a suspense/thriller adaptation is “Do I want to feel shocked and surprised while reading the book or watching the film?” In some cases, the film may be completely different from the book that it is based on. In that case you may still be in for a few surprises here and there. In this case, both the novel and the film versions of Shutter Island are basically identical. I did watch the film quite some time ago, but while listening to this audiobook, I could almost picture the scenes from the film. I have had this book sitting on my shelf for quite some time, but unfortunately my TBR pile is huge and I often overlook a lot of books that have been sitting there for a while. I had recently discovered the subscription based website Scribd, which allows you access to a large amount of ebooks as well as audiobooks for a monthly fee of $8.99 USD. I decided to give it a try after Whitney from WhittyNovels on YouTube recommended the site. With her exclusive code, you received your first two months for free! While browsing through the site I noticed Shutter Island and decided that now was the time to read/listen to it! The storytelling within Shutter Island is great. Everything starts out fine and dandy, but the story unravels at a quick pace and you start to realize things aren’t exactly what they seem. For those of you who haven’t read the book or seen the film, you should ask yourself the question I stated above, “Do you wish to be shocked while reading the book or watching the film?” For those who have either read the book or watched the novel and wish to do the opposite, you already know the final outcome, so this time around it’s all about looking for the little clues and easter eggs left by author and filmmakers. Shutter Island is a great psychological thriller with a unique story. I highly suggest both the novel and the film for fans of the genre.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this book down! I love books that don't give away the plot as soon as you start reading and Shutter Island proved to be just that. Dennis Lehane gets you invested into the characters, so that even the slightest change in the atmosphere and plot is apparent and surprising. Although I had known what the general ending was (due to my lovely friends who blurted it out), I still couldn't stop reading because the way it was written made everything so unpredictable. This book almost feels like the author is playing with your mind on every page, because of how creepy and odd the storyline is. If you enjoy suspenseful books with psychological twists and turns, you'll devour this book like I did! Also, even if you've seen the movie, go and and read the book, it'll still be as surprising and shocking as the first time you watched or read it.
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confused..... Started off great, couldn't put it down. Ending was totally confusing, like I get it .... but what actually happened on the last page???? I am still scratching my head on this one. I would rate it a 6-
Date published: 2009-09-10

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